Doctoral (PhD) Studies

Become a future scientist making significant impact on research and innovations, society, and business.

Doctoral School

Vision

The Doctoral School is responsible for finding effective and high-quality solutions for the issues related to the University’s doctoral studies as well as promotion of the internationality and raising of its profile.

The vision of the Doctoral School – preparation of future scientists capable of making a significant contribution to research, studies, society and business and working in academic and non-academic environments.

Strategic objectives of the Doctoral School

  1. Promotion of the internationality of doctoral studies;
  2. Improvement of the quality of doctoral studies and research;
  3. Development of the competencies of doctoral students and supervisors;
  4. Attraction and retention of talents;
  5. Strengthening of the research-business relationship.

Activities

Doctoral School:

  • Improves the quality, internationality and visibility of doctoral studies by getting involved and actively participating in the activities of the international networks (ECIU, EUA, Baltech, etc.).
  • Provides consultations to the interested persons on the issues of doctoral studies and acquisition of scientific degree at the University.
  • Organises and administers the admission to the University’s doctoral studies.
  • Coordinates the process of the performance evaluation of doctoral students and updates of the doctoral study programmes.
  • Coordinates the process of the dissertation defence and is responsible for the preparation of the diplomas of the Doctors of Science.
  • Organises the international PhD summer school, the training for the supervisors of doctoral students, other events for the participants of the process of doctoral studies.
  • Assists in the organisation and administration of the process of doctoral studies at other departments of the University.
  • Prepares and submits the reports of the activities of the University’s Doctoral School and the data on doctoral studies for the responsible institutions.
  • Conducts surveys on the quality of doctoral studies.

Doctoral studies and research

 

  • Studies (30 ECTS Credits)
    3-4 study modules
    1-2 study modules abroad
  • Research and presentation of research results in
    ≥2 international scientific conferences and
    ≥2 scientific publications of research results
  • Doctoral dissertation
    preparation
    public defence
  • Duration: 4 years

 

Opportunities for doctoral students

Doctoral studies at KTU provide the following opportunities:

  • Active involvement in research and innovation projects, acquisition of a double degree with foreign research and educational institutions, membership of the high-level research teams.
  • Participation in research traineeships abroad, development of key competences, transformation of ideas into the prototypes at the “Startup Space” community of start-ups.
  • Receipt of support for studies, research-creative activities, academic mobility abroad, promotion for excellent learning outcomes and research results, high-level publications, applications for support from various foundations.

Funding of doctoral studies

The students of the state-funded doctoral studies are provided with financial support (scholarship) in the amount set out by the Government of the Republic of Lithuania during their studies. From 1 Jan 2021 the size of the doctoral schorship is:

  • 760 EUR/month during the first year of studies;
  • 880 EUR/month during the second-fourth year of studies.

Doctoral students can apply regarding the additional support provided by the institutions and external foundations. More details>>

 

Doctoral students may also apply for self-funded studies.

Facts and numbers

Doctoral studies in 19 science fields:

  • 3 – natural sciences;
  • 10 – technological sciences;
  • 5 – social sciences;
  • 1 – humanities.

~330 doctoral students:

  • 46% women, 54% men;
  • 24% foreign doctoral students, 76% Lithuanian doctoral students.

Yearly:

~50 defended doctoral dissertations;
~180 prototypes;
~10 start-ups;
~8 patents/licences.

Contacts

K. Donelaičio 73, rooms 422, 423
LT-44249 Kaunas, Lithuania
Tel.: +370 37 300 625
e-mail: phd@ktu.lt

Head
Reda Žilėnaitė
e-mail: reda.zilenaite@ktu.lt

Chairman
Ronit Sebastine Bernard
e-mail: ronit.bernard@ktu.edu

 

Management of doctoral studies

Doctoral School

 

KTU Doctoral School coordinates and organises the process of doctoral studies in accordance with the Law on Science and Studies, Statute of the University, Regulations on Research Doctoral Studies and Regulations on Doctoral Studies.

Doctoral Committee

Doctoral studies and scientific research are coordinated by the Doctoral Committee of Scientific Field (hereinafter – Committee). The Committee carries out selection of the dissertation topics, selects candidacies for scientific supervisors of doctoral students, acts as a mediator in the appointment of consultants, approved assignment of doctoral students to academic departments, provides conclusions on the research level of the units involved in the process of doctoral studies and the compliance with applied requirements of the scientists and the Committee’s members; doctoral studies, research and publication of findings, as well as on programmes for preparation of doctoral dissertations and their implementation; the language of a dissertation, implements doctoral students’ performance evaluation, guarantees the success of doctoral studies and implements the upgrade of their level, acts as a mediator in the postponement of deadlines of doctoral student’s work plan, evaluates the prepared doctoral dissertations, forms the dissertation defense boards. The Committee provides all submissions, proposals and decision protocols to the International Doctoral School, which in turn prepares the material for the University’s Rector, Vice-Rector for Research and Innovations, and the Senate.

