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The Institute of Doctoral Studies (ISD)

 

Schedule | Tution fees Doctoral supervisors

 

      “Ovidius” University of Constanța (UOC) is an accredited institution of higher education that organizes PhD in the following research fields accredited to operate: Philology, Theology, Biology, Medicine, Dentistry, History, Mathematics and Civil Engineering.

     The Council of Doctoral Studies, hereafter named CSUD, is the governing body for all doctoral studies programs within the UOC. The Council is headed by a director, who is a member of CSUD by right and whose position is the equivalent of a vice-rector’s.

    The Institute of Doctoral Studies (ISD) is the administrative structure of the UOC that provides the necessary support to Doctoral Schools that organize doctoral programs in a field of study or in interdisciplinary fields. Each Doctoral School is run by the Doctoral School Council.

Our Doctoral Schools are:

  •  Doctoral School of Humanities, fields of research: Philology and History;
  •  Doctoral School of Applied Sciences, fields of research: Biology and Civil Engineering;
  •  Doctoral School of Medicine, fields of research: Medicine and Dentistry;
  •  Doctoral School of Theology, field of research: Orthodox Theology.
  •  Doctoral School of Mathematics, field of research: Mathematics

 

      The duration of a doctoral studies programs usually of three years, exception being made by the doctoral studies program in the field of medicine, which lasts for four years. The duration is counted from the date of enrollment to the date of the public defense of the thesis.

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     Doctoral studies are organized on the basis of a contract between the doctoral student, the doctoral supervisor, the Doctoral School, and UOC. The contract establishes the rights and obligations of the doctoral student, the doctoral supervisor and, through the respective doctoral school, of “Ovidius” University. The contract also includes an appendix containing the individual research plan for the doctoral studies.

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     The financial sources of the doctoral programs are: state subsidized seats, private tuition fee, sources from research grants.

     The amount of the annual tuition fee for each doctoral field for the non-subsidized seats and the thesis defense fee are proposed by the doctoral schools’ councils, approved by the Management Board of UOC (hereafter CA) and validated by the University Senate before being made public on the university web-site.

Doctoral Supervisors

     Doctoral supervision is granted by the Ministry of Education for the academic staff who have obtained the habilitation right at Ovidius University or at any other university, and it has been approved by the National Council for Attesting Titles, Diplomas and Certificates (CNATDCU), on the basis of teaching and research evaluation and of national and international recognition.

     A doctoral supervisor may supervise doctoral research in the field in which he/she obtained the right to coordinate theses.

     A doctoral supervisor must be affiliated at one of the doctoral schools of UOC. The supervisor should have been granted this status either according to the National Education Law no. 1/2011 (hereafter LEN 1/2011) or prior to it, according to Art. 166 of LEN 1/2011.

 

Regulations

     Doctoral studies are organized at UOC as the third component of the three-cycle higher education system (according to the Bologna education process), as advanced research, and regulated by the set of rules concerning the organization and development of doctoral studies in accordance with LEN 1/2011 and the Code of Doctoral Studies (GD 681/2011). The set of rules is approved by both CSUD and the University Senate.

     Doctoral studies are the highest degree of academic studies, whose aim is to broaden knowledge through individual research. Through doctoral studies the student reaches level 8 in the European Qualification Framework (EQF) and the National Qualification Framework.

     Doctoral studies in Romania are of two kinds: scientific and vocational.

-  Scientific doctoral studies are based on advanced research and creativity contributing to the advancement of knowledge and to the development of cognitive skills. Based on scientific methods, scientific doctoral studies aim at producing new knowledge with national and international relevance. The doctoral diploma obtained is a prerequisite for careers in higher education and research.

- Vocational doctoral studies aim at producing highly original approaches, based on scientific methods and systematic reflection, to artistic creations or to sports performances at national and international level, in the arts and sports. The doctoral diploma obtained is a prerequisite for careers in higher education and research in the fields of arts and sports.

      Ovidius University have scientific doctoral studies.

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      The doctoral studies program, planned for three or four years, is divided into academic semesters, as follows:

• a) Year 1: a training program based on advanced academic studies, organized by each Doctoral School, according to its expertise and research fields, and consisting of activities varying from highly specialized courses, seminars, laboratory research and the like. These activities run for 12 weeks (14 in the medical fields). Year 1 cannot be extended or discontinued.

• b) Years 2, 3 (4):  Individual research work in the fields of science done under the coordination of the supervisor. Individual programs are planned for the entire remaining period of doctoral studies.

     The two components of the doctoral studies program:

  • the advanced training program and
  • the individual research program are mandatory for the completion of doctoral studies by the doctoral student.

     Doctoral studies are completed with the public defense of an original research thesis, called doctoral thesis, which is the result of the research activity / artistic creation carried out by the doctoral student, during the doctoral studies program. The thesis must meet the format and content requirements set by the university’s regulations.

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     For health or other solid reasons the doctoral program can be extended for another 1 or 2 years if the student obtains the approval of the supervisor, of the Doctoral School Council and the University Senate. Any extension for a state-subsidized student interrupts the subsidy, the student having to pay for the extension period.

