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Mykolas Romeris University awards doctoral degrees of:

Social Sciences




Defended doctoral dissertations at Mykolas Romeris University in 2015-2019

The structure of doctoral programmes 

Doctoral programmes include studies, research and preparation of a doctoral thesis. The full-time studies' duration is 4 years, part-time - 6 years. Upon completion of a doctoral programme and public viva voce defence of the thesis, the doctor’s degree is awarded.

The studies are organized according to each candidate's individual work plan. However, each candidate must gather at least 30 ECTS gained through study subjects (each programme includes 4-6 subjects). The other part of the studies is allotted to the groundwork, the research, publication of at least 2 scientific peer-reviewed articles, participation in scientific conferences, and completion of the doctoral thesis.

Enrollment criteria

Primary admission criteria are described in the Regulation on Doctoral Training and Doctoral Studies Regulations of each science field. Applicant must be awarded a master's degree, present a research proposal and defend it in a Doctoral Committee's meeting. Also, the applicant should present his/her scientific publications (if there are any); in some fields a test in foreign language (English, French or German) is mandatory.

The Doctoral Committees specify additional admission criteria and procedures each year in spring.

Preparation of the thesis

Dissertation must be an original scientific work, which includes the overview of previous scientific research related to the subject, thesis objective and goals, research methodology and also novelty and practical significance of the dissertation. Conclusions should be presented in a separate part of the dissertation. The dissertation also includes the curriculum vitae of the author and his/her list of scientific publications.

The defence

After final preparation of dissertation and its summary, the dissertation is defended in a public event (unless the thesis includes commercial confidentiality). During the defence the doctoral candidate presents his/her thesis: research objectives and tasks, methodology, statements and main conclusions of the dissertation. The Board presents their opinions and participate in the scientific discussion after which the Board secretly votes for or against acknowledgement of doctoral degree award.

Financing structure and opportunities

The doctoral education is financed by state assignations and tuition fees. The state also provides competitive financing opportunities that are organized by the Research Council of Lithuania. These programmes offer funding for candidate's abroad internships, participation in national as well as international scientific events, and also financing for academic staff visiting Lithuania to deliver lectures for doctoral students and to participate in doctoral thesis defence. Additional financial support to doctoral candidates may be provided on bases of the national or international programs, ex. Erasmus, Leonardo da Vinci and etc. More useful links for financing here

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