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

Doctoral studies and research

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
    public defence
  • Duration: 4 years



  • Language of study: English


  • Scientific title: Doctor of Science


  • Funding: state-funded or self-funded positions


Doctoral School

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


Admission to doctoral studies

Admission procedure

► 1st step

Choose a programme and a research topic


► 2nd step

Fill in the application 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.


► 3rd  step

Participate in motivational interview (mandatory)

  • at Kaunas University of Technology or via Internet


► 4th step

Sign your learning agreement with Kaunas University of Technology

(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:
Political Sciences
Transport Engineering


  • Regulations for Admission 2022 will be published in February 2022

Dates and deadlines


The Admission to doctoral studies for intake 2021 is over.
At the moment we do not have vacancies in state-funded doctoral studies.

Admission periods*:

PhD programmes coordinated by KTU March – June
PhD in Transport Engineering (coordinated by Vilnius TECH) June
PhD in Sociology, and in Political Sciences (coordinated by VDU) August-September
PhD in Education (coordinated by LSU) August-September
Additional admission (only if there are vacancies) September-October

* see Admission Regulations for exact application deadlines

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 2021):

Science Area
Annual tuition fee, EUR
Technological Sciences 9260
Natural Sciences 10646
Social Sciences 9100
Humanities 10646




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 a 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.



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


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.

The duration of this process is ~ 3-15 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 ~3-15 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 final 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 Master degree 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.

Provided that your studies are in Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, and if the Graduation Ceremony is later than the application deadline, you should contact the your Faculty/Academic Office with the request to issue:
– a document certifying the fact that you have completed certain Master programme, and the date of diploma awarding must be indicated;
– an academic transcript of all study semesters in that Master programme, including credits and evaluations, as well as the results of Master thesis defence.

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.

Yes, you are eligible apply to all programmes offered by KTU, except to Informatics Engineering: for this programme at least one publication is mandatory.

In this case you will have to write a research paper on the topic that you are applying to.
Note! 2 topics = 2 different research papers
2 programmes 2 topics = 4 different research papers
How to write a research paper: Admission regulations Annex 4

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).

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.