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

Doctoral School
Student Info Center
Studentų st. 50
LT-51368, Kaunas
email phd@ktu.lt


Research topics

Topic title Possible scientific supervisors Source of funding
Justice and Democracy in the Age of Digital Capitalism prof. dr. Andrius Bielskis state-funded
Parliamentarism and studies of parliamentary behavior
prof. dr. Vaidas Morkevičius state-funded
Climate Change Governance
prof. dr. Aistė Balžekienė
prof. dr. Audronė Telešienė
vyr.m.d. dr. Florian Caspar Rabitz
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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.


Application procedure

Mandatory documents for admission:

  • Application for admission addressed to the Rector
  • Diploma of Master’s degree or qualification adequate to it, its annex/supplement
  • Recommendations from two researchers in the field of Political Sciences, working in this field of study, issued in the calendar year in which the candidate is applying for admission
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • List of applicant’s scientific publications (submitted in full biobliographic description) and their copies (submitted together with a copy of journal’s cover and contents page); or, if a scientific article in not yet published – a document issued by the editorial board of a scientific journal certifying the acceptance of an article for publication (after the reviewing procedure) and its manuscript
  • Electronic copy of the scientific research project in .doc or .docx format
  • Personal identification document
  • Documents notifying the change of surname if not all documents are submitted under the same surname
  • Other documents which an applicant wishes to submit

Participation in motivational interview

Signing a study agreement (if invited to study)


Selection criteria and their weighted coefficients

Scientific publications


Scientific research project


Grade point average


Motivational interview





Study programme modules





Doctoral School
Student Info Center
Studentų st. 50
LT-51368, Kaunas
email phd@ktu.lt