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doctoral studies at LSMU

The aim and objectives of the doctoral studies at the Lithuanian University of Health Sciences are based on the provisions of the effective Lithuanian legal acts related to doctoral studies; the study process and the preparation of the doctoral dissertation comply with the recommendations of the European University Association (EUA).

The aim of the doctoral programme at the Lithuanian University of Health Sciences is to train scientists of the highest competence in the fields of natural, medical and health, and agricultural sciences, to carry out scientific research aimed at improving the health of people and animals, analysing the pathogenesis of pathological processes, the causes of diseases, their prevention, and developing science-based methods of treatment, rehabilitation, and applied to preserve and enhance human and animal health and welfare.

admission
TO DOCTORAL STUDIES

Rules of admission

Lithuanian University of Health Sciences announces the selection for state-funded and non-funded doctoral studies in the fields of medicine and health sciences. University accepts applications for medical doctoral studies in medicine, odontology, pharmaceutical and nursing sciences, and for science doctoral studies in the field of biology, biophysics, and in the fields of veterinary and animal sciences.
Persons with a master’s degree (or equivalent higher education) may participate in the selection for admission to doctoral studies.

Main selection criteria:

  • compliance of the doctoral application with the development goals of the faculty or research institute;
  • academic level of the doctoral application;
  • the results of completing master’s or equivalent higher education qualification studies;
  • published scientific articles or papers if there are no published peer-reviewed scientific articles;
  • understanding and motivation of the scientific problems of the field of science to be entered;
  • compliance of scientific research with the strategic fields of the University’s development.

The applicant should submit the following documents to the Research Centre:
1. request to participate in the selection addressed to the Rector (see below);
2. curriculum vitae;
3. recommendations by two scientists (the head of the department, where the applicant wishes to study, and the expected doctoral supervisor);
4. a copy of the master’s degree or equivalent higher education qualification diploma;
5. copies of the diploma appendix/appendices (a copy of the academic certificate);
6. a copy of the specialised medical practice license (for those applying to clinical departments);
7. list of bibliography (to be approved by the responsible LSMU library employee) and copies of scientific articles. If no scientific articles have been published – an academic paper reflecting the focus of scientific and work activities (the topic of the paper is proposed by the department that requested a doctoral position). The paper in the recommendation is evaluated by the expected doctoral supervisor and given points based on the ten-point scale;
8. a copy of the document certifying the change of surname;
9. a copy of the entrance fee receipt (40 Eur).


Bank account details:
Registration code 302536989; AB SEB bank, bank code – 70440, Account No. LT09 7044 0600 0290 5377, payment code 6172
The application is accepted and registered only after submitting all the necessary documents from 12 June 2023 until 18 August 2023


Documents are accepted at A. Mickevičius st. 7, room 106, Kaunas, tel. +370 37 32 72 76, +370 37 32 72 77.

Requirements for applicants to doctoral studies
Research field Required academic achievements  
Biology – N 010 Having obtained a master’s degree in Life Sciences, Health Sciences, Veterinary Sciences, Agricultural Sciences, Medicinal Chemistry in the Physical Sciences Study Group, Bioengineering in the Engineering Science Study Group, Biotechnology in the Technology Science Study Group, or an equivalent qualification  
Biophysics – N 011 Having obtained a master’s degree in Mathematics, Informatics, Life Sciences, Health Sciences, Veterinary Sciences, Agricultural Sciences and Physics in the Physical Sciences Study Group, Bioengineering in the Engineering Science Study Group, Electronics Engineering in the Technology Science Study Group, Biotechnology degree or an equivalent qualification 
Medicine– M 001 Having obtained a master’s degree in the medical field of the Health Sciences study group or an equivalent qualification  
Odontology – M 002 Having obtained a master’s degree in the odontology field of the Health Sciences study group or an equivalent qualification  
Pharmacy  – M 003 Having obtained a master’s degree in the field of Life Sciences, Pharmacy in the Health Sciences, Chemistry in the Physical Sciences and Biotechnology in the Technological Sciences or an equivalent qualification 
Public Health – M 004 Having acquired a master’s degree in Mathematics, Informatics, Health Sciences, Social Sciences, Law, Business and Public Management study groups or a qualification corresponding to it 
Nursing  – M 005 Having obtained a master’s degree in the fields of medicine, public health, rehabilitation, nursing and midwifery in the Health Sciences study group, social work and psychology in the Social Sciences study group, or a qualification corresponding to it 
Veterinary Medicine– A 002 Having obtained a master’s degree in Veterinary Sciences, Agricultural Sciences, Life Sciences, Public Health in Health Sciences and Biotechnology, Food Technology, Catering in Technological Sciences, or an equivalent qualification. 
Animal Science – A 003 Having acquired a master’s degree in Veterinary Sciences, Agricultural Sciences, or Biotechnology, Food Technology, Public Catering, Health Sciences  in Technological Sciences, in Public Health in the field of Health Sciences and Chemical Engineering in the field of Engineering Sciences or a qualification corresponding to it. 
2023 fundamental PhD topics and supervisors
  • 1. Efficiency of greenhouse gas emission reduction measures in sheep farming

