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Admission procedure

At Transilvania University of Brașov, candidates for doctoral studies are admitted through competition, in compliance with the provisions of the National Education Law no. 1/2011, with subsequent amendments, HG no. 681/2011 upon the endorsement of the Code of Doctoral Studies, with subsequent amendments, and respectively OMENCS 6102/2016 for the endorsement of the Framework Methodology on the organization of the admission to the Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD study cycles.

The application brief for the admission competition is submitted personally by the candidates, who have to present their identity card / passport, or by a person empowered for this purpose by means of a power of attorney (authenticated by a notary). The documents required for registration are specified below.

Applications can be submitted during the period 3rd-19th of September 2019, on working days, between 10:00-15:00, at the secretariat of the Interdisciplinary Doctoral School - SDI (rooms 206-207, 2nd floor, Rector’s Office Building, No. 29, Eroilor Avenue).

The competition for admission to PhD studies will take place during the period 23th-26th of September 2019.

The preliminary results of the competition will be posted on the SDI website on the 28th of September 2019 .

Any possible appeals can be submitted on the 29th of September 2019 (between 9:00 - 13:00, at the secretariat of SDI).

The final results (final lists after settling the appeals) are posted on the 30th of September 2019. 

The admitted candidates will be enrolled (starting with the 1st October 2019) after signing the Doctoral Study Contracts on the 29th - 30th of September 2019.

Eligible candidates

In the competition for admission to doctoral studies, the following have the right to participate:

  • • graduates with a Master’s Degree diploma, from the Master’s Degree cycle of academic studies, organized under Law no. 288/2004, with subsequent amendments;
  • • graduates with a Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent diploma from the long-term academic studies organized under Law nr. 84/1995, republished, with subsequent amendments;
  • • graduates from the studies completed abroad and recognized by the specialized department within the Ministry of National Education, as at least Master’s Degree studies.

The total cumulative duration of the Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree cycle of studies (for studies according to the Bologna system) must cumulatively provide at least 300 transferable credits (ECTS).

At Transilvania University of Brașov, only the candidates who have obtained the average of the undergraduate years of at least 7 (seven) and the average of the graduate studies of at least 7 (seven), can register for the competition of admission to PhD.

Only the candidates who have obtained the average of graduation from the Bachelor’s Degree cycle minimum 8,50 (the arithmetic average between the average of the undergraduate study years and the average of the Bachelor’s Degree examination) are eligible for budgeted places.

In the competition for admission to doctoral studies, the following can also participate:

  • • citizens of the Member States of the European Union, of the States belonging to the European Economic Area and of the Swiss Confederation, under the same conditions stipulated by the law for Romanian citizens, including in terms of tuition fees. The recognition of the studies they have completed abroad will be done by the specialized department within the relevant ministry (https://cnred.edu.ro/ro/studii-universitare), prior to the candidates’ registration for the admission competition, each candidate being required to submit the certificate of recognition of the studies, upon his/her registration for the admission competition. The procedure may be initiated either by UTBv, or personally, by the candidate. The candidates shall consider the resolution time of 30 days.
  • • Citizens of EU third States, on places for tuition fee (CPV) according to the applicable regulations and to the guidelines elaborated by SDI (http://old.unitbv.ro/doctoraten/Admission.aspx.

Documents Required for Registration

With a view to applying for the competition of admission to PhD, the candidates shall access the online admission platform for pre-application and shall subsequently submit, to the secretariat of SDI, the following documents:

