Formal doctoral programme

The formal doctoral programme facilitates the acquisition of the knowledge and scientific research practice needed for obtaining the doctoral degree (PhD).

During the doctoral programme, PhD students

- participate in formal academic training,
- conduct individual academic research work.


During formal training, the first two semesters consist of the core subjects, while students take specialization courses in the second two semesters.

During the academic research work, PhD students conducts individual literature review and research work, with the help of their supervisor.

In the last third of the programme, PhD students can write their dissertations.


During the period of the formal doctoral programme (3 academic years), students have to accomplish a workload of 6 semesters (180 credit points). The length of studies cannot be over 12 semesters, including both active and passive semesters.

PhD students participating in the formal training have a legal relationship with the university during the training period. This status is terminated on receiving the final pre-degree certificate.


The form of education can be:
- full-time, state-financed,
- full-time, full fee-paying,
- correspondent (part-time), full fee-paying.


The full-time form of education means that PhD students are employed at the university, so they cannot have another full-time job (only part-time). PhD students participate in educational (holding seminars) and research work and the organization of conferences etc. at the university.

The quota of state-financed students is to be determined at a later date by the Ministry of National Resource (Nefmi).

Quota for full fee-paying students: about 20.