Doctoral Studies

Ph.D. Application and Admission


Calendar of Ph.D. Application and Admission

April 4 – September 22, 2022 Validation of the applications, registration, and admission of candidates.
Ph.D. candidate registration platform:
April 27, 2022
May 27, 2022
June 27, 2022
July 20, 2022
August 29, 2022
September 23, 2022
Validation of Ph.D. applications by the SD-AC secretariat.
Evaluation of Ph.D. applications by doctoral supervisors.
April 29, 2022
May 31, 2022
June 30, 2022
July 22, 2022
August 31, 2022
September 26, 2022
Results of evaluation and awarding the Admission or Rejection.
[April 2022 Results]
[May 2022 Results]
[June 2022 Results]
[July 2022 Results]
[August 2022 Results]
[September 2022 Results]
Matriculation of accepted candidates who have all required diplomas and studies documents.
September 27-28, 2022 Evaluation of the Ph.D. applications by the Admission Committee and allocation of ministry scholarships in descending order of the admission grades.
[Final list of admissions and scholarships]
September 28-30, 2022 Matriculation of the remaining accepted candidates
October 1, 2022 Start of the doctoral internship.

Legislation and admission regulations

The Doctoral School of Automatic Control and Computers (SD-AC) organizes the admission for doctoral studies on the basis of public competition according to the following regulations:

  • The methodology regarding the organization and development of the doctoral admission contest of the Organizing Institution of Doctoral University Studies IOSUD – UPB [link].
  • The rules of the Doctoral School of Automation and Computers [link].

The admissions to the doctoral study program are made within the limits of the places allocated annually by:

  • Ministry of Education for doctoral study programs under the financing regime from the state budget in the form of doctoral grants.
  • UPB, as the Organizing Institution of Doctoral University Studies, for the self-funded doctoral study programs, in which case the tuition is supported by the doctoral student. The tuition amounts are published here [link].

The doctoral contract concluded between the Ph.D. student and UPB has the following format (model): Romanian students [link] or foreign students [link].


Step 1: Validation and counseling

Candidates should initiate the completion of the admission application, as early as possible, for the proper conduct of the admission process using the platform, Doctorate 2022 section. To identify a Ph.D. supervisor to coordinate the doctoral program, in accordance with the desired research topics, please consult the dedicated section of the doctoral school website [link].

Step 2: Registration

The applications can be registered online, continuously, from April 4th to September 22nd using this platform: The applications must contain the following documents:

a) Application form (Annex 2) [download];

b) Curriculum vitae (Europass format [link] is recommended);

c) Publications list;

d) Copies in accordance with the original* (upon signing the doctoral study contract will bring the original documents):

  • graduation diplomas (bachelor’s, master’s);
  • diploma supplements (bachelor’s, master’s);
  • high school diploma (baccalaureate);
  • birth certificate;
  • marriage certificate or other name change documents (where applicable);

e) Proof of payment of the registration fee, which can also be paid online;

f) Copy of ID card;

g) Declaration testifying that the candidate has not previously benefited from a subsidized doctoral studies program (Annex 4) [download];

h) The Ph.D. Proposal in Romanian or English (Annex 5) [download];

i) A letter of recommendation from an expert in the field.

* Candidates who graduate from a master’s program in 2022 can register and participate in the admission competition, and after graduating from the master’s program, they must submit their study documents (diplomas and transcripts) to the competition’s Ph.D. application.

The value of the registration fee for the doctoral admission exam is 200 RON. For candidates registered during April-July 2022, the registration fee is 150 RON, except for candidates who have graduated from a UPB Master’s program, as in this case, the registration fee is 100 RON.

Step 3: Application and candidate evaluation

SD-AC permanently ensures the transparency of the selection and admission procedures, the evaluation criteria, and the standards imposed on the candidates. Equal opportunities, as well as non-discrimination of any kind, are naturally ensured.

The devised doctoral supervisor individually evaluates the candidate’s application, validating or invalidating it. An online interview can be organized with the Ph.D. supervisor on the Microsoft Teams platform (we recommend creating an account in advance, see [link]). During the interview, the candidate is expected to briefly present their academic and professional career and the most relevant research results. Moreover, the candidate will expose the topics and concerns of scientific research to be covered in the doctoral thesis, focusing on contributions and new solutions that will be investigated.

Following the evaluation, the candidate receives the grade Admitted or Rejected. If she/he is admitted, she/he is granted a place in the doctoral program within SD-AC.

Step 4: Scholarship allocation

Between September 27 and 28, the Admission Committee evaluates (offline) the applications of the candidates previously declared Admitted, to grant the ministry scholarships.

Candidates will be assessed in relation to the level of training and information in the field, the ability to highlight major research guidelines, the ability to formulate solutions (theoretical and experimental) for the research topic, and the ability to follow a doctoral program.

The quantitative evaluation criteria are presented in the Admission Methodology, article 5 (Annex 3) [link].

Step 5: Matriculation

The results of the admission competition are validated and displayed on the SD-AC admission page (see admission calendar).

All admitted candidates will matriculate online within 48 hours of the results being posted (subject to the presentation of proof of graduation from a master’s program (master’s degree or certificate of graduation, transcript)).

The matriculation consists in uploading to the admission platform the proof of payment of the registration fee in the amount of 50 RON. It is paid online, with all the necessary information being available on the platform.

All the candidates declared admitted will complete and sign the contract for doctoral studies until the beginning of the academic year 2022-2023.

For foreign candidates from EU and non-EU countries

Candidates for EU citizens are registered in accordance with:

For candidates who are nationals of non-EU countries entries must be made in accordance with:

Foreign students will follow the same procedures and the same flow of application validation and admission as Romanian citizens. They can apply for the admission competition starting in July 2022 after the validation of the registration documents.