Doctoral studies @ European Humanities University
28 Aug Application deadline
1 Oct Start date
4 years Study duration full-time
3400€ Tuition fee for Eu citizens

Programme overview

About the program

In 2011, the European Humanities University (EHU) launched a joint doctoral program in philosophy in partnership with Vytautas Magnus University (Kaunas) and the Lithuanian Culture Research Institute (Vilnius).

EHU’s Doctorate in Philosophy combines the European historical philosophical tradition with a flexible interdisciplinary focus. This allows for in-depth analysis of the most problematic and burning issues that concern today’s individual as well as society at large.

The main focus of doctoral theses lies within two areas:

  • The impact of new technologies on social practices and the experience of identity
  • Social and ethical transformations in the era of globalization

EHU’s doctoral program provides an opportunity to significantly enhance one’s qualifications, effectively network with the European academic community, defend one’s doctoral dissertation, and earn a doctoral degree (PhD in Philosophy) that is recognized throughout the European Union. A master’s degree (or a more advanced degree) is a prerequisite for prospective students who wish to enroll in the doctoral program.

The duration of doctoral studies is four years. Within this time frame, a doctoral student studies for and takes exams in the subjects of his choice, publishes articles covering topics related to her or his thesis, and participates in conferences and other academic activities. PhD in Humanities is awarded after a successful defense of the doctoral thesis.

Languages of instruction

  • Russian and English

Programme structure

During the first two years of studies, a doctoral student must get at least 30 ECTS credits by passing the appropriate number of exams. One course is worth of 6 ECTS credits.

The following courses are being taught for doctoral students at EHU:

  • Philosophical aspects of media theory: identities and memories
  • Problems in contemporary phenomenological philosophy
  • Contemporary social philosophy and ethics
  • Philosophical and ethical problems of biotechnological development
  • Poststructuralism
  • Feminism and philosophy: historical, epistemological and political collisions
  • Theory and method in visual studies: visual thinking in the context of contemporary culture

Admission Requirements

List of necessary documents:

  • Application addressed to the Rector for participation in the competition;
  • Diploma confirming the presence of a Master’s degree or equivalent to it, as well as an appendix to it;
  • Two recommendations from persons holding a PhD in Philosophy;
  • CV (with signature);
  • List of scientific publications (with a full bibliographic description) and their copies (submitted together with copies of the cover and contents of the magazine); if an article has not yet been published – a certificate issued by the editorial board of the scientific
    journal about the article accepted for publication (after the review procedure), and its manuscript;
  • Research project: paper copy and electronic copy in .doc format or .docx; if the application contains two topics, two projects should be submitted;
  • A copy of the passport page containing personal data, or a copy of the personal ID card;
  • Documents confirming the change of surname, if submitted documents contain different surnames;
  • Other documents that the applicant wishes to submit.

The applicant has also to pass a motivational interview.

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