 

     Doctoral studies may be discontinued for solid reasons with the approval of the supervisor and the Doctoral School Council. The duration of the program is extended to include the period/periods of discontinuation the student has benefitted from.

 

     The extension referred to in section 1, or the discontinuation and extension referred to in section 2, will be described in amendments attached to doctoral studies contract.

 
     If the doctoral student fails to complete the thesis within the deadline set by the doctoral studies contract or by any annex to the contract, he/she can obtain, upon request, an extension up to 2 years to hand in and defend the thesis. Failure to finish the thesis and defend it after the granted extension leads to expulsion.

 

     During the granted period mentioned above the doctoral student may not receive any scholarship or financial support from doctoral grants.

 

Admission

 

      Admission to the doctoral studies programs is based on an exam organized by each doctoral school in the research fields mentioned above. Each doctoral school/doctoral supervisor has both subsidized and non-subsidized seats open for the entrance examination and occupied according to the candidates’ individual results.


     The prospective doctoral student has to pay a registration fee that may differ for each school and an enrollment fee upon registration as doctoral student.

     Students whose parents belong to the university teaching staff are waived the registration fees.


     University graduates and postgraduates (holding a master's degree or the equivalent) are eligible for admission in the doctoral school and for participation in the entrance exam. The university diploma held by students who graduated before the implementation of the 3-cycle higher education system is accepted and considered to cover the equivalent of the graduate degree, which became compulsory after the implementation of the 3-cycle system.


     Attendance in the doctoral studies programs are of two kinds:

• full-time attendance;

• part-time attendance.


 Upon registration the student must have the following documents:

In regards to your intention of applying to our university, please be advised that we you will firstly have to contact the Department of PhD studies at Această adresă de email este protejată contra spambots. Trebuie să activați JavaScript pentru a o vedea., in order to get in contact with one of our PhD coordinators for Doctoral School.

Afterwards you will have to follow the bellow presented steps (all files will be submitted on-line to the Department for Foreign Students):

Candidates will need a scanner or high quality photo device (phone, camera, tablet) in order to upload the requested documents. Attention, all uploaded documents must be legible (easy to read, use capital letters!).

In order to apply for PhD studies, candidates must attach the documents mentioned in the list below:

  • Copy and notarized Romanian translation of the master degree diploma or, for 2021 graduates, copy and notarized translation of the master degree certificate which contains the same grades and information that are to be included in the final master degree diploma, certified by the relevant authority of the issuing country (please see below the Very Important info)
  • Copy and notarized Romanian translation of the master degree transcript
  • Copy and notarized Romanian translation of the bachelor degree diploma certified by the relevant authority of the issuing country (please see below the Very Important info)
  • Copy and notarized Romanian translation of the bachelor degree transcript
  • Copy and notarized Romanian translation of the high school diploma or equivalent diploma certified by the relevant authority of the issuing country (please see below the Very Important info)
  • Copy and notarized Romanian translation of the high school transcript for all years of high school
  • Copy and notarized Romanian translation of the birth certificate
  • Copy and notarized Romanian translation of the marriage certificate (for married candidates who have changed their names after marriage) or any other document certifying a name change
  • A certificate of competence in a largely-circulated foreign language, issued by the Department of foreign languages of UOC, no earlier than two years prior to the admission examination (except for the candidates who have graduated a in a foreign language, clearly mentioned on the graduation diploma, or who have obtained an internationally recognized certificate of competence in a foreign language B2 level, at least (http://en.univ-ovidius.ro/academics/doctoral-programmes)/Romanian language proficiency certificate issued by Romanian institutions recognized by the Romanian Ministry of Education and Research with minimum accepted level B1 or Romanian Language Preparatory Year Diploma
  • Copy and notarized Romanian translation of the medical certificate stating that the candidate is medically fit for the domain or study program which he is applying for as well as medical history COVID 19 related
  • Passport size photo
  • Copy of passport (pages 1-4)
  • Copy and notarized Romanian translation of a document stating the candidate’s address outside Romania (driver’s license, id, etc.)
  • Curriculum vitae and alist of articles/publications (if any) by the candidate
  • Application forms for the ministry of education – Annex 2A (Application for the issuance of letter of acceptance to studies)
  • Annex 3 (Statutory Declaration )
  • Annex 4 (Declaration regarding the documents submitted to the candidate’s file)
  • General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) form
  • Annex 5 (own liability statement regarding the information and documents submitted by the candidate)
  • Application Letter for the Doctoral Supervisor’s provisional agreement
  • Own liability statement that the participant has respected the isolation / quarantine measures and did not take close contact with anyone confirmed with SARS-CoV2 within the last 14 days

***all application forms mentioned above will be printed by candidates, filled in using capital letters, signed and sent to the admission e-mail address.

  • Proof of file processing fee 100 euro and application fee 150 euro (the fee shall be paid at BCR bank and the invoice shall be scanned and sent to the admission e-mail address.)

