Doctoral programmes include studies, research and preparation of a doctoral thesis. The full-time studies’ duration is 4 years, part-time – 6 years. Upon completion of a doctoral programme and public viva voce defence of the thesis, the doctor’s degree is awarded.
The studies are organized according to each candidate’s individual work plan. However, each candidate must gather at least 30 ECTS gained through study subjects (each programme includes 4-6 subjects). The other part of the studies is allotted to the groundwork, the research, publication of at least 2 scientific peer-reviewed articles, participation in scientific conferences, and completion of the doctoral thesis.
Primary admission criteria are described in the Regulation on Doctoral Training and Doctoral Studies Regulations of each science field. Applicant must be awarded a master’s degree, present a research proposal and defend it in a Doctoral Committee’s meeting. Also, the applicant should present his/her scientific publications (if there are any); in some fields a test in foreign language (English, French or German) is mandatory.
The Doctoral Committees specify additional admission criteria and procedures each year in spring.
The doctoral education is financed by state assignations and tuition fees. The state also provides competitive financing opportunities that are organized by the Research Council of Lithuania. These programmes offer funding for candidate’s abroad internships, participation in national as well as international scientific events, and also financing for academic staff visiting Lithuania to deliver lectures for doctoral students and to participate in doctoral thesis defence. Additional financial support to doctoral candidates may be provided on bases of the national or international programs, ex. Erasmus, Leonardo da Vinci and etc.
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