Doctoral studies

Faculty of Economics offers two approved Doctoral programmes:

  • Doctoral studies in economics
  • Doctoral studies in management.

Doctoral studies consist of 4 courses (two compulsory and two elective) and a doctoral dissertation. An individual study and scientific research program is composed for every doctoral student individually. The responsibility for doctoral studies at Vilnius University is taken by the departments of the faculties that together with the supervisor of the doctoral student, who coordinate and control the doctoral studies and scientific research as well as accept the students' reports. Vilnius University regulations of doctoral studies could be found here.

Detailed information shall be provided by the Department of Doctoral and Residency Studies,

Central Building of Vilnius University, Universiteto 3, tel.: +3705 2687093, +3705 2687094, +3705 2687095.

General information about the admission to Vilnius University can be found here.


Requirements for a research project and the procedures of its submission and assessment

1. Applicants for the PhD studies shall submit to the Secretariat of the Doctoral Studies Committee a research project on one of the PhD themes in the fields of Economics and Management approved for 2017. The proposed topic may coincide with a theme or may deal with a more specific problem.

2. Applicant's research project shall be an independent scientific work which is to reveal the author's ability to conduct scientific research. The research project is to characterise the scientific problem to be dealt with, to evaluate its relevance, to describe the current investigation level of the research problem, to formulate the aims and objectives of the prospective dissertation, to discuss the research methods, to provide a general overview of the literature on the dissertation topic, and to plan the process and the stages of the research.

3. The expected volume of the research project on the topic of the PhD dissertation is up to 20 numbered pages. The text shall be printed on one side of an A4-sized sheet of paper, font: Times New Roman, font size: 12, and line spacing 1,5. 


The research project submission procedure

4. It is desirable that, together with the research project, applicants should propose a candidate for the intended research supervisor of their doctoral studies who would comply to the qualification requirements. Applicants may also submit the copies of their scientific articles, either published or accepted for publication, which would help the Admissions Committee to form a more comprehensive opinion of the applicant's scientific potential. (In case an unpublished article is submitted, however, it is accepted for publishing by an editorial board, the documents to prove the fact shall be provided).

5. The printed or scanned research project are to be submitted to e-mail  from 9.00, 12th June 2017, to 12.00, 16th June 2017.

The research project asessment procedure

6. The research projects of the applicants for doctoral studies, together with their scientific publications, shall be assessed by two reviewers-holders of academic degrees (titles), appointed by the order of the Dean of the Faculty. Reviewers shall critically examine the submitted project and write a review of an established form in which they shall assess the author's familiarity with the research theme and the ability to consistently and logically develop the idea, present the conclusion on the prospect of the doctoral student's research, and propose the assessment (grade), reflecting the level of the reseach project, on a 10 point grading scale.

7. The reviews on the applicant's research project, either in writing or in an e-version, shall be submitted to the Vice-Dean of Research and International Relations of the Faculty of Economics no later than 3 days before the appointed date of an interview with the PhD Admissions Committee of the Faculty of Economics.

8. In case of a positive average grade of the reviewers (higher than 4 points), the author of the research project shall be invited to an interview with a PhD Admissions Committee of the Faculty of Economics. During the interview, the applicant shall answer to the comments of the reviewers and to the questions of other Committee members seeking to find out the applicant's preparedness for doctoral studies. When determining the final grade for the research project and the interview, the Committee shall take into account the average of the grades proposed by the reviewers.

9. The interview with all the candidates who submitted research projects shall take place in the  402, 403 classrooms of the 4rd floor (Building 2, Saulėtekio Ave. 9) at 10.00 on 29th June 2017 (Thursday) in the Faculty of Economics, VU.  

10. The applicant's competitive score shall be calculated by the Committee as a weighted sum of the grades for the submitted research project and the interview (60%), an arithmetic average grade of the Master's or an equivalent university diploma's supplement (20%), and the assessment of the fact of the presence of scientific publications (20%).

