Doctoral (PHD) Studies

Admission information
The structure of doctoral programmes

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 doctoral student’s individual working plan. However, each doctoral student 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.

Enrollment criteria

Primary admission criteria are described in the Regulations of Doctoral Studies of each field of science. 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.

Funding for doctoral studies at MRU for admission of 2020
  State funding Private funding
Field of science Total Full-time  Part-time   
Law (S 001) 11 5 6
Management (S 003) 4 2 2
Economics (S 004) 1 1
Psychology (S 006) 2 2
Education (S 007) 2 1 1
TOTAL 20 11 9
Annual tuition fees for doctoral studies

Doctoral education is financed by state assignations and tuition fees. The state also provides competitive funding opportunities that are organized by the Research Council of Lithuania (to fund students’ internships abroad, participation in international scientific events; support the best doctoral students for their academic achievements).

Study form Duration (years) Fee (Eur)
Full-time 4 4590
Part-time 6 3060
External PhD defence 1 4000