Scientific supervisor

Doctoral student’s studies and research are supervised by the doctoral student’s scientific supervisor (hereinafter – Supervisor). A supervisor has to be a scientist of the field of science that doctoral student is admitted to.

Supervisor:

  • Prepares a project for a doctoral student’s work plan in cooperation with doctoral student;
  • Suggests consultant candidates, if necessary;
  • Provides methodical assistance, supervises doctoral student’s scientific activities and constantly monitors doctoral student’s progress in the process of doctoral studies;
  • Provides assistance to doctoral student in the issues related to organisation of studies, carrying out of research and preparation of dissertation;
  • Presents a conclusion on the outcomes of doctoral student’s studies and research, and the expediency of continuation of doctoral studies for each performance evaluation of doctoral student;
  • Is responsible for the quality preparation of doctoral dissertation along with doctoral student.

Scientific Consultant

If necessary, a doctoral student can be assigned consultants (up to two), who can be the scientists of another scientific field.  Consultants of a doctoral student cannot be appointed earlier than on the second year of studies.

Doctoral student’s consultant:

  • Provides consultations to doctoral student on the issues related to a certain branch of the research field;
  • Organises research and experiments at the other units of the University or other institutions

Academic Unit

The academic unit to which the doctoral student is assigned:

  • Provides doctoral student with conditions for successful implementation of the study and research programme (work plan);
  • Monitors doctoral student’s progress in the process of doctoral studies;
  • Provides methodological assistance; encourages doctoral student’s mobility;
  • Helps doctoral student, who chooses a path of academic career, to gain teaching experience;
  • Helps to develop excellence in research throughout the entire period of doctoral studies;
  • Presents a conclusion on the outcomes of doctoral student’s studies and research, and the expediency of continuation of doctoral studies for each performance evaluation of doctoral student;
  • Upon preparation of dissertation, organises initial discussions on doctoral dissertation under procedure for discussion of dissertations at the units, established at the University, presents the Committee with conclusions on the doctoral dissertation’s compliance with the applied requirements.

Doctoral Student

Doctoral student studies, conducts scientific research, prepares and defends a doctoral dissertation under the approved individual work plan.

 

For researchers

Requirements for participants of the process of doctoral studies

Doctoral Committee of the field of science

Members of the doctoral committee can be the scientists, who work (a job position taken under procedure of competition) for the institutions that hold a right to doctoral studies and foreign scientists, who participate under the contracts on activities of joint doctoral studies with foreign research and educational institutions. At least half of the doctoral committee’s members and its chairman have to meet at least minimum qualification requirements for the persons who aim to take a position of a chief researcher, established in the Description of Minimum Qualification Requirements for Job Positions of Researchers of Research and Education Institutions, approved by the decision of the chairman of the Lithuanian Research Council No.  VII-71 “On Approval of the Description of Minimum Qualification Requirements for Job Positions of Researchers of Research and Education Institutions” of 16 May 2011 (hereinafter – Minimum Qualification Requirements). The remaining members of the Committee have to meet at least the established minimal qualification requirements for the persons who aim to take a position of a senior researcher.

Scientific supervisor of a doctoral student

Supervisors and consultants of doctoral students  can be the scientists, who during the last five years have published at least 3 scientific articles in the international scientific publications with impact factor in “Clarivate Analytics Web of Science” (hereinafter – “CA WoS”) (in the areas of humanities, social, physical sciences and technologies)  and/or “Scopus” (in the areas of humanities and social sciences) databases and at least 1 scientific article in the international scientific publication with impact factor in “CA WoS” (in the areas of humanities, social, physical sciences and technologies)  and/or “Scopus” (in the areas of humanities and social sciences) databases, and a science monograph.

Defence board

Members of the defence board can be the scientists, who have published at least five scientific works in the last five years: monographs or book chapters, published by internationally recognized publishers; scientific articles in the journals with impact factor in “Clarivate Analytics Web of Science” (“CA WoS”) (in the areas of humanities, social, physical sciences and technologies) and/or “Scopus” (in the areas of humanities and social sciences) databases.

