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Programme Fact File

Study direction:
Information and Communication Science
Doctor's study programme
accredited until
Degree conferred:
Doctoral degree (PhD) in Media and Communication
Language: Latvian, English
Credit points/ECTS: 120/180
Study location: Rīga
3 years
16 paid
2300 EUR/year

For studies in English, the cost is 3,500 EUR per year.

The aim of the programme is to enable multimedia research in Latvia and to take part in international academic and applied research in this field, to develop a methodologically sound basis in the field of communication culture research, supporting the research of social communication of Eastern European societies. The programme contributes to a wider understanding of the concept of culture in Latvian studies, analysing the practice of the development, dissemination, and interpretation of various forms of communication.

Purpose of the Programme

The purpose of the doctoral study programme is to provide doctoral students with the opportunity to study the curriculum and obtain a doctor’s degree in communication science with the corresponding professional, academic, and practical skills.

To develop the following skills of doctoral students during studies:

  • to conduct significant original scientific research using modern methods of empirical data collection and processing;
  • to collect and interpret the results obtained using classical and modern theoretical paradigms;
  • to present research results in conference papers and scientific publications.

Programme contents

Compulsory scientific research part

Doctoral student’s independent original scientific research, participation in conferences, preparation of publications, and publishing thereof. The doctoral student conducts scientific research work in co-operation with and under the supervision of the doctoral thesis supervisor.

Compulsory educational part
  • Methodology Basics in Scientific Work
  • Quantitative Research Methodology
  • Qualitative Research Methodology
  • Doctoral student seminars
  • Doctoral exam in the study specialty
  • Doctoral exam in a foreign language
  • Dissemination of knowledge
Free elective part (three study courses must be selected)
  • Multimodal Messages
  • Communication Psychology
  • Network Societies
  • Static Image
  • Communication Ethics
  • Communication Rights
  • Public Intelligence Communication
  • Media Audiences
  • Anthropology of Communication Practices
  • Guest lecturer’s course
  • Courses in other RSU programmes

Prof. Sergejs Kruks

“To improve communication”, “to promote belonging to the cultural space”, “to develop public communication with people in the Internet environment”, “to improve media literacy” – in policy documents, these words serve as universal means of problem solving.
Our doctoral students are looking for causal links between communication, culture, politics, economics, and medicine in their doctoral theses. But communication science is not just related to politics – it is also a game, recreation, emotions. We invite new doctoral students to broaden the field of communication research by analysing computer games, communication in social media, theatre semiotics, as well as daily communication practices and the culture of different socio-demographic groups. A new research resource – Debate Corpus of the Saeima developed by the RSU Faculty of Communication and the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory of the University of Latvia – is available for public communication and political discourse research. At the moment, we are also creating a corpus of sessions of the interwar Saeima of the Republic of Latvia, and you will be able to participate in this work by studying the historical discourse.

Prof. Sergejs Kruks, Director of the study programme

Head of Programme

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