Doctoral (PhD) studies are third-level studies and doctoral (PhD) students are postgraduate students and researchers. The purpose of doctoral studies is to train scientists capable of performing independent scientific research and experimental development as well as able to solve scientific problems. Applicants for PhD studies must have a Master’s qualification degree or a higher education degree equivalent to it.
Step 1. All the documents must be submitted by the 10th of June, 2022 (unless stated otherwise):
- 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 the prospective research project in PDF format (see section Research Project regarding dissertation topics and other details);
- 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;
- a certificate proving the level of English (not lower than B2);
- 15 Eur instalment cheque.
- Other documents which, in the opinion of the applicant, are important, such as a certificate of completion of various courses or examinations passed at the doctoral level, are welcome too;
Applicants also have to submit a consent to the processing of personal data at the University
A copy of the certificate on the recognition of higher education qualifications obtained abroad also might be asked to submit.
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 Step 1. All applications are processed through the initial evaluation, which consists of assessment of the research project and the applicant’s research experience. Candidates are assessed on a 10-point scale by all members of the Admissions Committee. Applicants who gain the average initial evaluation score of 6 points and above are eligible to proceed to motivational interviews.
Step 2. The Admissions Committee holds motivational interviews with applicants and the defence of the research project. Interviews are held on 28th June 2022, on 10 a.m. (Lithuanian time), remotely via Microsoft Teams app.
Applicants’ final competition score is calculated as follows:
- the assessment of the research project and the interview (60%),
- average grade of the Master's diploma (20%),
- the assessment of the importance of scientific publications (20%).
Applicants to PhD studies in the field of Communication and Information Sciences (CIS) must prepare a research project and participate in its defence and an interview.
- List of Dissertation topics for Doctoral Studies in Communication and Information Sciences
- Requirements for research projects for admission to PhD studies in Communication and Information Sciences
For more Information about Admission to PhD studies in Communication and Information Sciences please contact:
- Admissions Officer of Department of Doctoral and Residency Studies, ph. +370 5 2687095, email: ;
- Chair of the Communication and Information PhD Studies Committee; Prof. Dr. Aušra Navickienė, ph. +370 5 2366116, email:
- Secretariat of CIS PhD Studies Committee, ph. +370 5 2366104, email: ;
More detailed information is available at the Office of Doctoral and Postdoctoral Studies, Vilnius University, University Str. 3, phone: +37052687093, +37052687094, +37052687095.