Tallinn University of Technology

Teaching is organised into modules combining lectures, seminars and laboratory work in the recently renovated laboratory of Polymer Physics and Technology, which is equipped with state-of- the-art devices. The programme also emphasises the basic practical knowledge of CAD-engineering programmes and CAM-manufacturing technologies as they are extremely important in every industrial sector all over the world. The curriculum gives students the unique opportunity to implement their individual research projects in collaboration with various companies.

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Admissions

Students for this study programme are admitted based on the admission threshold. An online interview will be conducted only with the candidates who have passed the preliminary evaluation. The maximum score for the essay and online interview is 10 points. An applicant who receives the minimum of 5 points is admitted.

Please find the programme specific admission requirements below:

Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in natural sciences or technical fields.

In order to qualify for the studies in Tallinn University of Technology an applicant has to have at least 60% of the highest possible CGPA.

In order to apply, a candidate is required to upload a Test-taker Score Report of the GRE General Test to the DreamApply application system with the necessary threshold scores:

  • Verbal Reasoning at least 145
  • Quantitative Reasoning at least 150
  • Analytical Writing score at least 3.0

This is a prerequisite for qualifying and has to be fulfilled latest by the application deadline.

Candidates who have obtained a full Bachelor's degree in EU, EFTA or OECD member state are waived from the GRE requirement.

Please see more information about our GRE General Test requirement here, including the exact eligibility criteria for being exempted from this prerequisite and how to order the test result electronically to TalTech.

Please write your essay in one of the proposed 3 topics based on your interest and study motivation.

Essay topics:

  1. What motivates me to study wood technology
  2. What motivates me to study textile technology
  3. What motivates me to study plastics technology

In the essay, please describe your previous experience in the field of wood, plastic and textile technology. What is your aim to study this technology and how it is connected with your future career. Describe how studying in this master's programme would develop your skills and knowledge and help you to become expert in the field.

NB! It is important to properly cite and reference any sources used in your motivation letter (quotations, publications, ideas etc. that are not your own). Neglecting the rules of referencing and citation is considered plagiarism and will result in the disqualification of your application.

The interview takes approximately 30 minutes. Aspects evaluated during the interview:

  • How do you plan to finance your stay/study in Estonia?

  • Have you been studying or working abroad of your home country? Work experience.

  • What is your motivation to study Wood Technology or Technology of Plastics and Textiles?

  • Future plans? Do you plan to continue in science or industry?

  • What do you know about our programme?

  • Language evaluation based on communication.

Overview

At the master's level of the Technology of Wood, Plastics and Textiles curriculum, it is possible to specialize in Wood Technology or Plastic and Textile Technology. Both directions have a solid industrial and technological foundation because the sub-branches of the textile and clothing, rubber and plastic, and wood and furniture industries account for 35% of the sales volume of Estonia's manufacturing industry. High demand for specialists with specialized knowledge has resulted from companies investing in production expansion, technology development, and efficiency improvements as a result of the increase in export volumes. 

You will learn in-depth information about the construction, properties, and technologies of wood, plastic and textile industry materials, depending on the direction you choose. You will acquire basic knowledge of technology entrepreneurship, project planning, analysis and management, which you can supplement with optional subjects. Material testing methods, industry-specific (wood or textile) CAD/CAM technologies and product modeling and production digitalization are related to product development and innovative production. 

We are not limited to only theoretical knowledge - in teaching there is a great emphasis on practical laboratory work, solving tasks and carrying out projects. E-learning enables the flexible acquisition of knowledge in all courses. 

Teaching takes place in English. It is an international study program in which studying is free for citizens of Estonia and other European Union countries.

CURRICULUM OUTLINE (120 ECTS)

  • General studies – cover courses about project planning, entrepreneurship and management.

  • Core studies – include courses about materials' testing, structure of wood, plastic, textile and composite materials, CAD/CAM technologies in furniture, plastics and garment industry, etc.

  • Special studiesstudents can specialise in wood technology or technology of plastics and textiles.

  • The courses cover technologies in the woodworking and furniture industry, the technology of plastics industry, technologies and equipment of the textile and garment industry, etc.

  • Free choice courses – students can choose from a wide variety of courses offered at the university.

  • Graduation thesis – scientific or engineering project that is based on the special studies module individual research projects performed during studies.

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Future Career

Growing export volumes have made manufacturing companies invest in new technologies (automation, digitalization, etc.) and increase production capacities. As a result, there is a high demand for designers, technologists, production experts, and managers with specialized knowledge across all industries. 

You can start your career as an engineer, constructor, technology specialist, or project manager at companies operating in the field, which are primarily export-oriented businesses with international teams.  After acquiring the necessary work experience, a logical continuation is, for example, the position of a department manager (sales, purchasing, product development, production, and quality manager). 

The business processes of the materials processing industry are similar, and therefore the opportunities to move from one industry sector to another (e.g. from the wood sector to the upholstery sector) are very good and this gives better application opportunities in the work market. After earning a master's degree, you can also pursue a career in academia or continue your education by enrolling in doctoral studies.

Why study wood, plastic and textile technology at TalTech?

Lecturers from foreign universities and private sector practitioners involved in teaching bring new directions related to the development of science and technology to students. 

We visit successful Estonian manufacturing companies, during which the students get a very good overview of the existing technological level and future jobs. 

Several cooperation projects are also carried out with companies, which give our students work experience and direct contact with potential employers.
 

What students say

Alaa AlBarazi

Syria

Specialising in wood technology can lead to work in many careers like design, project management, laboratories, production or even entrepreneurial. Introducing artistic multifunctional furniture to the market-place is just one example of an appealing professional job in this industry. These are the challenges that led to the development of the U-CAT robot in TalTech. This region has a long history of wood innovation and the Nordic model is noticeable in the lifestyle and education system as well.


 

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