The organisation of doctoral-level studies
Only one type of scientific degree is awarded – the doctoral degree (doktora grāds). The doctoral degree is awarded to a person who has successfully passed the examinations in the chosen field of research and who has elaborated under the guidance of an experienced research advisor and publicly defended a doctoral thesis. The thesis contains the results of original research and new insights into the respective branch of science. It may be elaborated within the period of 3-4 years within the framework of doctoral studies in an HEI or after carrying out an appropriate amount of independent research. The doctoral thesis can be a dissertation, a set of anonymously reviewed thematically united publications or a monograph.
The doctoral degree is awarded by the Doctoral Council. The awarding of a doctoral degree is supervised by the National Commission for Scientific Qualification.
Universities offer doctoral-level programmes. Doctoral candidates are affiliated to faculties / institutes. Doctoral candidates have to follow compulsory courses and are systematically assigned a supervisor. The supervisor provides support and advice to doctoral candidate regarding research issues and methodology.
The average length of a doctoral programme is three years.
Potential doctoral candidates can find further information on the organisation of doctoral-level programmes on the National Database of Education Possibilities website.
The websites of higher education institutions also contain information.