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.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Lithuania and in the world, the admissions to PhD studies 2020 will take place in August-September, 2020.
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Tuition fee: 9449 Eur/year (6299 Eur/year in case of part-time PhD)
Requirmerents 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 (see above) 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?
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.
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.