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Doctoral studies at LSMU

The aim and objectives of the doctoral studies of the Lithuanian University of Health Sciences are based on the provisions of the valid Lithuanian legal acts related to doctoral studies, and 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 and rehabilitation and applied to preserve and enhance human and animal health and welfare.

ADMISSION TO DOCTORAL STUDIES

Rules of admission

THE LITHUANIAN UNIVERSIY 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 FIELDS OF BIOLOGY, BIOPHYSICS, AND IN THE FIELDS OF VETERINARY AND ANIMAL SCIENCES.
The goal of the doctoral programme at the Lithuanian University of Health Sciences is to train scientists of the highest competence in the fields of natural sciences, medical and health sciences, and agricultural sciences, to carry out research aimed at the health of people and animals, analysing the pathogenesis of the pathological processes, the causes of diseases, their prevention, treatment and rehabilitation based on science to develop and apply methods to preserve and enhance human and animal health and well-being.
Persons with a master’s degree (or equivalent higher education) can 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 submits the following documents to the Science Centre:
1. request to participate in the selection addressed to the Rector (see below);
2. curriculum vitae;
3. recommendations of two scientists (the head of the department where the applicant wishes to study and the expected doctoral supervisor);
4. a copy of a 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 entering clinical departments);
7. bibliography list (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 with points in a ten-point system);
8. copies of the document certifying the change of surname;
9. a copy of the receipt for the entrance fee (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 10 June 2022 until 16 August 2022


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. 
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 two international scientific events. A scientific monograph written by the dissertation candidate without co-authors can also be submitted as a thesis for a doctoral dissertation. A summary of the monograph is also provided. In this case, other scientific publications are provided if they are needed to reveal the topic of the dissertation.

A person wishing to acquire a doctoral degree externally submits an application to the Rector, indicating the topic of the dissertation, the field of study and the field. Attached to the request:

  • 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 order of the Rector. 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.

Reviewers and departments are appointed by order of the Rector. 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 Science Centre, which together with the consent of the proposed scientific consultant (download the Scientific Consultant’s consent form  (21 KB), the characteristics of his scientific activity (download the    Scientific Consultant’s Activity Characteristics form (23 KB)) 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 LSMU doctoral studies regulations:

High quality doctoral studies

The Lithuanian University of Health Sciences is granted the right to conduct doctoral studies in 10 fields of study, in which more than 200 doctoral students enrol 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
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