KTU PhD studies

Kaunas University of Technology offers 19 PhD programmes in Technological, Natural, Social Sciences and Humanities. Learn more about admission procedure, requirements, and scholarships.

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KTU welcomes you to study PhD in one of 19 fields of science in technological, natural, and social sciences, and humanities.

Extended information about Doctoral studies at Kaunas University of Technology can be found on the Research page.

2020 Regulations for main admission to doctoral studies
(study programmes of science fields coordinated by the University)

Admission procedure

► 1st step

Fill in the application form online* https://apply.ktu.edu

* for admission to Education, Sociology, Political Sciences and Transport Engineering see section “Dates & Deadlines”

► 2nd step

Upload required documents online (only PDF format):

  • Copy of ID card or passport
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Copy of application fee payment (40 EUR for EU citizens, and 100 EUR for non-EU citizens)
  • Official legalised Bachelor’s and Master’s diplomas or a higher education degree equivalents and academic transcripts
  • References by two academic referees or researchers from the relevant field of science
  • List of scientific publications
  • Copies of scientific publications
  • Research proposal on the selected topic (if required for a certain programme)
  • Certificate of English proficiency: IELTS >=6.5, TOEFL>=90, ECFR>=C1, or equivalent
  • Other relevant documents

The failure to provide on time all required documents will result in the exclusion from the competition.

Special requirements for certain programmes are indicated in the Admission Regulations.


► 3rd step

Participate in motivational interview

  • at Kaunas University of Technology, K. Donelaičio St. 73,  Kaunas, Lithuania


  • via Internet

► 4th step

Sign study contract at Kaunas University of Technology, K. Donelaičio St. 73, rooms 422 and 423, Kaunas, Lithuania

(Passport or ID is required, as well as originals or apostilled/notarized copies of diplomas).

Main Admission

Coordinated by Kaunas University of Technology

Application period: 28 February – 15 May 2020 *
28 February – 23 June 2020 **
Motivational interviews (timetable >>>>>)***
25, 26, 29 June 2020
Results of competition
29 June 2020, from 4 p.m.
Appeals 30 June 2020, 8.00 – 10.00 a.m.
Results of appeals
30 June 2020, 11 a.m.
Final results of competition
30 June 2020, 1 p.m.
Study agreements
1 – 2 July 2020
1 p.m. – 5 p.m. (for those who are present in Lithuania)
Start of studies: 1 September 2020


* If citizens of foreign states wish come to Lithuania for studies, they shall pass a procedure of recognition of their diplomas issued abroad. The processes of recognition of qualifications are regulated by international and national legal norms. The academic recognition is an assessment of a qualification in an academic aspect, i.e. establishing whether the qualification conforms to the requirements set for the relevant qualification in Lithuania. KTU will start the process of academic recognition only after an applicant submits his/her application to doctoral studies.

** For those foreign candidates who acquired their diplomas in Lithuania, or have a certificate that their foreign diploma is recognized in Lithuania.
*** International candidates, who are not present here in Lithuania, will be interviewed online. Those international candidates join the Zoom meeting room with the link provided to them by email to the address indicated in their applications.  


Admission to Transport Engineering

Coordinated by Vilnius Gediminas Technical University

Application period  25 June – 1 July 2020
Motivational interviews (VGTU, Vilnius) 3 July 2020
Results of competition 7 July 2020
Appeals 7 July 2020, 1 p.m.
Results of appleas. Final results of competition 8 July 2020, 10 a. m.
Study agreements 8 – 9 July 2020


Admission to Sociology

Coordinated by Vytautas Magnus University

Application period
(application form)
1 July – 26 August 2020
Motivational interviews (VDU) 10 September 2020
Results of competition 16 September 2020
Appeals to doctoral committee 17-21 September 2020
Appeals to the head of institution 22-24 September 2020
Final results of competition 28 September 2020
Study agreements (KTU) 29 – 30 September 2020


Admission to Political Sciences

Coordinated by Vytautas Magnus University

Application period
(application form)
1 July – 28 August 2020
Motivational interviews (VDU) 7-14  September 2020
Results of competition 16 September 2020
Appeals to doctoral committee 17-21 September 2020
Appeals to the head of institution 22-24 September 2020
Final results of competition 28 September 2020
Study agreements (KTU) 29 – 30 September 2020



Admission to Education

Coordinated by Lithuanian Sports University

Document submission and registration
(application form)
24/8/2020 – 4/9/2020
Entrance examination in Educational Sciences.
The examination is to be taken only by persons who have acquired their education in a different field than Educational Sciences.
Announcement of the results of the examination in Educational Sciences 7/9/2020
Possibility to appeal regarding the objectivity of the assessment of knowledge in Educational Sciences 8/9/2020
Hearing of appeals 10/9/2020
Invitation to a motivational interview (applicants are informed by e-mails) 14/9/2020
Motivational interview
Meeting of the Committee for Doctoral Studies in the field of Educational Sciences at Lithuanian Sports University. All the candidates shall have a motivational interview. In case of quarantine virtual meeting will be held.
16/9/2020, 10.00 a.m.
Meeting of the Committee regarding admission
(committee members only)
Announcement of the final results 18/9/2020
Possibility to appeal regarding the objectivity of the assessment of motivational interview, and compliance to the rules of admission. 21/9/2020 – 22/9/2020
If there are no appeals, signing study agreements 23/9/2020
Hearing of appeals. 23/9/2020
Possibility to write an appeal to the Rector of the Coordinating university. 24/9/2020 – 25/9/2020
Hearing of appeals. 28/9/2020 – 29/9/2020
Signing study agreements 30/9/2020


Students admitted to state-funded places of doctoral studies receive a scholarship of the amount established by the Government of the Republic of Lithuania during the period of studies.
During the first year of studies state-funded doctoral student receives 741 Eur/month, during 2-4 year of studies the sholarship is 858 Eur/month.

