Doctoral Studies

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A Doctorate is the next step after the Master's degree (or what is generally considered the end of one’s studies) to increase one’s competitiveness in the job market. One improves one’s skills in the academic and research area and defends one’s thesis. It is possible that subsequently you might wish to pass on your knowledge further by joining the teaching staff at RSU.

Doctorate stories

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Currently there are more than 150 doctoral students at RSU. Full-time accredited doctoral study programmes in Medicine, Pharmacy, Sociology, Law, Political Science, Communication Culture & Multimedia, and Pschology are available.

RSU has joined Europe’s Doctorate Concept and the so-called Bologna Declaration, in which doctoral education has been mentioned as one of the main work priorities for Europe’s universities. 

The following accredited doctoral degree programmes are available for studies at RSU:

Study Programme

Head of Programme

ECTS

Length

Language

Accreditation Term

Medicine
Prof. Sandra Lejniece
180
3 yrs
Latvian 6 Jun 2019
Pharmacy
Assoc. Prof. Dace Bandere
180
3 yrs
Latvian

6 Jun 2019

Sociology
Asst. Prof. (acting) Anda Laķe
180
3 yrs
Latvian

6 Jun 2019

Law
Prof. Sandra Kaija
180
3 yrs
Latvian

6 Jun 2019

Political Science

Asst. Prof. Māris Andžāns

180 3 yrs Latvian, English

6 Jun 2019

Communication Culture & Multimedia

Prof. Sergejs Kruks

180 3 yrs Latvian, English

6 Jun 2019

Psychology

Prof. Kristīne Mārtinsone

180 3 yrs Latvian, English

2 Jun 2021

 

The goal of the programmes is to provide interested persons with doctoral study and research opportunities to acquire a PhD. The task of the programme is to prepare a new generation of scientists who would correspond to the requirements of the international standards for research and academic work, and to ensure a further support to the economy.

Doctoral studies are realised as full-time studies in the doctoral degree programme (3 years), in which doctoral students master theoretical courses, acquire practical skills and independently carry out their scientific work.

It is possible to obtain state scholarships, European Social Fund funding, or a Marie Curie scholarship for doctoral studies, as well as to attend other European universities, by taking part in the ERASMUS Student Exchange Programme.