The Faculty of Arts and Humanities of the University of Tartu is the largest, most diverse and most internationally recognised centre for research in the Humanities in Estonia.
In many of our disciplines, international peer-reviewed top journals are published, which are indexed in global databases, and the editors or editors-in-chief of which are staff members at the Faculty. The journals include
- Sign Systems Studies, the world's oldest continuously published journal of semiotics;
- Estonian Journal of Archaeology Muinasaja teadus (Research into Ancient Times) in archaeology;
- Ajalooline Ajakiri (The Estonian Historical Journal) and
- Forschungen zur Baltischen Geschichte (Journal of Baltic Studies) in history;
- Journal of Ethnology and Folkloristics;
- Linguistica Uralica etc.
The Faculty has always been an active organiser of international conferences.
In the advancement of research, a significant contribution is provided by junior researchers and PhD students. The teaching and research of the Faculty's PhD students is coordinated by the Graduate Schools (Graduate School of Linguistics, Philosophy and Semiotics and the Graduate School of Cultural Research and Fine Arts). As of 1 February 2011, the number of PhD students at the Faculty is 327. Each year, 15-20 PhD theses are defended at the Faculty.