Doctoral studies

Doctoral studies consist of taking doctoral courses, conducting scientific research, writing up and defending doctoral dissertation. Doctoral studies at Vilnius University can be studied in a full-time or part-time. The duration of full-time (part-time) doctoral programme is four (six) years.


Admission procedure 2018

Document submission procedure takes places in two stages.

First stage: applicants must submit a research project on one of the approved PhD topics in the fields of Economics and Management. Research projects are submitted in PDF format by e-mail . See the requirements for research projects below. Submission deadline: the 14th of June.

Second stage: Applicants must submit to the Office of Doctoral and Postdoctoral Studies the following documents by the 25th of June:

  1. an application addressed to the Rector;
  2. a copy of the passport or any other valid identification card;
  3. copies of the master’s diploma or of a higher education diploma equivalent to it and their supplements;
  4. Curriculum Vitae;
  5. a completed questionnaire with a photo;
  6. a research project;
  7. a list of research works and their copies, conference presentations, works awarded at academic competitions (if any);
  8. recommendations by two academic referees from the topic of the relevant field of science;
  9. a certificate of assessment of academic qualifications issued by the Centre for Quality Assessment in Higher Education (if necessary);
  10. 15 euro instalment voucher (a form of instalment voucher is published at University website.

Requirements for a research project

The title of a research project may coincide with one of the approved PhD topics in the fields of Economics and Management or may deal with a more specific scientific problem. An admitted candidate will be able to change the title in the future. The length of a research project is limited to 3000 words.

Research projects will be evaluated according to the following aspects:

  • The title is clear and describes well the research question.
  • The research question is clearly formulated, relevant and well-motivated.

a) What is the main research question?
b) What is the main reason of the scientific problem?
c) What are the research goals and objectives?

  • A brief analytic discussion of the scholarly research to date on the topic.

a) What is the current state in the field?
b) What are the main contributors?
c) In what ways will your research create valuable and useful knowledge?

  • Theoretical framework and methodological approach of research has been described.

a) What are the main theoretical/empirical challenges related to your research question?
b) What (type of) data will you use?
c) What is the expected progression of the research?
d) Will you need to collaborate with other researchers or organizations?
e) How realistic is the implementation of the project in practical terms?

  • A brief statement of applicant’s qualifications.

a) Have your previous degrees given you the necessary knowledge of the field, discipline, and methodologies you require?
b) What research training will you need to undertake?

The assessment procedure

Research projects shall be assessed by at least two referees, who shall critically examine the submitted project and write a review in which they shall assess the project according to the criteria above, write a report on the prospects of the applicant and a grade, reflecting the level of the research project (on a scale of 10 points).

In case of a positive average grade of the referees (higher than 4 points), the applicant shall be invited to an interview with a PhD Admissions Committee. During the interview, the applicant shall address the comments in the referee reports and the questions of the members of the PhD Admission Committee. When grading the research project and the interview, the Committee shall consider the average of the grades of the referees and the quality of the submitted letters of recommendation.

The interview with the candidates who submitted research projects shall take place in rooms 402 and 403 at 10am the 28th of June 2018 (the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, Building 2, Saulėtekio al. 9).

Applicant's final score consist of:

  • the assessment of the research project and the interview (60%),
  • average grade of the Master's diploma (15%),
  • a grade of the Master’s thesis (15%),
  • the assessment of the importance of scientific publications (10%).

On the basis of the final score, the PhD Admissions Committee shall rank the applicants for the admission to the state-funded positions.

See Vilnius University regulation on doctoral studies for more details.

PhD in Economics on a project

We sincerely invite present and future Ph.D. students in economics to join the high-level academic project "Reassessment of the OCA Theory in the Persistently Heterogeneous EU" organized by the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration of Vilnius

We offer:

The international scientific environment - the opportunity to work with experienced scholars from the Czech Republic (Brno Mendel University, Austria (WIFO - Austrian Economic Research Institute, Vienna Economics and Business University), Germany (Zeppelin University of Friedrichshafen) and Lithuania (Bank of Lithuania Center for Economic and Financial Research Competence Center).

Access to multinational enterprise databases (eg. Amadeus), visit the international scientific conference to present the results of the selected project research topic *.

The opportunity to have a consultant and dissertation supervisor, who arethe specialists in a scientific subject.

Opportunity to work in a project.
The opportunity to join the project team will be given to students who select one of the following research topics offered by Euro4Europe:

Business Cycle synchronization & Optimal currency area

Dynamic models on micro-data and regional business cycle synchronization

Transmission mechanisms of the financial crisis and the evolution of business cycles at different levels of territorial disaggregation

When choosing a dissertation topic that corresponds to the subject of the project, the candidate's choice to participate in the project of the faculty will be taken into account.

For more detailed information about the project, please contact assoc. prof. L. Urbšienė, 

Project term: January 8, 2018 - January 7, 2022.

The project is funded by the European Social Fund.

Project executor: naujiena2018 02 05

Student testimonials

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


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