Lithuanian system of higher education
Since 2000 a binary system of higher education entered into force in
Lithuania. There are university level and non-university level studies
Graduate level - Master's studies, specialised vocational studies and residency
Upon completion of a basic study programme, graduates may pursue
specialised vocational studies (lasting 1-2 years and comprising of
40-80 credit points
Lithuania also has uniform study programmes consisting of both basic and Master's studies (for example, medical study programmes taking 5-6 years).
In addition the degree system in Lithuania comprises vocational post-graduate study programmes (duration 1-2 years). These programmes are very popular and are becoming even more so in the field of engineering.
A doctoral studies can be started if candidate has already obtained a Magistras (Master's) degree or equivalent higher education The education lasts from 3 years (For those with Master's degree) to four years (for those who have completed specialised professional or continuous university level studies), one and a half to two years of which are spent completing doctoral courses. The doctoral courses comprise up to five subjects and final examinations, each subject comprising at least 45 hours. Upon completion of the doctoral courses, a doctoral thesis must be prepared and defended publicly to qualify the candidate for the doctorate. Doctoral studies may be jointly organised by higher education and research institutions. The highest academic degree in Lithuania is the habilituotas daktaras (doctor habilitatus). This degree is awarded to holders of a doctorate who have published significant results in relevant Lithuanian or international journals, as well as a monograph or a habilitation thesis.