11. On the basis of the Vilnius University Regulation on Doctoral Studies, the PhD Admissions Committee shall rank the applicants for the admission to the state-financed and paid places of studies.

12. Doctoral studies shall start on 1st October 2017.


Information on the admission results and contract signing

The information on the admission results shall be announced on the VU information system after 15.00 on 3 July 2016.

Those admitted to the doctoral studies are requested to come to the Department of Doctoral and Residency Studies in order to to sign study contracts (Room 352, 2nd floor, VU Central Building, Universiteto 3, Vilnius).

Contracts shall be signed from July 7 to July 10.

Note: Those unable to come before July 10 are requested to inform about it by e-mail at:  .

At the time of the study contract signing, the following documents are to be submitted:  

  • copies 's or an equivalent higher education diploma and its supplement;
  • ·a copy
  • a curriculum vitae (CV) with a photo.


ed3505 bb888aad4a214714a280f3f432a7a7f4 mv2Doctoral studies require high involvement and motivation. That’s why these studies should be choosen by those who are not afraid of challenges, consistent work and of course have a clear vision of academic career. Mentioned studies contribute to a mature, independent personality development, because most of the responsibility during studies falls on the doctoral student. During your doctoral studies, you have a great opportunity to combine the existing practical and theoretical knowledge and to contribute to science with new ideas that can successfully serve in addressing some of the problems or developing new research areas.


Karina Adomavičiūtė, graduate of 2016


YuanyuanPh. D study should be a journey: a journey to stimulate potentials of inventive and innovative academic works, a journey to forge determined and liberated characters, and a journey beyond imaginations. As our world has become a global village, creating and maintaining unfair advantages are becoming core issues for not only nations, organizations but also for researchers, which is why young people are encouraged to explore overseas study adventures.

I am from Guiyang, a less developed city of China. However, during my last 10 years, I spent time in different countries for different levels of studies and research activities. Choosing Vilnius University of Lithuania for my Ph. D level was a deliberative decision: Lithuania as a representative fast growing emerging market in Baltic region, an ideal country to connect Europe, and Vilnius University as one of the most renowned and spiritual inspiring universities with hundreds of years' history and reputation. And the decision has already been proved to be very wise.

For all researchers, there is freedom in Vilnius University to explore the background color of a zebra grey or black, so, welcome aboard.

Yuanyuan Liu, Ph. D student of 2015


KfouriDoctoral studies can be defined as a real and big challenge, since it requires lots of self-efforts and individual works. As a doctoral student, you will be embarking on one of the most intensive study experiences of your academic career so far. 

Unlike the undergraduate or Master’s study experience, research studies are more likely to involve longer and less structured periods in which to do your work.
As a doctoral student, you will have close, professional interaction with your main supervisor and other officially associated with your study, as well as many more informal working interactions.
During your doctoral studies, you can combine your experience and your scientific analysis, and then contribute to science, in proposing new ideas and adding values to the research’s topic, in order to make them useful and beneficial for the future researchers.

Georges Kfouri, Ph. D student of 2014


Viktorija CohenOne of the biggest challenges in doctoral studies is that doctoral studies represent an individual work, therefore you should be very motivated. Doctoral studies should be a choice of those who are not afraid of challenges and of those who see their future in academia.  I think that there is no point in putting so much effort only for the scientific degree.  Earning the doctoral degree is logical if you wish to be a part of academic activities: to teach, to participate in scientific projects, conferences, to write scientific articles and so on. For doctoral studies it is essential to be mature as a person, to have experience and to be able to use it.  Doctoral studies help group and systemize researches conducted in your area or topic of interest, extend your mindset, your worldview. Moreover, combined with your experience in the area of study and scientific analysis, you can make major contribution to science, propose new ideas, disclose a new view towards the problem, apply new or improve existing methods.

Viktorija Cohen, graduate of 2013


Regulation of Doctoral studies process is described in website of Vilnius University