PhD in Physics (Physical Sciences)


Program Description

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.

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

Minimum Qualification for Admission to PhD Programme in Physics:

  • Master’s or equivalent qualification diploma

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)
Last updated March 2019

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