Long cycle degree


Key features

  • Qualification: Magister / …kraad
  • Qualification in English: Master / Degree in …
  • EQF level: 7
  • Cycle: Long cycle
  • Thesis required: Final thesis or examination
  • Nominal length: 5-6 years / 300-360 ECTS credits
  • Access requirement: Upper secondary education
  • Access to further study: Doktor (Doctoral) programme


The nominal length of programmes in medicine, and beginning in the 2002/2003 academic year, also in veterinary medicine, is 6 years (360 ECTS credits). In other fields mentioned below it is 5 years (300 ECTS credits).

Such single long-cycle studies, called integrated bachelor-master studies, are based on an integrated programme which contains both basic studies and profound specialisation. Generally, the graduate of an integrated study programme is awarded a degree of Magister, except in the fields of medicine, dentistry and veterinary medicine.

Degree titles

Persons who have completed an integrated long-cycle programme are awarded the following degrees:

  • Arstikraad – Degree in Medicine (MD)
  • Hambaarstikraad – Degree in Dentistry (DD)
  • Farmaatsiamagister – Master of Science in Pharmacy (MSc)
  • Loomaarstikraad – Degree in Veterinary Medicine (DVM)
  • Arhitektuurimagister – Master of Science in Architecture (MSc)
  • Tehnikateaduste magister – Master of Science in Civil Engineering (MSc)
  • Haridusteaduse magister – Master of Arts in Education (MA)

Learning outcomes

In order to be awarded a degree upon completion of the integrated study programmes of bachelor’s and master’s study, a student shall:

  • have systematic overview and broad knowledge of concepts, theories and research methods of the field of study;
  • know the theoretical development trends, current problems and potential applications in the field of study;
  • have in depth-knowledge in a narrower research field of the field of research;
  • be able to identify and create interdisciplinary connections;
  • be able to independently and creatively identify and formulate problems and /or research questions related to the field of study and be able to solve them with appropriate measures within given timeframes and within limited information, using of knowledge of other fields as necessary;
  • be able to select and use appropriate methods and technologies when solving problems of the field of study, and to model and/or assess the potential results;
  • be able to critically evaluate his or her activities when solving problems and/or research questions of the field of study;
  • be prepared to work in an area of activity requiring professional qualifications, showing initiative, responsibility, leadership and team work skills;
  • be able to hand down with competence his or her knowledge by teaching, instruction or in another manner;
  • be able to present and reason orally or in written form in the language of instruction and a foreign language essential for his or her field of study the problems relating to the field of study, conclusions and the underlying theories, and to participate in relevant discussions of both corresponding specialists and non-specialists;
  • be willing to actively participate in the civil society and demonstrate tolerance towards diversity of attitudes and values;
  • be able to act ethically in complex situations, be aware of the ethical aspects, possibilities, restrictions and social role of his or her activities and be able to provide reasoned assessment in issues concerning his or her field of study;
  • be able to evaluate his or her need, and the need of others, of continuing education and professional development, and have command of effective methods necessary for independent study;
  • be able to continue studies or participate in research, act as a specialist or developer in his or her field, including internationally.