Doctoral studies and research

19 doctoral (PhD) programmes in Technological, Natural, Social Sciences and Humanities.
Learn more about admission procedure, requirements, and scholarships.

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Contacts

Doctoral School

Tel.:  +370 626 227 01, +370 37 300 625
Email: phd@ktu.lt
ktu.edu/phd

Doctoral degree

Doctoral studies are the third-cycle study programmes that aim to develop the knowledge and skills required for carrying out independent research.


The Doctoral degree
is awarded to a doctoral student who completes the doctoral programme and defend their doctoral dissertation. The Doctor of Science degree allows access to the world of scientific research, not limited to the academic world, but also in independent research centres and production facilities.

Doctoral studies and research

  • Studies (30 ECTS Credits)
    3-4 study modules
    1-2 study modules abroad
  • Research and presentation of research results in
    ≥2 international scientific conferences and
    ≥2 scientific publications of research results
  • Doctoral dissertation
    preparation
    public defence
  • Duration: 4 years

 

 

  • Language of study: English

 

  • Scientific title: Doctor of Science

 

  • Funding: state-funded or self-funded positions
 

Admission to doctoral studies

Admission procedure

► 1st step

Fill in the application form online https://apply.ktu.edu and  upload all required documents:

  • Copy of ID card or passport
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Copy of application fee payment
  • 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
  • Reference by the supervisor of the research topic (if required for a certain programme)
  • 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; TOEFL; ECFR, or equivalent
  • Other relevant documents
The failure to provide on time all required documents will result in the exclusion from the competition.
All specific requirements for each programme are indicated in the Admission Regulations.

 

► 2nd step

Participate in motivational interview (mandatory)

  • at Kaunas University of Technology or via Internet

 

► 3rd 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).

 

* for admission to Education, Sociology, and Political Sciences see the Admission Regulations

Admission Regulations

 

2021 Regulations for admission to doctoral studies (science fields coordinated by KTU)

 

Regulations for admission to:
Education (will be published in July)
Sociology (will be published in June)
Political Sciences (will be published in June)
Transport Engineering (will be published in June)

Dates and deadlines

 

The Main Admission to doctoral studies for intake 2021 will take place in June 2021

list of programmes coordinated by KTU

 

Admission to doctoral programmes coordinated by KTU:

Submission and registration of the admission documents 1 March – 22 June 2021,
1 p.m. (UTC+2)
Submission of the admission documents for those candidates who have completed their higher education studies at a foreign educational institution and have no document of the acknowledgement of their diploma in the Republic of Lithuania 1 March – 14 May 2021,
4 p.m. (UTC+2)
Submission of appeals against the incorrect evaluation of the admission documents 23 June 2021
from 8 to 10 a.m. (UTC+2)
Announcement of the results of the appeals against the incorrect evaluation of the admission documents 23 June 2021,
from 4 p.m. (UTC+2)
Interviews with the doctoral committees of the relevant science fields 28–30 June 2021
(the timetable will be announced not earlier than 23 June)
Presentation of information to the candidates regarding the competition results in the Admission Information System 30 June 2021,
from 4 p.m. (UTC+2)
Acceptance of appeals against the admission results 1 July 2021,
from 8 to 10 a.m. (UTC+2)
Announcement of the result of the appeals against the admission results 1 July 2021,
from 4 p.m. (UTC+2)
Information to the candidates regarding the final results of the competition in the Admission Information System 1 July 2021,
from 5 p.m. (UTC+2)
Signing of study contracts with the candidates invited to doctoral studies 2, 5 July 2021,
from 1 to 4 p.m. (UTC+2)

Admission to doctoral studies in Energetics and Power Engineering (position at Lithuanian Energy Institute)

Collaborative doctoral partnership among Kaunas University of Technology, Lithuanian Energy Institute and the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission (JRC).
Available research topic: “Analysis of spent fuel ageing processes during interim and long storage period”
Application deadline: 31 May 2021
Detailed information: application procedure

Fees. Funding

 

Application fee

Application fee is 40 EUR for the citizens of the Republic of Lithuania and any other country of the European Union, and 100 EUR for the citizens of all other countries. 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 (valid for those admitted in 2020):

Science Area
Annual tuition fee, EUR
Technological Sciences 8787
Natural Sciences 10646
Social Sciences 9020
Humanities 10646

The annual tuition fee for intake 2021 will be anounced later.

 

Scholarships

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 a state-funded doctoral student receives 760 Eur/month, during 2-4 year of studies the sholarship is 880 Eur/month.
In this case, there are no tuition fees, but student is responsible for taking care of the costs of living.

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.