The livestock sector is a major contributor to anthropogenic GHG emissions. Due to their digestive characteristics, ruminants, including sheep, are one of the most important sources of GHG emissions in agriculture. Therefore, in order to meet the ambitious targets set by the green course, it is essential to identify key measures to reduce GHG emissions and ensure the efficient development of sustainable production without compromising animal productivity and welfare. A number of studies have been carried out to explain the effectiveness of such measures in the dairy cattle sector, and intensive research is being launched in the beef cattle sector as well, but very little research has been done in the sheep sector and key questions remain. Therefore, identifying key measures to reduce GHG emissions from sheep and their effectiveness remains one of the key challenges for sustainable agricultural development and meeting climate change commitments.

Scientific supervisor dr. Violeta Juškienė

  • 2. Studies on the effects of biologically active substances on the reproductive performance of rams

Reproductive efficiency is one of the key factors determining profitability in animal husbandry. Artificial insemination is an essential method for animal production industry, enabling the introduction of valuable reproductive and productive genetic backgrounds into breeding programs and the efficient use of the most genetically valuable rams. However, insemination with frozen-thawed sperm is not widely used in sheep breeding due to reduced pregnancy rate and more sophisticated insemination methods. The high sensitivity of ram sperm to cryopreservation reduces their survival and transport in the female reproductive tract highlighting the need for improved semen quality, cryosurvival and freezing methods in this species. The aim of the research is to investigate the effect of various biologically active substances on the productive and reproductive properties of rams and to evaluate the changes in sperm cryofreezability.

Scientific supervisor dr. Artūras Šiukščius

  • 3. Combined effects of environmental pollution and meteorological factors on cardiovascular mortality in urban middle-aged and elderly population

Annotation

The health problems of middle-aged and older people are becoming more and more relevant, as the number of older people in the world has been increasing in recent years. Major CVD, as ischemic heart disease (IHD) and stroke remains one of the major causes of disability and mortality in the middle-aged and elderly. As the age increases, the risk of developing various chronic non-infectious and other metabolic diseases increases and at the same time increases the risk of CVD mortality. In the world due to unhealthy life style there are a relatively high prevalence of risk factors for chronic non-communicable diseases, especially of CVD, among the middle-aged and elderly population. Among the risk factors for CVD, lifestyle risk factors predominate, but there are other risk factors for the increase in the number of CVD. Other chronic metabolic conditions that aggravate the course of CVD and worsen the prognosis of CVD also contribute to middle age and older age. The unfavorable external environment (outdoor pollution and adverse meteorological conditions) is also contributing to the increasing mortality from CVDs, which further increases the risk of CVD mortality. In some urbanized countries life expectancy due to environmental pollution reduces about 10 years. Particulate matter levels, nitrogen and sulfur oxide levels, carbon monoxide, benzene, and ozone levels can determine the rapid effects of CVD finding and increase the risk of CVD death. With increasing levels of particulate matter, nitrogen and sulfur oxides, levels of carbon monoxide, benzene and ozone in ambient air, which may lead to faster exposure to CVDs and an increased risk of death from CVDs. Individuals with multiple chronic diseases, middle-aged and older individuals, females are at higher risk of developing CVD and dying from CVD. Adverse meteorological conditions may also increase the impact of environmental pollution on the risk of CVD diseases and increase the risk of CVD mortality. The combined effects of air pollution and adverse meteorological factors on the risk of mortality from CVD will be investigated. This work will aim to identify the major meteorological and air pollution determinants on mortality from CVD (mortality from IHD, stroke and others CVD), to develop models for mortality risk assessment and prognosis for CVD mortality, considering the factors analyzed and to develop recommendations for reducing mortality from CVD in the middle-aged and elderly population. Reducing mortality from CVD could effectively reduce health care costs for middle and older people. This work will have practical implications for improving the quality of life of middle and older people and for taking preventive measures to reduce health risks.

