Study Programme

IIRPS is the first institution in Lithuania which has been granted the right to train researchers in political science thus ensuring a consistent development and revival of political science in Lithuania. 

Since 1992, 32 students were awarded the PhD degree at the Institute (January 2010). 

 

Full time PhD studies

Duration of doctoral studies is 4 years. 

The fee of doctoral studies in political science is 12 398 Lt per year (3590 Euro per year) 

During the first month of studies PhD student in co-operation with an appointed supervisor/tutor has to prepare a Plan of doctoral studies. 

Doctoral program consists of: 
1. Studies and exams (it is recommended to pass exams during the first year of studies) - three exams have to be passed, two compulsory (Methodology of Political Science and Political Sociology) and one optional (may be chosen from a list of offered doctoral study subjects) (30 credits); 
2. Research and preparation of PhD thesis 

By the end of each year student is evaluated by the commission, which assess the progress of research and implementation of study plan during the calendar year. 

Defence

To be admitted to the defence of doctoral dissertation, student has: 
1. To pass exams; (30 credits ) 
2. To publish at least two articles, related to the topic of dissertation (articles have to be published or submitted to press in the publications as identified by the Government of Lithuania) 

3. To present research results in international conferences


The dissertation has to be prepared according to the requirements, as set by the Research Council of Lithuania. 

Dissertation is defended in public before the commission of defence, which consists of five scholars. During the defence, a candidate presents his/her research results, answers the questions of two appointed opponents and the members of the commission of defence. Decision concerning the recognition of doctoral degree is made by the commission. 

 

External PhD studies 

Procedures and requirements are the same as for full time studies. 

The fee of external doctoral studies is 19 765 Lt (5729 Euro) 

To be admitted to the defence of doctoral dissertation, student has: 
3. To pass exams; (30 credits ) 
4. To publish at least two articles, related to the topic of dissertation (articles have to be published or submitted to press in the publications as identified by the Government of Lithuania) 

3. To present research results in international conferences



The dissertation has to be prepared according to the requirements, as set by the Research Council of Lithuania. 

Dissertation is defended in public before the commission of defence, which consists of five scholars. During the defence, a candidate presents his/her research results, answers the questions of  the members of the commission of defence. Decision concerning the recognition of doctoral degree is made by the commission.