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Political Sciences

Joint doctoral studies with Vytautas Magnus University, Klaipėda University, General Jonas Žemaitis Military Academy of Lithuania (coordinating institution: Vytautas Magnus University)

Doctoral studies in Political Sciences is carried out at Kaunas University of Technology in the field of Public Policy and Administration. The programme is implemented with the General Jonas Žemaitis Military Academy of Lithuania, Klaipėda University and Vytautas Magnus University. Therefore, research topics can also fall into the fields proposed by the partner institutions, for example, political theory, political communication, comparative politics, and international relations.

Candidates to the doctoral studies in Political Sciences are admitted under procedure of open competition with a prerequisite of a master’s degree or equivalent qualification.

Doctoral studies develop individual research skills, creativity, widen the scope of theoretical knowledge and practical experience while solving the chosen research problems.

Cycle Third cycle
Language Lithuanian, English
Duration 4 y.
Degree awarded Doctor of Science
  • Vytautas Magnus University
  • Klaipėda University
  • The General Jonas Žemaitis Military Academy of Lithuania

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.

Additional conditions:

1. Scientific research experience, participation in research.
2. Knowledge of foreign languages.


Application procedure

Mandatory documents for admission

  • Filled in application form
  • Official legalised Master’s diplomas 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 (see academic recognition).
  • References by two academic referees or researchers from the Political sciences field of science
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • List of scientific publications (this list is submitted with full bibliographic description) and copies of scientific publications and also manuscripts of accepted publications (editorial board confirmation about publication acceptance must be attached)
  • Research project electronic copy in .doc or .docx format 
  • Copy of ID card or passport
  • Copy of application fee payment (40 EUR for EU citizens, and 100 EUR for non-EU citizens)
  • Documents confirming the change of surnames, if not all submitted documents have the same surname


Selection criteria and their weighted coefficients

Research experience

Research experience in ten-point grading system (publications, evaluated in points, according to current methodology for evaluation of research production, approved by Order of the Minister of Education and Science of the Republic of Lithuania, or research paper and other research experience, and research qualifications, conformity of research publications and research experience with topic of doctoral studies


Research proposal


Weighted average of the marks of diploma appendix


Motivation interview





Study programme modules