Supervisor: prof. R. Radišauskas, MD, Phd. Institute of Cardiology, Lithuanian University of Health Sciences

4. Overweight and obesity in the pediatric population aged 7 to 18 years: risk factors and the role of weight change in predicting the risk of chronic disease.

Epidemiological studies suggest that human health, its strengthening depends on the attitudes of healthy life, which are formed in childhood, adolescence and youth, and if this does not happen, the initial first risk factors of chronic diseases appear during these periods of life. The researchers state that the risk factors occurring at a young age become even more pronounced at maturity and cause the development of many chronic diseases. Some of them – cardiovascular diseases, which the morbidity is the largest in the world at the present time. Overweight and obesity – one of the main risk factors of cardiovascular diseases, so early identification of elevated body weight and clarification and correction of its risk factors can be the guarantee of a long and productive life. The aim of the study: to determine the prevalence of overweight and obesity among schoolchildren aged 7 to 18 years, to analyse possible demographic, lifestyle, behavioural, genetic risk factors and to assess the significance of changes in body weight for arterial blood pressure. Most of the data from 3,800 children and adolescents of the aforementioned age have been collected for the planned dissertation. Anthropometric measurements were performed to assess overweight and obesity. Height, weight, waist, hip, neck, mid-upper arm circumferences were measured, and body fat and muscle percentages were determined. Schoolchildren completed questionnaires for identifying and assessing of the risk factors. The final stage of the research will be carried out, and the saliva of the schoolchildren will be collected for genetic research. It would be very interesting to collect similar data from the doctoral student’s country and to compare the countries’ relevance of the problem, dietary principles, and other risk factors for obesity and increased ABP.

Supervisor of the dissertation: doc. dr. Virginija Dulskienė, Lithuanian University of Health Sciences, Medical Academy, Institute of Cardiology

For those seeking to obtain a doctoral degree externally

A person (hereinafter referred to as an external student) who has a master’s qualification degree, or an equivalent higher education can seek to obtain a doctorate degree externally. The external student must have prepared a dissertation, published the most important results of the dissertation in at least two articles published in international scientific publications that have a citation index in the Clarivate Analytics Web of Science database, and have presented their research results at least at two international scientific events. A scientific monograph written by the candidate without co-authors may also be submitted as a thesis for defense. A summary of the monograph should also be provided. In this case, other scientific publications should be submitted if they are necessary for revealing the topic of the dissertation.

A person wishing to acquire a doctoral degree externally should submit an application to the Rector, indicating the topic of the dissertation the research area and field. To be submitted with the application:

  • dissertation manuscript or published scientific monograph
  • a list of scientific publications and their copies;
  • copies of a master’s degree or an equivalent higher education qualification diploma and its appendix (appendices);
  • description of life, scientific and creative activities;
  • doctoral studies exams (if any) or their extracts and descriptions of doctoral study subject programmes.


Reviewers and departments are appointed by the Rector’s order. In the joint meeting of the scientific and pedagogical staff of the departments, the dissertation is considered, and a conclusion is given whether the dissertation manuscript or the published scientific monograph meets the requirements for a doctoral dissertation and the candidacy of a scientific consultant is proposed.

The minutes of the meeting are submitted to the Research Centre, which together with the consent of the proposed scientific consultant (download the Scientific Consultant’s consent form, the characteristics of his/her scientific activity (download the Scientific Consultant’s Activity Characteristics form) and the list of scientific publications (must be signed by a library employee) submits documents to the doctoral committee of the scientific field.

External exams are organised, and the dissertation is examined in accordance with the LSMU doctoral studies regulations:

HIGH QUALITY DOCTORAL STUDIES

The Lithuanian University of Health Sciences is granted the right to conduct doctoral studies in 10 research fields, in which more than 200 doctoral students enroll each year.

10
Fields of study
>250
Doctoral students each year
~40
Defended doctoral theses each year
>74%
Employed within the first year of graduation
LSMU Research Centre
A. Mickevičiaus g. 7, Kaunas, Lietuva
+370 37 32 72 77 mokslocentras@lsmuni.lt
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