Contacts

 

Doctoral School

Kaunas University of Technology
K. Donelaičio St. 73, rooms 422, 423,
LT-44249 Kaunas, Lithuania

Tel.:  +370 626 227 01, +370 37 300 625
Email: phd@ktu.lt
ktu.edu/phd

 

Consultation hours (by appointment only!):
I-IV 13:00-17:00
V 13:00-15:45

 

Doctoral programmes & Dissertation research topics

 

Frequently asked questions

On this page are answers to some of the questions that applicants frequently ask us.
If you have questions that are not answered here, or elsewhere on our website, please contact us by e-mail phd@ktu.lt

Diplomas. Academic Records / Transcripts

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.
Evaluation and recognition of the education documents is conducted by the University only upon receiving a duly filled-in and approved application form for the participation in the competition for doctoral studies along with all mandatory documents for admission prior to the deadline. More information is available at academic-recognition.
A candidate may apply for evaluation and recognition of their documents at any time directly to the Centre for Quality Evaluation in Higher Education: skvc.lt
The duration of this process is ~ 2-15 weeks.

When we receive a duly filled-in and approved application form for the participation in the competition for doctoral studies along with all mandatory documents, the process of your foreign degree documents evaluation and recognition will be started.
Note that we will not review or assess your degree diploma and  academic record without an official application to doctoral studies at Kaunas University of Technology, including payment of the appropriate application fee.

You will be informed about the results od recognition in 2-15 weeks.

For initial stage of the admission process, a temporary (provisional) degree certificate is enough. However, for final stage of the process you have to submit your final degree certificate.

A Temporary (Provisional) Degree Certificate is a document issued by an institution to a student who has been awarded or conferred an academic degree. The Temporary (Provisional) Degree Certificate is issued as a replacement for the actual Degree Certificate e.g. in case the actual Degree Certificate cannot be given to the student immediately after the studies have been completed due to technical or
administrative reasons. As far as all foreign degree diplomas must be evaluated and recognized, only final certificates are processed, and therefore any temporary / provisional diplomas will be considered as insufficient for evaluation and recognition.

If your Master diploma was issued outside Lithuania, then according to the regulations it must be evaluated and recognized. For diploma recognition process both Bachelor and Master diplomas and their supplements are mandatory. More information is available on skvc.lt

All documents issued in languages other than English, or Lithuanian should be supplemented with an official translation.

All documents (original language and translation) necessary for the evaluation must be officially certified!

  • The certificates in original language must be notarized. A simple copy, attached to a certified translation, is not enough.
  • The translated documents must be officially certified or stamped by the translator

Usually, a translation contains, in addition to the translation, a copy of the certificate in original language. However, translators are only allowed to certify the document issued by themselves. Take both the translation and the original certificate with you to the certifying authority. By this you can ensure that both documents (translation and document in original language) can be certified.

It is required that you list all post-secondary institutions you have attended: you need to list details about your both Bachelor’s and Master’s studies (and PhD, if applicable). If you are currently pursuing your  PhD research, you must also indicate that information.

Additional supporting documents

The recommendations have to be issued in the same calendar year when the candidate’s application is submitted. A recommendation has to explicitly specify the institution and the science field to which the candidate is being recommended.

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.

According to the Admission Regulations §8.4. A recommendation by the supervisor of the topic to which the candidate is applying is required in the science fields of Physics, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Informatics Engineering, Materials Engineering and Mechanical Engineering; a consent of the supervisor of the topic to which the candidate is applying to supervise the candidate if he/she is invited to studies is required if the candidate is applying to the science field of Informatics Engineering; if the candidate is applying to the positions of doctoral studies funded in the framework of the invitation to doctoral studies under the competition of the Research Council of Lithuania, a recommendation of the topic to which the candidate is applying is required.

A consent of the supervisor of the topic to which the candidate is applying to Informatics Engineering is required to confirm that the supervisor agrees to supervise the candidate if he/she is invited to studies.
That means that a candidate has to communicate with the researcher well before the application deadline.

A list of the research works has to be submitted with the unabridged bibliographic description. You may search the internet on “bibliographical references on a list of references” or see here.

No, only PDF format is acceptable.
Failure to follow the requirements may result in rejection of application.

No, research proposal ≠ research paper.
Note! 2 topics = 2 research proposals
How to write a research proposal: Admission regulations Annex 5

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

It now possible to document your English through the TOEFL IBT Special Home Edition Test. The test is a possibility for students to take their test at home rather than at a test center.

Unfortunately no late documents or test results are accepted.

Application fee

No, all mandatory documents (including copy of application fee transfer) must be submitted by the application deadline.

Eligibility. Requirements

Yes, you can if you meet the requirements for both programmes. However, consider:
-the mandatory recommendations of supervisors
-your scientific experience in both science fields
-participation in interviews with each committee
-your motivation

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).

Yes, for most programmes you can apply, but in this case  you must 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

Exception: if you apply to Informatics Engineering, you must have at least one scientific article published.

Results of 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.

If you believe that the admission decision is incorrect, you may lodge an appeal. Follow the instructions included in the Admission Regulations.