Political Sciences

PhD Programme 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.

Code S002
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


Topic title Possible scientific supervisors Source of funding
Comparative Policy vyr.m.d. dr. Vaidas MORKEVIČIUS state non-funded
Public Policy and Administration doc. dr. Ainius LAŠAS
prof. dr. Eglė BUTKEVIČIENĖ
v.m.d. dr. Florian Caspar Rabitz
vyr.m.d. dr. Vaidas MORKEVIČIUS
state non-funded
International Relationship doc. dr. Ainius LAŠAS state non-funded
Political Theory prof. dr. Andrius Bielskis state non-funded
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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.


Application procedure

Application and the following documents are submitted by e-mail phd@ktu.lt

  • Official legalised Master’s diplomas or a higher education degree equivalents and academic transcripts (translated into English or Lithuanian and notary verified)
  • References by two academic referees or researchers from the relevant field of science
  • Curriculum Vitae (signed)
  • List of scientific publications 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

Participation in motivational interview 

Signing a study agreement (if invited to study)


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