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RTU implements 21 accredited Doctoral study programmes in engineering, natural sciences, architecture, social and service sciences.
Doctoral Studies comprise theoretical courses, conducted in accordance with the curriculum, and scientific research. Upon finishing the Doctoral Studies, students have to defend Doctoral Thesis.
Duration of the full-time Doctoral Studies is four years. The part-time Doctoral Studies last for five years. The Doctoral Studies are conducted for 11 months p.a. in accordance with the Doctoral Studies schedule for the given academic year. The volume of the entire Doctoral study programme is 192 credit points.
RTU is the leader in research and innovation in the Baltic States. University research is an integral part of the study process.
Promotion is defence of a scientific work as a result of which the PhD degree is conferred.