A dissertation defence is the last formal step in which a scientific paper (thesis) is publicly defended before the dissertation manuscript is submitted and the doctoral degree is awarded.
Doctoral studies at Rīga Stradiņš University (RSU) are offered in scientific fields with doctoral programs that are accredited in accordance with the Cabinet of Ministers Regulations No.1000. RSU currently has ten Degree Committees entitled to award scientific degrees in medicine, sociology, psychology, law, political science, economics and entrepreneurship, and media and communications.
The Degree Committees award doctoral degrees for doctoral theses that have been independently developed and publicly defended under the supervision of an experienced researcher (professor, associate professor, assistant professor or leading researcher approved as the research supervisor in accordance with the procedure prescribed by RSU).
A Doctoral Degree is an award signifying scientific qualification in the Republic of Latvia – a doctoral degree in a branch of science. The procedure and criteria for the awarding a PhD degree are established by the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Latvia. The legal framework for degrees is the Law on Scientific Activity, the Law on Institutions of Higher Education, the Cabinet of Ministers Regulations No.1000 “On Delegation of the Right to Award Doctoral Scientific Degree to Universities and the Cabinet of Ministers Regulations No.1001 “On the Procedure of and Criteria for Awarding of Doctoral Scientific Degree”.
The Degree Committees operate in accordance with the regulatory enactments of the Republic of Latvia, RSU Constitution, RSU regulations on Degree Committees and other RSU internal regulations.
The Committees consist of scientists who have had the status of "expert" conferred upon them by the Latvian Council of Science in their respective field. Two of them must be experts in the relevant sub-sector of the scientific field in which the doctoral thesis is being defended.
Doctoral Degree Committees at RSU
- Clinical Medicine
- Basic Sciences of Medicine, including Pharmacy
- Medical Biotechnology
- Health and Sports Sciences
- Political Sciences
- Sociology and Social Work
- Legal Sciences
- Economics and Entrepreneurship
- Media and Communications
All decisions of the Degree Committees, except for the decision to award the degree, are taken by open vote with a simple majority of votes present. If votes are split evenly, the vote of the Committee chair is decisive.
The Committee acts pursuant to the regulation approved by the RSU Senate (approved by the RSU Senate on 16 May 2006 (Minutes No. 1-2/16.05.06) with amendments approved at the Senate meeting of 11 June 2013).