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Doctoral study programme “Economics” is carried out at Kaunas University of Technology, School of Economics and Business, together with the Klaipėda University and Lithuanian Energy Institute. While studying under doctoral study programme “Economics” students are prepared to perform future research. Coordinated by experienced scientists PhD students carry out and present their research in the chosen area, which is an essential part of a four-year doctoral study programme.

The main objective of the programme is to educate talented economists, who may contribute to recent scientific research of economics, create new knowledge and apply it in practice. The programme aims to develop highly qualified professionals, ready for academic and professional career in leading global education institutions.

Cycle Third cycle
Language Lithuanian, English
Duration 4 y.
Degree awarded Doctor of Science
  • Klaipėda University
  • Lithuanian Energy Institute

Research topics

Topic title Possible scientific supervisors Source of funding
Measurement of regional green development competitiveness
prof. dr. Jurgita BRUNECKIENĖ state-funded
Factors of industry 4.0 for sustainability in supply chains
doc. dr. Akvilė ČIBINSKIENĖ state-funded
Economic Evaluation of Renewable Energy Sources
prof. dr. Daiva DUMČIUVIENĖ state-funded
Smarter budgeting decisions using potential of artificial intelligence techniques to support effectiveness in universities prof. dr. Rytis KRUŠINSKAS state-funded
Technology-driven Restructuring of Manufacturing Industry in the Context of 4.0 Industry doc. dr. Asta Baliutė state-funded
Clustering processes impact on competitiveness and economic growth
prof. dr. Valentinas NAVICKAS state-funded
Sectoral digitalization - risk and investment return potential valuation (Fintech, Insurtech, Govtech or other) prof. dr. Rytis KRUŠINSKAS state-funded
Changes in the Labour Market in the Context of Industry 4.0
doc. dr. Alina STUNDŽIENĖ 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 program in the field of science are accepted by competition according to the competition score. Minimum Competition Score 8.0


Application procedure

Mandatory documents for admission:

  • Filled in application form (online on apply.ktu.edu)
  • Official legalised Bachelor’s and Master’s diplomas or a higher education degree equivalents and academic transcripts (translated into English or Lithuanian and notary verified)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Recommendations by two researchers of the relevant science field
  • A list of the research works (this list is submitted with full bibliographic description) along with copies of the research works (or a research paper on the topic (-s) consistent with the dissertation topic (-s) indicated in the candidate’s application, if a candidate does not have any research works)
  • A copy of the passport personal data page, or a copy of the ID card
  • A copy of the receipt of the application fee payment (40 EUR for EU citizens, and 100 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

Participation in motivational interview  (Kaunas University of Technology, K. Donelaičio g. 73, Kaunas, Lithuania or online)

Signing a study agreement (if invited to study)


Selection criteria and their weighted coefficients

Weighted grade point average of the 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)


Motivation interview


Recommendations by scientists





Study programme modules