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Mechanical Engineering

Joint doctoral studies with Vytautas Magnus University (coordinating institution: Kaunas University of Technology)

Mechanical engineers create physical systems and devices that define modern society. Doctoral studies in Mechanical Engineering enable cultivation of engineering skills through project-based learning, which leads to attainment of technical acumen, creative capacity and real word experience in order to make a difference in the areas that matter the most. The programme offers a balanced curriculum and students are fostered to become the inventors and innovators of tomorrow. Admission to the programme requires master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering or other closely related field of engineering or applied sciences.
The objective of Mechanical Engineering doctoral studies is to prepare future leaders in mechanical engineering capable of practical design and creative application of computational methods for development and research of mathematical models of the real world objects and systems.

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

Research topics

Topic title Possible scientific supervisors Source of funding
Bioactive composite development, investigation and application in bio mechanical engineering
prof. habil. dr. Arvydas PALEVIČIUS state non-funded
Development of eco-friendly piezocomposites for additive manufacturing of sensorial and energy harvesting structures
vyr.m.d. dr. Rolanas DAUKŠEVIČIUS state non-funded
Research and Development of 3D Printed High Performance Porous Composite Structures
doc. dr. Marius RIMAŠAUSKAS state non-funded
Development of electrically conductive fibre reinforced polymer composites with self-diagnostic function
doc. dr. Daiva ZELENIAKIENĖ state non-funded
Biomechanics of Orthodontic tooth movement system: research, design and application prof. dr. Rimvydas GAIDYS state non-funded
Dynamic analysis of hexapod robot: development, research and application prof. dr. Rimvydas GAIDYS state non-funded
Trainer development for human shoulder joint
prof. dr. Egidijus DRAGAŠIUS state non-funded
Development of non-invasive device and methods to treat pulmonary hypertension and other related diseases v.m.d. dr. Mantas VENSLAUSKAS state non-funded
R&D of the multi‐degree‐of‐freedom piezoelectric drives
prof. dr. Vytautas JŪRĖNAS state non-funded
Research of metal cyclic strength and fatigue life under multiaxial loading
doc. dr. Ramūnas ČESNAVIČIUS state non-funded
Investigation of friction stir welding process of welding dissimilar materials
doc. dr. Ramūnas ČESNAVIČIUS state non-funded
Development and research of a system of non-contact damage control and monitoring system for composite materials using finite element model updating
lekt. dr. Darius EIDUKYNAS state non-funded
Research and development of natural fibre reinforced polymer composites exhibiting enhanced mechanical properties
doc. dr. Sigitas KILIKEVIČIUS state non-funded
Development of adaptive magnethoreological actuator for use in prosthetic
prof. dr. Egidijus DRAGAŠIUS state non-funded
Health Monitoring of Lightweight Composite Structures based on Experimental Non-Contact Photogrammetry and Computational Finite Element Model Updating
dr. Adi Adumitroaie state non-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 7.5

Additional condition: a recommendation by the supervisor of the topic to which the candidate is applying


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 (one of the recommendations must be written by the supervisor of the research topic that the candidate is applying to)
  • 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

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)


Weighted grade point average of the Master’s diploma supplement


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


Recommendations by scientists

One of the recommendations must be written by the supervisor of the research topic the candidate is applying for





Study programme modules