about doctoral studies

About doctoral studies in Romania

In Romania, according to the Law of Education (no.1/ 2011 and no.84/1995), doctoral studies are the highest form of education and research. The above-mentioned law stipulates that Romanian educational authorities must certify all institutions organizing doctoral studies and all doctoral advisors. Doctoral studies are further regulated by a decision of the Romanian government (no.681/2011) - Full time studies, with a length of 3 years, out of which 1 year for exams and reports and 2 years for thesis preparations.
Candidates complete their degrees under the supervision of specialists in the respective fields of research, certified as doctoral advisor by the Romanian Ministry of Education and Scientific Research. The research topic and the aims of the project available for supervision are matched with the candidate's own preferences and background.

Doctoral studies at the Valahia University

Doctoral studies at the Valahia University are part of a long-standing tradition in high-performance education and scientific research. The prestige that both our teaching and scientific research activities enjoy is subsequent to the consistent implementation of two principles: the quality of the teaching and research activities and competitiveness. Studies at the Valahia University offer doctoral candidates access to an academic environment that welcomes the diversity of opinions and openness, access to European programs in the field of postgraduate studies, as well as the possibility of working in high-performance research teams.

Requirements for completing a doctoral degree

Doctoral studies have two components, a general one consisting of the courses that one has to follow in order to complete his studies and an individual one, which is connected with the proposed subject of the doctoral thesis, consisting of specific exams to be passed and specific research reports to be presented and defended.

In order to be awarded a Ph.D./doctoral degree one must fulfill the following requirements:

- Passing 6 exams and presenting 3 reports, for doctoral students holding a Master's degree or an equivalent. Reports are presented and defended in front of a commission whose members are specialists in the respective field.

- Candidates who have completed all exams and reports must submit a thesis, which, in a public meeting, is evaluated by an officially appointed commission. The officially appointed evaluation commission proposes whether the candidate be awarded the title of "doctor" (Ph.D.) or not. Then, according to Romanian legislation, a dossier containing the required documents and a copy of the thesis are sent, to the National Council for Attestation of Academic Titles, Degrees and Certificates. Upon written confirmation by the above named institution the candidate will be awarded the doctoral degree.

The grading system states that candidates must obtain at least the grades good or very good in order to pass an exam (from the individual program or at the end of a doctoral course) or the presentation and defense of a report or the public defense of the doctoral thesis.

For more information visit the website of the doctoral school.

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