|Type of study programme||Doctoral degree|
|Degree||Doctor of Biology|
|Licence/accreditation||Study direction accredited until 30-Jun-2023|
|Duration||3 years (full time), 4 years (part-time)|
|Credit points||144 (ECTS: 216)|
|Study language||Latvian and English (LV-EN)|
|Study arrangements||International students study in English and Latvian according to an individual plan.|
|Fees||2134 (EU/EEA/Swiss citizens and EU long term residents) or 6500 EUR (Other countries citizens) per year - full-time
2134 (EU/EEA/Swiss citizens and EU long term residents) or 5000 EUR (Other countries citizens) per year - part-time (2020/21)
|Study programme description||The doctoral study programme research-based training in major fields of Biology: Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Botany, Cell Biology, Genetics, Ecology, Human and Animal Physiology, Hydrobiology, Microbiology, Molecular Biology and Zoology.
The core part of the programme is a research project under the supervision of experienced academicians. Acquisition of transferable and academic teaching skills
is required; three theoretical examinations have to be passed: field, specialization and language. The degree is awarded on the basis of Doctoral Thesis, which are presented in an open seminar. The research results have to be published beforehand. The graduates have wide opportunities of academic and industrial employment.
|Study programme link||www.lu.lv/en/gribustudet/study/doctoral-study-programmes/study-programmes-for-international-students/biology/
|Requirements||Master’s Degree or equivalent in Life Sciences, Medicine or Chemistry|
The University of Latvia is the largest higher education institution in Latvia, and the richest in traditions. The University offers more than 150 state-accredited academic and professional study programmes: you can obtain an academic bachelor’s or master’s degree in humanities, pedagogy, social sciences, sciences, and health sciences. The UL also offers professional qualifications or bachelor’s or master’s degree, including MD, qualifications of doctor, teacher, social worker, economist, translator/interpreter etc.
Doctoral study programmes offer a degree in biology, economics, computer science, demography, pharmacy, philology, philosophy, physics, geography, geology, engineering, law, chemistry, communication studies, medicine, mathematics, pedagogy, politics, psychology, sociology, theology and religious studies, management, linguistics, history, and environmental science.
At UL, research is conducted in over 50 research fields which represent 4 main areas of enquiry: the humanities, sciences, social sciences, and education sciences.
Population in the city of Riga: 632 614
Total number of students: 15 250 (2019/20)
Number of International students: 638 (2019/20)
Number of academic staff: 1182 (2019/20)
Accommodation possibilities and costs: The University of Latvia offers university dormitories for all international students. International students are housed in single, double or triple rooms with a common kitchen for every 5 rooms. Linen, blankets and pillows are provided as well as some kitchen utensils. The costs start at 100 EUR per month (more information here).
If you do not wish to stay at a dormitory, it is advisable to make private housing arrangements beforehand.