 

Programmes

Natural Sciences

N002 Physics

Joint doctoral programme with the University of Southern Denmark
Double degree programme with Al-Farabi Kazakh National University, Kazakhstan
Possibilities to attain European PhD  (Doctor Europeus) in partnership with PCAM (Physics and Chemistry of Advanced Materials Network)

Objective of PhD programme in physics is the development of highly qualified researchers in the field of physics, who are able to conduct scientific research for solution of critical problems.

N003 Chemistry

Possibilities to attain European PhD  (Doctor Europeus) in partnership with PCAM (Physics and Chemistry of Advanced Materials Network)

Objective of doctoral study programme in chemistry is training doctors of science, who are ready for research career, able to work as scientists and educators. The programme aims to expand their knowledge in chemistry and related fields, at the same time developing their skills of critical thinking, creativity, training their ability to seek original and independent solutions.

N009 Informatics

Joint doctoral studies with Vytautas Magnus University, Vilnius Gediminas Technical University

Joint doctoral studies in informatics are for those aiming to research the fields of data analysis, signal and image analysis, merger simulation, computer intelligence, development and research of physical behaviour and general dynamic models, cryptography algorithms, system formalisation and transformation of high level specifications.
Doctoral studies in informatics aim to train researchers and scientists, able to develop and creatively apply the methods of information technologies for creation and research of the mathematical models for real world objects and systems, which solve imminent science issues and practical problems.

Technological Sciences

T001 Electrical and Electronics Engineering

Double degree programme with the University of Bologna, Italy

It is one of the most rapidly developing scientific fields with scientific research including diagnostics in aviation, energy and other industries, application of electronics in biomedicine, monitoring and control systems in entities and transportation objects, methods for receiving and processing of signals and images. Research is carried out using the latest scientific equipment and technologies at KTU Santaka Valley. Doctoral studies of this field provide conditions for carrying out part of the research under contracts at the research institutions in England and Spain, and to obtain double degree at Miguel Hernández University of Elche (Spain).

T002 Civil Engineering

Double degree programme with the University of Bologna, Italy

Doctoral study programme in civil engineering complies with the following areas of research: increase of building energy efficiency, modelling and research of building structures, creation and research of new building materials, construction technologies and management. Most of doctoral students are part-time employed at various departments of institute during their studies. Most of doctoral students complete part of their studies or research at foreign research and educational institutions.
The objective of doctoral study programme in construction engineering is development of highly qualified scientists of construction engineering field, able to conduct scientific research for solution of imminent problems in the field.

T003 Transport Engineering

Joint doctoral studies with Vilnius Gediminas Technical University, Klaipėda University and Vytautas Magnus University.

Joint doctoral studies in the research field of transport engineering are being carried out in the following areas: dynamics of weapons systems, creation of means of transportation, analysis of dynamic processes of trains, analysis of transport systems, mechanics of aircraft design. Most of doctoral students complete part of their studies or research at foreign research and educational institutions.

T004 Environmental Engineering

Double degree programme with the University of Bologna, Italy
Joint doctoral studies with Vytautas Magnus University, Lithuanian Energy Institute.

Joint doctoral programme in the field of environmental engineering with integrated advanced interdisciplinary studies ensure that application of modern methods of sustainable development improves the surrounding environment and people life quality, and opens possibilities for competitiveness in business and industry.

Doctoral students are provided with great conditions to obtain new knowledge, make scientific discoveries and create innovative instruments ensuring sustainable development of business and society, participate in scientific seminars, conferences, policy-making processes, public events and establishment of startups.

T005 Chemical Engineering

Double degree programme with the Technical University of Košice, Slovakia

Doctoral studies in chemical engineering are based on a traditional 4-year degree programme, which includes:

  • Acquisition of fundamental knowledge of scientific principles applied in chemical engineering
  • Provision of possibilities to work with well-known scientists of this research field
  • Acquired experience of solving the latest scientific and practical tasks
  • Provision of possibility to apply modern devices, laboratory equipment and software for modelling and control in scientific and practical research

Objective of the programme is development of highly qualified scientists in chemical engineering field, able to conduct scientific research and solve imminent problems in this field of science.

T006 Energetics and Power Engineering

Joint doctoral studies with the Lithuanian Energy Institute

Joint doctoral studies in the scientific field of energetics and power engineering aim at training highly qualified scientists for industry and research institutions. Doctoral studies of this scientific field are provided in the following areas:

  • Sustainable energy – efficient use of fossil fuels and renewable primary sources in energy generation technologies and systems, reduction of environmental impact
  • Fundamental and applied research of carrier processes in power engineering technologies
  • Modelling and research of smart technologies and models for sustainable electricity systems

The objective of the programme is to train highly qualified scientists of energetics and power engineering for industry and research institutions.

