Civil Engineering

Double degree programme with the University of Bologna, Italy

The programme aims to educate the best qualified scientists and educators of civil engineering for Kaunas University of Technology and other institutions of higher education; to prepare researchers, who are able to carry out actual problem-solving oriented research in the construction area, for the companies and administrations of construction sector.
Doctoral dissertation topics in civil engineering research are relevant in Lithuania and abroad, they are linked with research activities of Faculty of Civil Engineering and Architecture and Institute of Architecture and Construction. The doctoral programme corresponds to the main fields of researches: increase of the energy efficiency of buildings, designing and researches of building’s constructions, development and research of new building materials, construction technology and management. All necessary equipment and facilities for research are present in the departments. Most PhD students are accepted for part-time work in the departments or institutes during the period of their doctoral studies. During the study period, PhD students gain practical experience of research, processing and future application of their results. PhD students have an opportunity to communicate with representatives of the manufactures; consequently, they get comprehensive practical information about materials and products. Most of doctoral students of the civil engineering science carry out a part of their studies and research in foreign scientific and educational institutions.

Cycle Third cycle
Language Lithuanian, English
Duration 4 y.
Degree awarded Doctor of Science
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Doctoral School
Student Info Center
Studentų st. 50
LT-51368, Kaunas


Research topics

Topic title Possible scientific supervisors Source of funding
Development of Technologies for Accumulation and Use of Waste Energy in Engineering Systems of Buildings
prof. dr. Tadas Ždankus state-funded
Environmentally friendly composite for 3D printing technology, structure and properties research. prof. dr. Vitoldas Vaitkevičius state-funded
Application of Innovative Solutions in the Renovation of Interwar Heritage Buildings: Concept Development and Evaluation
prof. dr. Lina Šeduikytė state-funded
Investigations of the performance characteristics of wood and polyurethane foam in the contact zone of these materials
vyresn.m.d. dr. Raimondas Bliūdžius state-funded
Modeling of Mechanical Properties and Investigations on Durability of Wooden Constructions from Natural and Glued Solid Timber (GST) and/or Laminated Veneer Lumber (LVL)
doc. dr. Ernestas Ivanauskas state-funded
Integrated Approaches for Enhancing the Structural Safety, Resilience, and Retrofitting of Buildings in the Context of Natural Hazards
prof. dr. Andrius Jurelionis state-funded
The digital twin of the buildings' energy status prof. dr. Darius Pupeikis state-funded
Investigation of performance and durability of sealing tapes for building application
vyresn.m.d. dr. Vaida Dobilaitė state-funded
Semantic Enrichment of Building Information Model (BIM) Using Artificial Inteligence prof. dr. Darius Pupeikis state-funded
Investigation of textile waste utilization for interior decoration panels
vyresn.m.d. dr. Milda Jucienė state-funded
Research on the durability of thermal-insulating and structural biocomposite from wood waste
doc. dr. Algirdas Augonis state-funded
Application of circular economy and decarbonization principles in the construction sector
prof. dr. Lina Šeduikytė state-funded
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Entry requirements

Minimum requirements

Persons with a Master’s Degree or equivalent degree of higher education may participate in an open competition for admission to doctoral studies.

Applicants to the doctoral field of science are accepted by competition according to the competition score. Minimum Competition Score 8.0

Additional condition: 

1. An applicant must submit a research proposal on the selected topic

2. One of the submitted recommendations has to be written by the supervisor of the topic


Application procedure

Mandatory documents for admission:

  • Application indicating the science field, the topic and the form of funding (online)*
  • Official legalised Master’s diploma with the diploma supplements or a higher education degree equivalents and academic transcripts (translated into English or Lithuanian and notary verified) and the certificate of recognition if higher education qualification acquired abroad 
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Recommendations by two researchers of the relevant science field (one of the submitted recommendations by scientists has to be written by the supervisor of the topic)
  • A research proposal on the selected topic (if the applicant applies to two topics, two individual research proposals have to be submitted)
  • A list of the research works with a full bibliographic description and copies thereof; if no research works by the applicant are presented, the applicant is required to present a research paper whose topic is consistent with the dissertation topic indicated in the applicant’s application (if the applicant applies to two dissertation topics, two individual research papers have to be submitted)
  • A copy of a valid personal document: a passport (for citizens of all countries) or an ID card (only for citizens of the European Union)
  • A copy of the receipt of the application fee payment (50 EUR for EU citizens, and 120 EUR for non-EU citizens)
  • A certificate issued by IELTS, TOEFL, CERF or any other competent institution within the last 2 years certifying the level of the English language if the candidate is not a graduate of the first or second cycle studies conducted in the English language

* The applicant can select no more than 2 (two) research fields and no more than 2 (two) topics per science field.

Participation in motivational interview  (Kaunas University of Technology, Studentų g. 50, Kaunas, Lithuania or online)

Signing a study agreement (if invited to study)


Selection criteria and their weighted coefficients

Weighted grade point average of the Master’s diploma supplement


Research experience

Research experience in ten-point grading system (the evaluation of the research experience includes the candidate’s scientific publications or the research paper, other research experience, scientific qualifications, the compliance of the scientific publications and research experience with the topic of doctoral studies)


Research proposal on the selected topic for admission


Motivational interview, including evaluation of the knowledge of a foreign language





Study programme modules





Doctoral School
Student Info Center
Studentų st. 50
LT-51368, Kaunas