Doctoral degree (PhD) in Psychology - MRU

PhD in Psychology

Field of study Psychology
National Code S 006
Degree awarded PhD in Social Sciences
Duration Full-time – 4 years, part-time – 6 years

Searching where to study after your master degree? Looking to contribute to the field of social sciences with your own research? Want to advance your knowledge of human psychology? Want to continue your psychology studies?  

If all of the questions above came back as a yes, consider submitting your thesis topic for your doctoral studies in Psychology. If you have a research sphere you always found interesting and would like to share with the rest of the social sciences community, the 4-year (240 ECTS credits) doctoral degree programme is exactly what you are looking for. To match your studies with a career, you may also take them part-time for 6-year study period. Persons who have independently prepared a doctoral dissertation (or monograph) and have scientific publications can obtain a doctoral degree externally (within 1 year). 

At MRU, we have developed a joint studies programme with one more university that will help you deepen your knowledge of human psychology. Here you will be required to conduct your studies in English, in order to take full advantage of the course. You will need to prove your English level is at C1 or higher in order to get accepted.  

While studying, you will be assigned a scientific supervisor, who will help you navigate the challenges in researching your chosen topic. You will be able to cooperate with a supervisor, who is the best specialist in the topic of your thesis.  

During your studies, you will be required to pass study subjects of value no less than at 30 ECTS credits. You will also be required to publish 2 scientific articles in research publications, one of which must be international. You will also be required to participate in 2 international conferences to present your research results, undergo 1 scientific internship and a teaching practice. At the end of your research, you will be required to prepare your thesis according to the Requirements, present and defend it in front of The Board. After a secret vote, you will be awarded a PhD in the field of Social Sciences, namely – Psychology. After graduation, you will be able to work in the higher education field as a lecturer or a researcher, join local and international research projects, work in NGOs and other social organizations, pursue a career as a highly-qualified therapist.  

At MRU and even in this joint study programme, you will find a truly affordable, comparatively low tuition fee. Additionally, you may also apply for potential scholarships available, based on your research field. PhD studies and research are coordinated by the Doctoral Committee of Psychology Science Field. The Social Innovations Doctoral School organizes the process of doctoral studies. Go through the acceptance requirements and see if this research path is what you are looking for. And if it is, don’t hesitate and apply!

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Applications will be accepted from 1 July 2024 to 28 August 2024 via

We are inviting you to the PhD Open Day! Let’s meet on Zoom on 18 June 2024 at 16.00. A link to the event will be sent to registered participants:
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Dissertation topics and possible supervisors

Application fee

Persons who have independently prepared a doctoral dissertation (or monograph) and have scientific publications can obtain a doctoral degree externally.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at or by tel. +370 5 271 4469; +370 659 510 30.

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Qualification recognition

Documents Legalization

  • If the original educational documents/transcripts are in English, Lithuanian, French or Russian with an apostille (if required) on the scanned original, no translation needed.
  • If original educational documents/transcripts are not in English, Lithuanian, French or Russian languages, then they have to be supplemented with an official translation.
  • The official translation has to be confirmed with the sworn translator’s signature or official notarization.
  • Accepted students shall present their original educational documents/transcripts to the International Office upon arrival to begin their studies.

Recognition of Foreign Qualifications

  • The evaluation and recognition of prior qualifications are a part of Mykolas Romeris University (MRU) admission process.
  • By submitting the application you confirm that the documents are legitimate and that MRU can verify the authenticity of the documents by contacting its issuing authority and national ENIC/NARIC centre.
  • Submitted documents must be in good condition and in full colour. Documents issued in languages other than English, French, Russian or Lithuanian must be accompanied with an official translation into English or Lithuanian. 
  • Before you apply make sure that you have a complete documentation package and that your qualifications are giving access to doctoral studies. 

Recognition Criteria

  • The purpose of an assessment is to compare a foreign qualification with a similar level qualification awarded in Lithuania according to quality, profile, content, workloads and learning outcomes.
  • Your qualification will be assessed according to specific requirements for the programme you are applying for and whether your academic results are sufficient for studies at the MRU.

Right to Appeal

Recognition decisions can be appealed against to the Academic Recognition of Foreign Qualifications Concerning Higher Education Appeal Committee under the Lithuanian Ministry of Education and Science.

All appeals with supporting documents must be submitted to:
Centre for Quality Assessment in Higher Education
Tel. +370 5 210 4778
Address: SKVC, A. Goštauto st. 12, LT-01108, Vilnius, Lithuania

The procedure of evaluation and recognition of academic qualifications