  • 1. Application form and application sheet (standard forms) available at the secretariat of SDI or on the website of SDI (Appendix 1 and Appendix 2);
  • 2. The certificate of language proficiency for an international language – photocopy (At Transilvania University of Brașov, this certificate may be obtained through a language proficiency exam taken at the centre for Modern Languages http://cilm.ro/. The candidates who are citizens of a country in which the official language is international and the candidates who graduated from a Bachelor’s Degree or Master’s Degree in an international language, including the graduates from the Bachelor’s Degree study programmes in the fields Language and Literature and Applied Modern Languages) are exempt from taking the language proficiency exam;
  • 3. identity card – photocopy;
  • 4. birth certificate – either an exemplification or a copy of the original made and authenticated at SDI;
  • 5. marriage certificate or another document of change of name (where applicable) – either an exemplification or a copy of the original made and authenticated at SDI;
  • 6. Baccalaureate diploma – either an exemplification or a copy of the original made and authenticated at SDI;
  • 7. Bachelor’s Degree diploma or equivalent, and Transcript of records * – either exemplifications or copies of the original made and authenticated at SDI;
  • 8. Master’s Degree diploma and Transcript of records** (where applicable) – either exemplifications or copies of the original made and authenticated at SDI;

*,** By way of exception, the candidates who passed the Bachelor’s Degree examination (integrated study programmes) or the dissertation in the sessions corresponding to the academic year 2018-2019, may submit, when applying (instead of the diplomas) the certificates issued by the higher education institutions they graduated from. These documents must include the average of the undergraduate study years and the average of the Bachelor’s degree exam/dissertation.

  • 9. curriculum vitae – assumed by the candidate through signature;
  • 10. list of elaborated /published scientific papers (where applicable) – assumed by the candidate through signature;
  • 11. payment receipt of the fee afferent to the application for the admission competition, in the amount endorsed by the University Senate.

The fee afferent to the application for the admission competition shall be paid at the University Cashier (Rector’s Office Building, 2nd floor), on workdays, between 8-10 and 13-14. Alternatively, the application fee can be paid by bank transfer, including by online payment facilities, provided documentary evidence is presented upon application. The payment details by bank transfer are posted on the website of SDI (http://old.unitbv.ro/doctorat/Programedoctorat/Platataxascolarizare.aspx).

The children of the University teaching staff and auxiliary teaching staff, either active or retired, are exempt from paying the application fee, based on documentary evidence. The University’s employees shall pay half of the fee and shall submit an employee certificate. The same discount is applicable for the children of the University employees (other than teaching staff and auxiliary teaching staff), who can submit their parent’s employee certificate.

Places in the Competition

The admission to PhD in Transilvania University of Brașov is done on places financed from the State budget (without the payment of the tuition fees) and places for a fee (with the payment of the tuition fee), for the following forms of education:

  • full-time with scholarship (budget) - CFB;
  • full-time without scholarship (budget) – CFFB;
  • part-time without scholarship (budget) – FRB;
  • full-time for a fee – (CFT);
  • part-time for a fee – (FRT);

Number of places financed from State budget (study grants) and number of PhD scholarships 

Total number of places financed from the State budget (study grants): 60  (out of which 5 places are allocated to the programmes that support the smart specializations in Romania*, defined by the National Strategy for Research, Development and Innovation 2014-2020), distributed by categories, as follows:

  • full-time studies with scholarship (budget) – CFB: 30 places;
  • full-time studies without scholarship (budget) – CFFB + part-time studies without scholarship (budget) – FRB: 30 places

*The National Strategy for Research, Development and Innovation 2014-2020 defines the areas for smart specialisations in RO: Bioeconomy, ICTs, Security and Space, Energy, Environment and Climate Change, Eco-Nano-Technologies and Advanced Materials; Health

Number of places for a fee (full-time or part-time), according to the University Senate’s decision: 60.

Actual competition

The competition for admission to PhD takes the form of a specialized exam (one or more tests specific to the doctoral field). The thematic scope and, where appropriate, the themes for the PhD admission competition and the bibliography for the examination are established and communicated by the doctoral supervisors until the 20th of July 2018. This information is transmitted to SDI in electronic format (Romanian and English or other international language, where applicable) with a view to its being centralized and posted on the website of SDI and is displayed in print format on the notice boards of the teaching departments in which the PhD supervisors work).

