About PhD programme

The Purpose of Doctoral Studies

The purpose of the doctoral programme is to educate students who could make essential contributions in the relevant fields through rigorous academic research that influences practice. Research conducted to obtain a doctoral degree is the highest level of research in academia. Our doctoral programme aims to produce researchers for universities, for employment in non-research industries, including government and the private sector. One widely acknowledged purpose of doctoral research is training students for academic positions. The doctoral degree qualifies the researcher to hold a university professorship or conduct research in academia. Doctoral research gives students the needed skills for developing hypotheses, testing theories by studying, observing or conducting experiments, and modifying those assumptions based on the data collected. While doctoral research is still primarily considered to be the path to academic and research positions, there is a growing interest from the private sector in seeking doctoral degree holders for jobs in non-academic and non-research environments. The secondary purpose of doctoral research is to teach candidates the scientific approach to conducting research, thereby preparing students for research careers beyond academia. The doctoral programme includes intensive training and coursework in research methodologies, recommendations for conducting qualitative research such as structured interviews, quantitative research such as surveys, statistical analysis, etc. These competences and research skills are useful outside of academia for solving relevant social and business problems.

Key Strengths of the Doctoral Programme

• PhD thesis supervisor from an international environment - international professors

• The best faculty and visiting professors from partner universities: RISEBA, BA, SSE Riga and Kaiserslautern University

• Flexible and comfortable course schedule for practising researchers • Individual approach and studies in small groups

• Diverse mix of students from various business and research fields.

Doctoral Programme in Details


Full-time studies – 3 years

Studies in Latvian are scheduled every second weekend

Studies in English are scheduled by modules three times per study year. Each Module lasts 8 – 10 days.

The exact dates are published on the web pages of both Universities and on the Joint Doctoral Programme web page www.jointphd.eu


Study language



Study courses and credits: year 1 and year 2

·       Theoretical Courses 40 CP (60 ECTS)


Study courses and credits: year 3

·         PhD thesis 80 CP (120 ECTS)

Research and teaching activities

During their study years doctorate students should participate in:

·         Teaching activity

·         International scientific conferences, seminars, etc. are strongly recommended

·         Research papers published in research journals are highly appreciated for doctoral students   

Programme fee


For EU residents 11550 EUR (3850 EUR per year)

For Non-EU residents 12705 EUR (4235 EUR per year)


9570 EUR (3190 EUR per year)


Doctoral programme tasks  

- Training in theoretical study courses

- Research plan development and implementation

- Discussion of research results, including participation at scientific conferences and seminars

- PhD thesis development and defence.