Joint doctoral studies with the Lithuanian Sports University, Šiauliai University (from 2021 – Vilnius University Šiauliai Academy). Coordinating institution: Lithuanian Sports University.

Educational research provided by the team is based on the contemporary approach to education and learning, as well as on the using the best Lithuanian and world-wide pedagogical traditions. The team understands well that the boundaries of the discipline of Education have already broadened. The educational researchers focus not only on young generation’s and adults‘ formal, informal, non-formal education and learning, social education and education management, issues related to higher education but also on modern educational technologies, educational and learning environments and other issues related to educational innovations. Research is also carried out in the fields of employees‘ organizational learning in knowledge organizations, learning communities, development of learning cities and regions in terms of educational and learning challenges they face.

Having more than 50 years of experience and well known for preparing more than 100 PhDs who have knowledge of modern education, a team of researchers in Educational Science from Kaunas University of Technology is a recognised Centre of excellence in the field in Lithuania.

The high quality of doctoral studies is ensured not only by contribution in research projects on the most relevant topics nowadays but also by an active collaboration with the academics from University of Cambridge (United Kingdom), University of Haifa (Israel), California State University, Fullerton (USA) and others. Doctoral students participate in Erasmus+ exchanges that enable them to be active in an academic field on an international scale.

Cycle Third cycle
Language Lithuanian, English
Duration 4 y.
Degree awarded Doctor of Science
  • Vilnius University
  • Lithuanian Sports University

Doctoral School
Student Info Center
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LT-51368, Kaunas


Research topics

Topic title Possible scientific supervisors Source of funding
Curriculum development for effective learning in EMI environment
prof. dr. Jolita Horbačauskienė state-funded
Academic Resilience in Virtual Educational Environments: The Role of Instructional Design
vyr.m.d. dr. Rasa Erentaitė state-funded
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Entry requirements

Minimum requirements

Persons with a master’s degree or an equivalent higher education may participate in an open competition for admission to doctoral studies. Minimum Competition Score 8.0

Additional conditions:

Applicants with a master’s degree in non-educational science or a higher education equivalent to it must additionally take the entrance exam in education.


Application procedure

Mandatory documents for admission:

  • Application to KTU Rector
  • two recommendations of scientists in the field of educational sciences with a habilitated doctoral or doctoral degree of science
  • Curriculum vitae (handed in signed)
  • The diploma of the master’s degree or the diploma attesting to the corresponding qualification, its annex / appendix and copies of these documents
  • A supplement to the diploma of the first, second or single-stage higher education institution (optional) or a certificate issued by a licensed center for foreign languages indicating the grade of a foreign language (English, French, German) and copies of these documents
  • A list of the research papers of the doctoral student (a full bibliographic description is provided) and their prints, if any (accompanied by copies of the cover and content of the publication); accepted works for the press are submitted with a certificate from the editor of the publication about the accepted press article (after the review procedure); for those who have completed postgraduate studies in this calendar year, a copy of the master’s thesis (if any)
  • Certificates of presentations read, about work at scientific conferences, if any
  • One photograph measuring 3 x 4 cm
  • A copy of the receipt of the entrance tuition fees paid to the account of KTU in the bank or certified copies of documents proving the right not to pay the entrance tuition fee
  • Documents confirming the change of name, if not all the documents submitted are under the same name
  • A copy of the personal data page of the passport or a copy of the identity card


Selection criteria and their weighted coefficients



Scientific experience


Weighted average of the grades indicated in the Annex to the Diploma of Completion of Master’s or Single-Stage Higher Education (including the assessment of the final thesis, if any)


Grade of a foreign language (English, French, German) indicated in the supplement to the diploma of the first, second or single-stage higher education institution (optional) or in the certificate issued by the licensed center for foreign languages


Assessment of the motivational interview for admission to the doctoral program





Study programme modules





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