The Institute of Doctoral Studies (ISD)


 “Ovidius” University Constanța(UOC) is an accredited institution of higher education that organizes PhD, ScD and MD studies, hereafter named IOSUD-UOC.

Doctoral studies are organized in the following research fields of the doctoral schools authorized to function: Philology, Theology, Biology, Medicine, Dentistry, History, Mathematics, The Science of Sport and Physical Education.

Doctoral Schools are:

  •  Doctoral School of Humanities;

Fields of research: Philology and History;

  •  Doctoral School of Applied Sciences;

Fields of research: Biology;

  •  Doctoral School of Medicine;

Fields of research: Medicine

  • Doctoral School of Theology;

Field of research: Orthodox Theology

  •  Doctoral School of Mathematics

Field of research: Mathematics

  • Doctoral School of Dentistry;

Fields of research Dentistry

  • Doctoral School of The Science of Sport and Physical Education

Fields of research The Science of Sport and Physical Education


The duration of a doctoral studies programis usually of four years, the duration is counted from the date of enrollment to the date of the public defense of the thesis. Attendance in the doctoral studies programs are full-time attendance.


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.

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


The doctoral studies program, planned for 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. Year 1 cannot be extended or discontinued.

• b) Years 2, 3, 4:  Individual research work in the fields of science or artistic creation/sports performance 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.


Doctoral Schools and Supervisors


Admission Guide



Period Activity

April 22 – July 19, 2024 (midnight Romanian time) Registration of candidates on the platform dedicated to international citizens (European and non-European)

April 22 – July 25, 2024 Evaluation of files, online verification, selection of eligible candidates and validation of files by the foreign students department


April 25 – July 29, 2024 Submission of eligible files to ME-CNRED for the issuance of the Certificate of Recognition of University Studies (for EU citizens)

July 29, 2024 Submission of eligible files to ME-DGRIAE for the issuance of the Letter of Acceptance to doctoral university studies (for non-EU citizens)


International citizens who hold either the Certificate of Recognition of University Studies (EU citizens) or the Letter of Acceptance to Doctoral University Studies (non-EU) can participate in the admission contest/competition in September.



Between September 14-18, 2024 you have to be in Romania for the admission contest for all Doctoral Schools.

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.

The admission to UOC’s doctoral studies is based on an exam held in September, 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.


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 candidate admitted and enrolled at the doctoral school becomes a doctoral student and maintains this status for the whole period of doctoral studies. Student enrollment is certified by the Rector within five days following admission.


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.



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 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 (USD) 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 (MENCS) 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.