Joint doctoral programme with the University of Southern Denmark (coordinating institution: Kaunas University of Technology)

Double degree programme with Al-Farabi Kazakh National University, Kazakhstan

Possibilities to attain European PhD (Doctor Europeus) in partnership with PCAM (Physics and Chemistry of Advanced Materials Network)

Objective of doctoral studies in Physics is the development of highly qualified researchers in the field of physics, who are able to conduct scientific research for solution of critical problems.
This joint doctoral programme provides doctoral students with competences and knowledge in the areas of condensed matter, interaction of radiation and matter, optical spectroscopy; the programme offers a wide range of topics and general experimental and theoretical research in the areas of meso, micro and nano structures, photonic structures, including their formation, analysis and application in plasmonics, bio sensors and alternative energy. Research involves the use of new functional materials, modern technologies (electron-beam lithography, reactive plasma etching, and holographic lithography) and progressive research methods (spectroscopic ellipsometry, Raman scattering, Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy, ultra-rapid process spectroscopy, etc.).

Cycle Third cycle
Language Lithuanian, English
Duration 4 y.
Degree awarded Doctor of Science
Dvigubas laipsnis
  • University of Southern Denmark

Research topics

Topic title Possible scientific supervisors Source of funding
Bismuth titanate thin film synthesis and characterization
doc. dr. Aleksandras ILJINAS state-funded
Chemical etching of gallium arsenide lekt. dr. Rimantas KNIZIKEVIČIUS state-funded
Ultrasensitive sensors for the detection of Lithium Ion Batteries fails prof. habil. dr. Sigitas TAMULEVIČIUS state-funded
Charge transfer mechanisms in directly synthesized graphene heterojunctions and their application for bio- and photosensors
vyr.m.d. dr. Šarūnas MEŠKINIS state-funded
Modification of surface properties of alloys by atomic beam irradiation prof. habil. dr. Arvaidas GALDIKAS state-funded
Formation and investigation of thin film superclattice of multiferroic magnetoelectrics
doc. dr. Vytautas STANKUS state-funded
The investigation and formation by physical vacuum techniques of thin-film structures used in medium temperature solid-state oxide fuel cells
prof. dr. Giedrius LAUKAITIS state-funded
Light-activated sensors based on metal oxide nanoparticle investigation
dr. Simas Račkauskas 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 7.5

Additional condition: 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 recommendations must be written by the supervisor of the research topic that the candidate is applying to)
  • A research proposal on the selected topic
  • 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
  • A copy of the passport page with personal data, 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, 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 Bachelor’s diploma supplement


Weighted grade point average of the Master’s diploma supplement


Research experience

Research experience to be evaluated: publications (in the publications referred in the Clarivate Analytics Web of Science database, conference proceedings) and research experience (participation in research projects, research funded by the Research Council of Lithuania or other institutions, winners of competitions organised by the Lithuanian Academy of Sciences or other scientific and innovation organisations, oral or poster presentations at national and international conferences)


Research proposal on the selected topic for admission


Recommendations by scientists

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


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





Study programme modules