T007 Informatics Engineering

Joint doctoral studies with Vilnius Gediminas Technical University
Double degree programme with the University of Bologna, Italy

Informatics Engineering is a branch of computer science, which focuses on effective solution of practical computation and information processing problems applying scientific knowledge. Each doctoral student who aims to acquire doctoral degree has to complete doctoral studies (study workload is 30 credits), to conduct original scientific research in the scientific field of Informatics Engineering and to develop new scientific knowledge, to present his/her scientific research findings in national and international scientific conferences and scientific journals, to write and to orally defend his/her doctoral dissertation. The programme provides doctoral students with a possibility to complete one study module at the academic institution abroad or to participate in the PhD Summer School outside Lithuania, and to actively take part in the most advanced scientific research at the state-of-the-art KTU Santaka Valley laboratories.
The objective of the programme is to train world-class scientists of the informatics engineering research field.

T008 Materials Engineering

Double degree programme with the University of Bologna, Italy
Possibilities to attain European PhD  (Doctor Europeus) in partnership with PCAM (Physics and Chemistry of Advanced Materials Network)

Materials engineering encompasses wide totality of scientific problems, involving various issues of the research of materials aiming to improve the present properties of materials, create new materials and obtain information about properties of materials that have not been researched yet (the issues of materials science), as well as works of technological nature aiming to create more efficient methods for production of materials (it is an object of technology). Thus, materials engineering can be comprehended as the area involving two inevitably related components: fundamental scientific research and practical engineering.

Materials engineering doctoral studies, involve research of global level in the laboratories equipped with modern equipment, focused on creation, development and application of technologies for knowledge-intensive material production processes.

T009 Mechanical Engineering

Joint doctoral studies with Vytautas Magnus University

Mechanical engineers develop physical systems and devices that characterise modern society. KTU doctoral degree in mechanical engineering improves the engineering skills through project activities, equipping young researchers with technical intelligence, creative spirit and real-life knowledge that enables making changes in the areas crucial for society and science development. Programme offers a balanced study plan; doctoral students are trained to become future inventors and innovators.

The main objective of doctoral studies in mechanical engineering is preparation of future scientific leaders in this scientific field, able to carry out design projects in practice and creatively apply the methods of information technologies for creation and testing of the mathematical models for real world objects and systems.

T010 Measurement Engineering

Double degree programme with the University of Bologna, Italy
Possibility to pursue scientific research in The Welding Institute (UK) for the period of 3 years

Measurement Engineering is the main doctoral study programme in Lithuania, directly related to the knowledge of creation of the high added value solutions in various sectors of industry: space, land, water and air transportation, renewable sources and atomic energy. Estimating reserve of strategic energy resources energy, such as oil, gas, electricity, etc., depends on measured values. Production, storage and support/service areas also have a need for quality control, non-destructive tests for insurance of safety of people and environment. This field of doctoral studies provides conditions to conduct part of research under the contracts at research institutions in England.

Social Sciences

S002 Political Sciences

Joint doctoral studies with Vytautas Magnus University, Klaipėda University, General Jonas Žemaitis Military Academy of Lithuania

Doctoral programme  is provided in the field of public policy and administration. As General Jonas Žemaitis Military Academy of Lithuania, Klaipėda University and Vytautas Magnus University also participate in organising and delivering of this programme, dissertation topics can be chosen from the fields offered by partner institutions of doctoral studies: theory of politics, political communication, comparative politics and international relations.

During doctoral studies the students are developing their individual research skills, creativity, they expand their theoretical knowledge and practical experience by solving the chosen research problems.

Political Sciences doctoral study programme aims at training researchers and scientists in the field of public policy.

S003 Management

Double degree programme with the University of Bologna, Italy

KTU doctoral studies in management analyse relevant and complex problems of the field. KTU researchers in management filed were the pioneers in Lithuania in dissertation research in such areas as public administration, knowledge and awareness management, intellectual capital management, marketing and business (industrial) systems. Topics of the dissertation research of doctoral studies are closely related to fundamental and applied research conducted by the University’s scientists. Management PhD students have a possibility to attend the lectures by experienced lecturers from institutions abroad and to complete internships at the top scientific research centres all over the world.

The objective of Management PhD programme is training of qualified, responsible and prospective researchers, able to create new knowledge that is useful for development of management science.

S004 Economics

Joint doctoral studies with Klaipėda University and Lithuanian Energy Institute.

