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The Doctoral Degree is the defense of a scientific work (thesis), following which a PhD degree is awarded.

Doctoral studies at Rīga Stradiņš University (RSU) are offered in the scientific fields where doctoral programs are accredited in accordance with the Cabinet of Ministers Regulations No.1000. RSU currently has five Degree Committees entitled to award scientific degrees in medicine, sociology, law and political science.

The doctoral degree is awarded by the Degree Committees for an independently developed and publicly defended doctoral thesis under the supervision of an experienced scientist (professor, associate professor, assistant professor or leading researcher approved as the research supervisor in accordance with the procedure prescribed by RSU).

Degree Committees

The Doctoral Degree is the award of the scientific qualification in the Republic of Latvia – a doctoral degree in a branch of science. The procedure and criteria for the awarding of a Ph.D 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”.

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 with the status of expert conferred by the Latvian Council of Science in the respective field of science and two of them – in the relevant sub-branch of the scientific field in which the doctoral thesis is defended.

RSU Doctoral Degree:

  • Medical Degree Committee
  • Pharmacy Degree Committee
  • Sociology Degree Committee
  • Legal Science Degree Committee
  • Political Science Degree Committee

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 similarly, the vote of the chairman of the Committee 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).