|Type of study programme||Doctoral degree|
|Degree||Doctor of Geography|
|Licence/accreditation||Study direction accredited until 24-Apr-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 EUR (EU/EEA/Swiss citizens and permanent residence holders) or 6402 EUR (Other countries citizens) per year - full-time
2134 EUR (EU/EEA/Swiss citizens and permanent residence holders) or 5122 EUR (Other countries citizens) per year - part-time (2020/21)
|Study programme description||The doctoral programme in geography is the only study programme in Latvia which allows students to gain independent experience in research as well as an internationally comparable doctorate in geography. The aim of the doctoral programme in geography is to train highly qualified specialists who can engage in scholarly work and teach geography.
The degree is intended to be fully internationally comparable, allowing graduates to participate in and contribute to international debates and academic fora. The programme has four sub-fields — physical geography, human geography, environmental and regional geography, as well as applied geography and geomatics. The study programme allows each doctoral student to develop as an individual, taking into account the student’s interests, education, experience and achievements.
|Study programme link||www.lu.lv/en/gribustudet/study/doctoral-study-programmes/study-programmes-for-international-students/geography/
|Requirements||Master degree in Geography or Natural Sciences or a comparable degree. An application, a plan for the dissertation, a CV, and recommendations. Entrance examinations for full and part time students involve discussions that are organised by the Commission of the Admission at the University.|
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: 637 971
Total number of students: 15 200 (2018/19)
Number of International students: 538 (2018/19)
Number of academic staff: 1299 (2018/19)
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.