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 doctoral programme is four years, part-time studies can take up to 6 years until completion. 

PhD Economics

PhD Management

Tuition fees

Tuition fee: 9449 Eur/year (6299 Eur/year in case of part-time PhD)


State-funded doctoral places with monthly scholarship of 722 Eur (836 Eur from the second study year) are offered to the best performing applicants according to the competition score. Citizens of all countries are eligible for the state-funded doctoral places.

PhD study process

The PhD studies consist of taking PhD examinations, writing the research thesis, and publishing the research output.

Economics PhD programme description

Management PhD programme description

Application procedure:

In Step 1, applicants submit the research project on the topic from the list of the approved dissertation topics. Each topic is assigned a doctoral thesis supervisor. The lists of approved PhD topics and thesis supervisors are announced every year, by mid-May. Research projects are submitted in PDF format by email .

In Step 2, applicants submit the application documents by email . The list of the required documents:

  • an application addressed to the Rector;
  • a copy of the passport or any other valid identification card;
  • copies of the Master’s diploma or of a higher education diploma equivalent to it and their supplements;
  • Curriculum Vitae;
  • a completed questionnaire with a photo;
  • a short description of prospective research project;
  • a list of research works and their copies, conference presentations, works awarded at academic competitions (if there is any);
  • recommendations by two academic referees from the topic of the relevant field of science
  • 15 Eur instalment cheque.

All documents issued in a language other than English, Russian or Lithuanian should be supplemented with an official translation. Doctoral committees can require to submit additional documents which are not provided for in Vilnius University regulations on doctoral studies.

After Steps 1 and 2 all applicants are processed through the initial evaluation, which consists of evaluation of the research project, and applicant’s research experience. The evaluation is performed by all members of the Admissions Committee in a 10-point scale. Applicants received an average score of 7 and above proceed to the Step 3.

In Step 3, the Admissions Committee holds the motivational interviews with selected applicants. Interviews are held at the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, VU, Saulėtekio al. 9, 2nd building, room 701 or remotely via Microsoft Teams app.

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