Doctoral programme in Natural Sciences (Biology)

Degree to be achieved: Doctor of science (PhD) in Biology
Standard period of study: 3 years
Type of studies: Full time
Amount of credits: 144 credit points or 216 ECTS
European Qualifications Framework (EQF) level: Level 8
International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED) level: Level 8
Language of instruction: Latvian and English
Study program is licensed, will be accredited within two years (according to national legislation)

Tuition fee:

EU/EEA/Swiss citizens and their family members; Long Term Resident EU - 2800 EUR per Year
Other сountry citizens - 6500 EUR per Year

Approval of tuition fees for the year 2023/2024 is in process.

Short Program description

Program provides 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 program is a research project under 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 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.

ERASMUS+ exchange possibilities

UL full-time students, regardless of their citizenship, have the opportunity to apply for the ERASMUS + exchange program for studies or/and traineeship.  

More information:

ERASMUS + study mobility 
ERASMUS + traineeship moblity  

Admission requirements

Master’s Degree or equivalent in Life Sciences, Medicine or Chemistry

English language proficiency.

Autumn Intake (application start: 3 Jan 2023; studies start in Sept 2023)

Full-time

Contact persons for more information about the programme:

Programme director
Dr.h.biol. Indriķis Muižnieks
Indrikis.Muiznieks@lu.lv

Programme secretary
Daina Eze
daina.eze@lu.lv