Economics doctoral study programme is provided at Kaunas University of Technology in cooperation with Klaipėda University and Lithuanian Energy Institute. Doctoral students, who study in the scientific field of economics, develop research skills and prepare to conduct scientific research in the future. Supervised by experienced scientists, doctoral students conduct and present the research of their chosen area, which is an integral part of their four-year doctoral study programme.

The main objective of the programme is a training of talented economists, able to contribute to the latest scientific research of economics, create new knowledge and apply it in practice. The programme aims to prepare top professionals in the area, who are ready for academic and professional career in leading research institutions of the world.

S005 Sociology

Joint doctoral studies with Vytautas Magnus University and Lithuanian Social Research Centre

Sociology doctoral study programme is provided at Kaunas University of Technology in cooperation with Vytautas Magnus University and Lithuanian Social Research Centre.

Doctoral studies train individual scientific skills, creativity, expand theoretical knowledge and practical experience.

S007 Education

Joint doctoral studies with the Lithuanian Sports University, Šiauliai University

Doctoral studies in the field of education analyse the subjects of formal, non-formal and informal education and learning of young generation and adults, social development, education management, higher education, as well as the issues of modern educational technologies, education and learning environments, and educational innovations. Research is conducted in the juncture of education and other social sciences, aiming to meet educational challenges of the organisational learning in knowledge organisations, development of learning in partnership networks, and learning cities and regions.

Humanities

H003 History and Theory of Arts

 

History of Theory of Arts doctoral study programme is provided in the interdisciplinary research area and focuses on three fields: theory of architecture and urbanism, history and musicology. University graduates of various areas are admitted to doctoral studies taking into consideration their scientific input in their chosen topic.

Objective of doctoral students’ work is development of complex approach to phenomenon or problem in interdisciplinary perspective, suggesting innovative methodology appropriate for research, discover new patterns or knowledge complementing current scientific understanding of the researched phenomenon.

 

Achievements

KTU doctors of science whose doctoral dissertations were nominated as “The Best Doctoral Dissertation” in the annual competitions organized by the Lithuanian Society of Young Researchers:

2019 Dr. Titas Braukyla (Materials engineering; supervised by Prof. Dr. Vytautas Getautis)
2018 Dr. Eimantė Zolubienė (Sociology; supervised by  Prof. Dr. Audronė Telešienė);
Dr. Vytautė Dlugoborskytė (Management; supervised by Prof. Dr. Monika Petraitė);
Dr. Tomas Matulaitis (Materials engineering; supervised by Prof. Dr. Habil. Juozas Vidas Gražulevičius)
2017 Dr. Gintarė Kručaitė (Materials engineering; supervised by Prof. Dr. Saulius Grigalevičius)
2016 Dr. Nadzeya Kukhta (Materials engineering; supervisor by Prof. Dr. Jolita Ostrauskaitė)
2015 Dr. Andrius Petrėnas (Electrical and electronic engineering; supervised by Prof. Dr. Vaidotas Marozas)
2014 Dr. Paulius Pavelas Danilovas (Chemical engineering; supervised by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ramunė Rutkaitė)

“Deposition of Ag Nanocubes into Regular Arrays by Tailored Self-Assembly” by doctoral student Mindaugas Juodėnas (Materials engineering), was recognised as one of the best works in the 19th international conference-school “Advanced Materials and Technologies 2017”.

LMA prize of 2016 is awarded to the winners of the competition of the works of young scientists and doctoral students dr. Oksana Palekienė (Economics) and dr. Tadas Prasauskas (Environmental engineering).

Dr. Živilė Stankevičiūtė (Management) “Sustainability dimension in the organisation’s human resource management” was recognised as the best dissertation of 2015 by the programme of the Baltic Universities.

Doctoral student Vykintas Samaitis (Electrical and electronic engineering) was awarded a prestigious scholarship by the Acoustical Society of America for the results of his research activities.

Doctoral students Donatas Miklušis (Electrical and electronic engineering),  Nora Šlekienė (Chemical Engineering),  Vytautas Bakanauskas (Mechanical engineering), Shanker Ganesh Krishnamoorthy (Mechanical engineering) were awarded a scientific traineeship at the European Space Agency.

Doctoral student of KTU Institute of Materials Science Tadas Juknius  (Materials Engineering) created a smart bandage with silver nanoparticles and pH indicator. Patent application on behalf of KTU, submitted in 2016, is being successfully commercialised under the invention licencing agreement with UAB “Addere” on 15 September 2016.

The catheters with antimicrobial properties and antimicrobial silicone covers, the invention of doctoral student Aistė Lisauskaitė (Materials engineering) and her supervisor Professor Virginija Jankauskaitė, have gained international acclaim.