Bank details:

Bank – BANCA COMERCIALĂ ROMÂNĂ (BCR)

IBAN number – RO49RNCB0114032053160011

Beneficiary – UNIVERSITATEA OVIDIUS

Fiscal code – 4301332

Explanation – candidate’s full name, type of fee (file processing and application fee for the 2020 admission session – Doctoral School of ___________)

VERY IMPORTANT

N.B. Before submitting the documents to the admission e-mail address, the candidate must first obtain the following stamps on all original diplomas as well as all original transcripts (as requested by the Romanian Ministry of Educationhttps://www.cnred.edu.ro/):

HAGUE APOSTIL (by the competent authorities in the issuing country). Study documents issued by Greece, Spain, Portugal and Cyprus, will hold the Hague Apostil, the rest of the EU member states being exempted.

For the states that are NOT a part of the Hague Convention, study documents must be accompanied by an authenticity statement issued by the competent authorities in the issuing country or

  • Authentification made by the Ministry of External Affairs in the issuing country, Romanian Embassy or Consular Office in the issuing country & Ministry of External Affairs in Romania
  • Authentification made by the Ministry of External Affairs in the issuing country, Embassy / Consular Office of the country in Romania & Ministry of External Affairs in Romania
  • For countries where there is no Romanian Embassy/Consular Office nor do they have an Embassy/Consular Office in Romania the study documents shall hold the stamp of the Ministry of Education & External Affairs in the issuing country.
  • Exemption from authentication is allowed in accordance with the law, based on an international treaty that Romania is a part of, or based on reciprocity. Please revise the below link: (https://cnred.edu.ro/ro/lista-statelor-pentru-care-se-solicită-apostilarea-sau-supralegalizarea)
  • Diplomas issued by Moldova do not need any authentication. Diplomas issued before 2008 as well as diplomas that cannot be verified through the official portal, will have to be accompanied by an original authenticity statement issued by the Ministry of Education of Moldova.

FINAL STEP – REGISTRATION

  • After the lists of admitted candidates are posted on the website, candidates have to inform the university via e-mail, regarding the decision to enroll and have to pay registration fee plus a minimum of 40% (in accordance with the requirements of each school) of the tuition fee in the following bank account:
  • The registration as well as the tuition fee shall be paid after the lists of admitted candidates are posted on the website.

Bank details:

Bank – BANCA COMERCIALĂ ROMÂNĂ (BCR)

IBAN number – RO49RNCB0114032053160011

Beneficiary – UNIVERSITATEA OVIDIUS

Fiscal code – 4301332

Explanation – candidate’s full name, type of fee (registration and tuition fee for the 2021 admission session – Doctoral School of ___

  • The Study Contract shall be signed at your arrival in Romania;
  • All original documents (original school documents and original authorized translations) are compulsory and will be submitted to the secretary office of the chosen faculty at enrollment;
  • In case of proven forgery, all rights granted through admission shall be lost and all payments towards the University are non refundable.

 

Entrance exam

 

     The admission to UOC’s doctoral studies is based on an exam held between September 9-14, 2021, consisting of an interview during which the candidate presents his/her research proposal, demonstrates his/her ability for research and knowledge of the particular field he/she has chosen the topic from. The research topics are posted on the website for each doctoral school. The only exception to the rule is the Doctoral School of Theology for which the candidate has to pass a written test and an oral examination.

 

      The examination board consists of the doctoral supervisor, whom the candidate has opted for before the exam, and of at least 2 other doctoral supervisors/researchers in the respective Doctoral School, whose academic position should be Professor / Associate-Professor, or equivalent in a Research Institute. The chair of the board is the doctoral supervisor, the candidate has opted for prior to examination.

 

     Candidates who obtain a grade equal to or higher than 8.00 are admitted according to the number of seats the doctoral supervisor has solicited, in the descending order of the admission grade results.

 

      Candidates with equal grades, placed last on the admission list, are admitted for the remaining seats according to delimitation criteria set up by the doctoral school and made public three months prior to the examination date.

 

      The admitted candidate who fails to enroll during the five-day period following admission loses the obtained seat which is occupied by the next candidate ranked in the descending order of the admission grade results list.

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      After completing the enrollment procedure and signing the doctoral studies contract, the student acquires the status of doctoral student for the entire period of studies. Doctoral students may be affiliated at the university and obtain the position of research assistants or academic assistants, for the period of doctoral studies.

      A doctoral student and a doctoral supervisor can preserve the respective status for only one doctoral school of UOC.

The doctoral thesis


     The doctoral student who has completed doctoral studies in the doctoral school and has received the acceptance report from the doctoral supervisor and the advisory board, may submit the thesis and may request its public defense at the Secretary’s office of the Institute for Doctoral Studies (ISD) of UOC.


      The public defense of the thesis takes place in the presence of the doctoral board, whose members are approved by the Senate of UOC.

 

      The PhD, ScD or MD title will be confirmed by the Ministry of Education, after the thesis and the whole defense process are validated by the National Council for Title Validation (CNATDCU) of the Ministry of Education through a confirmation order signed by the Minister of Education.

 

     The PhD, ScD or MD diploma is issued by the UOC within 2 months after the reception of the Minister’s Confirmation Order.