PhD in Physics (Physical Sciences)

Kaunas University of Technology

Program Description

PhD in Physics (Physical Sciences)

Kaunas University of Technology

Joint degree programme with the University of Southern Denmark, Denmark; double degree programme with the Shizuoka University, Japan.

KTU and the University of Southern Denmark (Denmark) joint doctoral programme in the field of physics provides competencies and knowledge in the areas of condensed matter, interaction of radiation and matter, optical spectroscopy; the programme offers a wide range of topics and general experimental and theoretical research in the areas of meso, micro and nanostructures, photonic structures, including their formation, analysis and application in plasmonics, biosensors and alternative energy. Research involves the use of new functional materials, modern technologies (electron-beam lithography, reactive plasma etching, and holographic lithography) and progressive research methods (spectroscopic ellipsometry, Raman scattering, Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy, ultra-rapid process spectroscopy, etc.). Students of this programme have the possibility to acquire a double doctor degree at Shizuoka University (Japan).

The objective of the PhD programme in physics is the development of highly qualified researchers in the field of physics, who are able to conduct scientific research for a solution to critical problems.

Programme structure

A programme consists of:

30 credits:

  • 3-4 study modules at KTU or partner university;
  • 1-2 modules abroad;

research, including:

  • presentation of research results in at least 2 international conferences;
  • at least 2 publications of research results;

doctoral thesis:

  • preparation;
  • defence.

Core research themes

  • Condensed matter: structure, thermal and mechanical properties, crystallography, phase equilibria, electronic structure, electrical, magnetic and optical properties, superconductors, magnetic resonance, relaxation, spectroscopy
  • Mathematical and general theoretical physics, quantum mechanics, relativity, gravitation, statistical physics, thermodynamics


Main study subjects

Code Subject name ECTS credits
P260D101 Elective Chapters of Condensed Matter Physics 9
P190D102 Modelling Methods of Physical Processes and Structures 9
P200D001 Optics and Interaction 9
P250D010 Radiation Interaction with Matter 9

Alternative study subjects

Code Subject name ECTS credits
P190D104 Determined Chaos Theory 6
P190D103 Elective Chapters of Mathematical Physics 6
P250D100 Physical Processes in Radiation and Vacuum Technologies 6
P260D102 Spectroscopic and Ultrasound Analysis Methods of Materials 6

Elective study subjects

Code Subject name ECTS credits
P260D807 Emission Phenomena in Surface Analysis Methods 9
T150D010 Materials for Organic Optoelectronics 6
P160D004 Mathematical Basics for Engineering Experiment Theory 6
P190D010 Theory of Reliability 9

Minimum requirements

Minimum Qualification for Admission to PhD Programme in Physics:

  • Master’s or equivalent qualification diploma

Application procedure

Application and the following documents are submitted online at

  • Official legalised Bachelor’s and Master’s diplomas or a higher education degree equivalents and academic transcripts (translated into English or Lithuanian and notary verified).
  • Copy of ID card or passport
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • References by two academic referees or researchers from the relevant field of science (one must be written by the supervisor of the research topic that the candidate is applying for)
  • List of scientific publications (published and accepted to publication)
  • Copies of scientific publications (in case a candidate does not have any publication, a research paper on the research topic that the candidate is applying for, is obligatory)
  • Research proposal on the research topic that the candidate is applying for
  • Copy of application fee payment (40 EUR for EU citizens, and 100 EUR for non-EU citizens).
  • Certificate of English proficiency: IELTS >=6.5, TOEFL>=90, ECFR>=C1, or equivalent (or a proof that the previous studies were in English)

Selection criteria and their weighted coefficients

Research experience and achievements
Research experience – 0,35 (publications evaluated 0.35 mark: in Clarative Analytics Web of Knowledge database Web of Science foreign publications; Clarative Analytics Web of Knowledge database in Web of Science Lithuanian publications; proceedings of international conferences); achievements in science – 0,2 (participation in scientific projects, Lithuanian Research Council research practice programmes for students, winners of competitions of Knowledge Economy Forum, winners of competitions of Lithuanian Research Council)
Weighted average of the marks of diploma appendix
Weighted average of the marks of Bachelor diploma appendix evaluated 0.1 mark
Weighted average of the marks of Master diploma appendix evaluated 0.25
Research proposal 0,1
Motivation interview 0,1

Scholarships & funding

  • Scholarships from ~8015 € per year;
  • Additional scholarships for excellent results;
  • Grants for doctoral studies and research;
  • Grants for academic mobility;
  • Exemption from tuition fees.



Kaunas University of Technology offers:

  • 19 PhD programmes
  • International PhD Summer School;
  • Incentives and rewards for active KTU PhD students;
  • KTU PhD Students Society;
  • “Startup Space” for entrepreneurs.

KTU priority areas of research and innovation:

  • Diagnostic and Measurement Technologies;
  • New High Technology Materials;
  • Smart Environments and Information Technologies;
  • Sustainable Growth and Sustainable Social-Culture Development;
  • Technologies for Sustainable Development and Energy.
This school offers programs in:
  • English
Kaunas University of Technology

Last updated December 2, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 1, 2019
4 years
Full time
8,015 EUR
Tuition fee is applied only for those who are admitted to a self-funded position. All candidates are eligible to apply for state-funded positions (i.e. position with scholarship, and with exemption from tuition fee).
May 15, 2019
Application period: 4 February – 15 May 2019
Lithuania - Kaunas, Kaunas County
Start date : Sept. 1, 2019
Application deadline May 15, 2019
Application period: 4 February – 15 May 2019
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Sept. 1, 2019
Lithuania - Kaunas, Kaunas County
Application deadline May 15, 2019
Application period: 4 February – 15 May 2019
End date Request Info