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.
Doctoral studies at the Life Sciences Center of Vilnius University are orientated towards the quality of study, flexible study process scheduling and establishing suitable academic environment. Doctoral students also enhance their knowledge in various workshops, by participating in international events, academic projects and performing educational work.
We are always looking for PhD students at our Center. If you would like to discuss the possibilities and research topics, please, contact the Head of laboratory and department of your interests.
- The doctoral student, together with their supervisor, prepares a work plan of doctoral studies within two months from the start of doctoral studies according to the Regulations for Doctoral Studies at Vilnius University.
- The scope of doctoral studies amounts to at least 30 credits. The doctoral studies must include at least three courses, and at least three credits must be acquired for the participation in general skills development activities.
- You can choose courses from the list of subjects in any field of science offered for doctoral studies.
- The work plan is recommended to be designed in such a way that 5 credits of the 30 credits required would be acquired for the participation in general skills development activities (i.e. project application preparation, scientific writing, academic ethics, intellectual property, entrepreneurship, communication skills, etc.).
- Credits for the development of general skills are included in the total amount of credits to be collected. Therefore, they must be listed in the study plan table. These listed activities do not need to be specifically named, it is sufficient to write “General competence skills development” and indicate the total amount of credits planned to be acquired. The teacher does not need to be specified either (it is possible to enter “will be determined”, “under consideration”, etc.). Credits for general competence skills development should be planned to collect during the first three years of studies.
- Doctoral students who are studying for a PhD in the field of biochemistry and did not study biochemistry before (during Bachelor’s or Master’s studies) must include structural or functional biochemistry subject into their studies plan.
- All the works listed in the plan have to be carried out no later than the end of the studies period. The scope of research results dissemination should equal the one necessary for the defense of dissertation.
- The original studies plan signed by the doctoral student and his supervisor must be delivered to the Doctoral School at least three working days before the Committee meeting devoted to the approval of studies plans. Together with the work plan, all doctoral students except those studying in the field of biology must also present the agreements of supervisor, consultant and lists of publications.
- At the meeting dedicated to the approval of studies plans, doctoral students usually give a short presentation on the background in their education, the studies plan (the exams chosen, the research planned and the problem being solved, aims, objectives), answer questions. The participation of supervisor in this meeting is highly desirable.
- The approved plans must be signed by the Chairman of the Committee and brought to the VU Department for Doctoral and Postdoctoral Studies.