The specialized exam is organized for each doctoral theme (indicated by the candidate in the application form and sheet) and is taken in front of an admission committee. The admission committee consists of the PhD supervisor, in his/her capacity as a President, and other 3 members, PhD supervisors or specialists in the field with the scientific title of PhD. The committees are made up for each doctoral field in part, by the PhD supervisors’ filling a sheet. The sheets with the proposals for commissions are centralized at the teaching departments in which the PhD supervisors act, are endorsed by the Director of department are submitted to SDI for endorsement, in accordance with the admission calendar.

At the specialized exam, each member of the Committee assesses with grades from 1 to 10 the candidate’s level of knowledge (based on the literature) of the issues of the respective specialization, the candidate’s level of knowledge about the theme of the doctoral thesis and respectively the candidate’s capacity to assume theoretical, experimental and methodological initiatives on the proposed theme. The method of evaluation, by one or several tests of the specialized knowledge, as well as their specificity depending on the doctoral field, will be published on the website of SDI and of the faculties.

In the case of candidates who have a Bachelor’s Degree diploma obtained in a branch of science different from the one in which the PhD studies are to be conducted, the admission committee verifies the extent to which the specialized knowledge allows the doctoral training activity, as well as whether the candidate’s preoccupations justify the orientation towards the new branch of science chosen.

With a view to carrying out the specialized exam, the applying candidates’ files are taken, under signature, by the PhD supervisors / an empowered delegate from the department where the exam takes place. The result of the specialized exam is recorded in some minutes (according to the template provided by SDI), which, together with each candidate’s application file, is submitted to SDI on the day of the competition or on the next day.

The candidates who come from other countries may take the specialized exam in video-conference system, with the approval of the admission committee.

The average of admission to PhD is obtained as an arithmetic mean between:

  • a) the average obtained at the specialized exam (the arithmetic mean of the grades given by admission committee members);
  • b) the average obtained at the dissertation examination (where applicable);
  • c) the average obtained at the Bachelor’s Degree examination.

The admission average is the criterion for the candidates’ admission and ranking, in view of the allocation of the places open for competition (both financed from the budget and for a fee) and of the scholarships for doctoral studies, according to the specific criteria. The candidates who obtain an average lower than 8 (eight) at the specialized exam, are declared failed.

Allocation of doctoral places & scholarships

I. Allocation of places financed from the State budget

The candidates eligible for places financed from the State budget (budgeted), who obtained at least the average 8 (eight) at the specialized exam, are ranked according to the doctoral supervisors, in descending order of the admission average. The candidates with an equal average are ranked in descending order of the average of the undergraduate study years.

Criteria for allocating the budgeted places

Criterion I.1. The PhD supervisors who have eligible candidates, are eligible for one (1) budgeted place, provided they fulfil the minimal habilitation standards specific to the field in which they have the right to supervise PhD, applicable at the beginning of the PhD admission session 2018. The budgeted place will be allocated to the candidate ranked first for each eligible PhD supervisor.

Criterion I.2. In case the number of budgeted places is lower than the number of eligible PhD supervisors, with eligible candidates, according to the criterion I.1, the budgeted places are allocated based on a ranking according to the doctoral fields in IOSUD-UTBv (for the fields in which there are eligible PhD supervisors and eligible candidates), allocating one (1) budgeted place per doctoral field to the candidates ranked first in each field.

The budgeted places remained available after this first allocation will be distributed based on the eligible candidates’ ranking (from eligible PhD supervisors), depending on the PhD admission average (regardless of the doctoral field). In case of equal admission average, the budgeted place is allocated to the candidate with the highest average of the undergraduate years.

