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A doctorate is the next step after a master's degree (or what is generally considered the end of your studies) and can increase your competitiveness in the job market. By studying in a doctoral programme, you improve your skills in the academic field and in research, and finish it by defending a thesis. It is possible that you might subsequently wish to pass on your knowledge by joining the teaching staff at RSU. Currently there are more than 200 doctoral students at RSU.

There are currently over 200 doctoral students at our university. All doctoral studies are full-time.

ProgrammeNumber of students
Management Science1
Political Science2

Study programmes and methods 

We offer full-time, accredited doctoral study programmes in Medicine, Pharmacy, Sociology, Law, Political Science, Communication Culture & Multimedia, and Pschology.

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 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 international standards for research and academic work, and to ensure a further support to the economy.

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

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


Study ProgrammeHead of ProgrammeECTSDurationLanguage
MedicineProf. Sandra Lejniece1803 yrsLatvian
PharmacyAssoc. Prof. Dace Bandere1803 yrsLatvian
SociologyAsst. Prof. (acting) Anda Laķe1803 yrsLatvian
LawProf. Sandra Kaija1803 yrsLatvian
Political ScienceAsst. Prof. Māris Andžāns1803 yrsLatvian, English
Communication Culture & MediaProf. Sergejs Kruks1803 yrsLatvian, English
PsychologyAssoc. Prof. Kristīne Mārtinsone1803 yrsLatvian, English

Regulations of the Department of Doctoral Studies
Academic Regulations for Doctoral Studies

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