Additional Funding

Doctoral students may expect additional funding:

  • Scholarships of the Research Council of Lithuania and KTU Funds are awarded for excellent results of studies and scientific research
  • Financial incentive of KTU Doctoral Fund for scientific activities of doctoral students
  • Financial incentive of the Research Council of Lithuania for academic visits of doctoral students
  • Support of KTU Fund of International Scientific Events for participation in the international scientific conferences, seminars, and science competitions.



Application fee

Application fee is 40 EUR for the Lithuanian and the European Union citizens, and 100 EUR for the citizens outside of the European Union. The invoice with the bank details is issued as soon as the applicant submits the application online.


Tuition fee

Students admitted to state-funded positions are exempted of tuition fee for a period up to 48 months.

Self-funded doctoral students pay the tuition fee that is ~ 7685-9449 euros per year.

What is diploma recognition and what do I need to do?
Diploma recognition is the alignment of Lithuanian and foreign education. In order for you to be accepted for study in Lithuania, your previous education needs to be evaluated against the Lithuanian degree structure.
As soon as you submit your application (full package as required in admission regulations), KTU starts the recognition procedure. The duration of this process is 2-10 weeks.


I am graduating KTU (or other institution in Lithuania). When is the deadline?
23 June 2020 for the Main admission.


My diploma will be issued abroad later than 15 May 2020, can I still apply?
No for the Main Admission: by 15 May all mandatory documents must be submitted.


I want to apply to Sociology (Political Sciences, Education, Transport Engineering). When are the deadlines?
See section “Dates and Deadlines”


When is my motivation interview?
25, 26, 29 June 2020.
The timetable is provided in “Dates and deadlines“.


I have MSc in Management, but I want to pursue the doctoral research in Mechanical Engineering. Am I eligible to apply to PhD in Mechanical Engineering?
You are eligible (provided that you have certain background and scientific experience in Mechanical Engineering, Technological Sciences).
After admission: possible necessity to take additional courses in the field of science (fee-paying).


I want to study either Chemistry, or Physics. Can I apply to both?
Yes, you can. However, consider:
-the mandatory recommendations of supervisors
-your scientific experience in both science fields
-participation in interviews with each committee
-your motivation


I was not admitted during the main admission, but now I want to apply for additional admission/another PhD programme. Do I have to pay the application fee again?
Yes, as far as another admission process starts, you have to pay application fee again.


I do not have any paper published yet. Can I apply?
Yes, you can apply. You will have to write a research paper on the topic that you are applying to.
2 topics = 2 different research papers
2 programmes 2 topics = 4 different research papers
How to write a research paper: Admission regulations Annex 4


For the programme that I am applying it is required to provide a research proposal. Is it the same as research paper?
No, research proposal ≠ research paper.
Note! 2 topics = 2 research proposals
How to write a research proposal: Admission regulations Annex 5


Can I submit my documents as pictures?
No, only PDF format is acceptable.
Failure to follow the requirement: application will be rejected/reopened.


Where do I get the document certifying my English language proficiency?
If there is no English level indicated in your MSc or BSc diploma supplement, register for a test and obtain your certificate at:
– KTU Centre of Foreign Languages
– any institution, certified to provide this service
– TOEFL, IELTS, etc.


My MSc (BSc) is issued abroad. Do I have to get it apostilled?
All foreign diplomas should be notary verified or apostilled, except for diplomas issued in EU countries, USA, Russian Fed., Moldova, Ukraine, Belarus.
However, all copies and translations must be notarized.


Can I pay my application fee after I am accepted?
No, all mandatory documents (including copy of application fee transfer) must be submitted by the application deadline.


The supervisor of the topic is not responding to my email, and I cannot get the recommendation. Can I still apply?
In such case, for those programmes where it is mandatory to provide a recommendation by the supervisor of the topic, your application will be considered as incomplete and will be withdrawn from the competition.


My final competition score exceeded minimum required score. Does it guarantee admission?
No, the minimum required score does not guarantee you a position.
A certain number of state-funded positions can be less than the number of candidates with >min.competition score.


Will I receive my health insurance?
If you are a citizen of one of the Member States of the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland and have a European Health Insurance Card, you are guaranteed state health care services in the case of an accident. You need to be aware that the card does not cover the expenses of health care services provided by the private sector.
If you are a citizen of a country outside the European Union, you must contact one of the insurance companies on Lithuanian Insurers Association (LDA) list. In order to study in Lithuania you must have a valid health insurance, covering the duration of stay, and its copy (the amount of medical insurance coverage is EUR 5792,40).



Doctoral School

Kaunas University of Technology

K. Donelaičio St. 73, rooms 422, 423,

LT-44249 Kaunas, Lithuania


Phones:  +370 626 227 01, +370 37 300 625

Email: phd@ktu.lt

Skype: ktu.phd



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