Criterion I.3. In case the number of budgeted places is higher than the number of those assigned by criterion I.1, the budgeted places remained unoccupied are distributed according to the following criteria, progressively applied, up to the budgeted places running out:

  • (i) one place for the eligible candidates ranking first at the PhD supervisors who do not fulfil the minimal habilitation standards;
  • (ii) one place for the eligible candidates ranking second at the full eligible PhD supervisors according to criterion I.1;
  • (iii) one place for the eligible candidates ranking second at the PhD supervisors who do not fulfil the minimal habilitation standards;

When attributing the places based on these criteria (i-iii successively applied) the candidates’ ranking based on the admission average is taken into account, and the budgeted places are attributed to the candidates in descending order of the admission averages. In case of equal admission average, the budgeted place is allocated to the candidate with the highest average of the undergraduate years.

In case the number of budgeted places is increased: the additional budgeted places are distributed according to the criteria I.1 - I.3; if there are no more candidates for the budgeted places, the places remained unoccupied are offered to the candidates who opted for places for a fee, descending order of the admission average.

II. Allocation of doctoral scholarships

The rankings of the candidates admitted on budgeted places are made according to the doctoral field in descending order of the admission average (for the fields to which budgeted places were allocated according to the criteria I). The candidates with equal admission average are ranked in descending order of the average of the undergraduate study years, and in case this average is also equal, the average of the specialized exam will be taken into account.

Criteria for allocating the scholarships:

Criterion II.1. The first ranked in every PhD field receives a scholarship from the State budget. In case of equal admission average, the budgeted place will be allocated to the candidate with the highest average of the undergraduate years, and in case this average is also equal, the candidates’ delineation is made according to the average of the specialized exam.

Criterion II.2. The unallocated scholarships are distributed to the candidates declared admitted on budgeted places, yet who have not received a scholarship after the application of criterion II.1, according to the ranking of the candidates ranked second for each PhD field where there are eligible candidates. If the number of scholarships to be allocated is lower than the number of doctoral fields, the allocation will be based on the candidates’ admission average. If scholarships remain unallocated after the second distribution, the ranking for the candidates ranked third for each doctoral field in which there are eligible candidates will be made, and so forth. In case of equal average, the scholarship is attributed to the candidate with the highest average during the undergraduate years, and in case this average is equal, the candidates’ delineation is made according to the average of the specialized exam.

The budgeted places without scholarship will be allocated to the candidates admitted on budgeted places, after the allocation of the scholarships.

In case the number of scholarships is increased, the Criterion II.2 applies.

III. Allocation of the places for a fee

In order to distribute the places for a fee, where the candidates’ number is higher than the number of available places established by the University Senate, the rankings of the candidates who opted (also) for places for a fee, are made according to the doctoral fields, in descending order of the admission average. The candidates with an equal average are ranked in descending order of the average of the undergraduate years.

Criterion III.1. The first ranked for each PhD field receives the place for a fee. In case of equal average, the place is attributed to the candidate with the highest average of the undergraduate years.

Criterion III.2. The places remained unallocated are distributed to the candidates remained in the competition after the application of criterion III.1. The distribution of the available places for a fee is made in descending order of the admission average (regardless of the PhD field). In case of equal average, the place is allocated to the candidate with the highest average during the undergraduate years.

Fees

The amount of the fees afferent to the application for the PHD admission competition, as well as of the tuition fees for the doctoral students admitted to the forms of PhD for a fee, for the academic year 2019-2020, in accordance with HS no. 30/14.02.2019:

FacultyRegistration fee (lei)Tuition fees (lei/year)
Faculty of Mechanical Engineering 200 3500
Faculty of Product Design and Environment 200 3500
Faculty of Technological Engineering and Industrial Management 200 3500
Faculty of Materials Science and Engineering 200 3500
Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science 200 3500
Faculty of Food and Tourism 200 3500
Faculty of Silviculture and Forest Engineering 200 3500
Faculty of Civil Engineering 200 3500
Faculty of Wood Engineering 200 3500
Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science 200 3500
Faculty of Economic Sciences and Business Administration 200 4500
Faculty of Letters 200 3500
Faculty of Medicine 250 6000
Faculty of Physical  Education and Mountain Sports 200 4500
Faculty of Music 200 6000