Doctoral programme in Natural Science (Geology)

Degree to be achieved: Doctoral Degree of Science Doctor of Science (Ph.D.) in Natural Sciences
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 programme 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 - 6402 EUR per Year

Short Program description

Doctoral study program in geology is serving courses in three major fields in geology – Bedrock geology, Quaternary geology and Geomorphology, and Applied geology. Study program n based on integrated approach to reach the general aim of the Curriculum - to raise the level of doctoral learning and skills to expected of specialty professionals and recognised in the international research area. The principal components of quality research-based education are state-of-the-art knowledge in their specializations, research skills, a comprehensive scientific worldview and competence in development work, management and teaching. Doctoral students are prepared for employment as teaching or research staff members of the University or other research institutions, or highly qualified specialists in non-academic establishments.

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 in Nature or Earth Sciences or other equivalent qualification.

English language proficiency.

As a part of the admission process applicants will be asked to participate in an online interview.

Autumn Intake (application start: 02 Jan 2023; studies start in Sept 2023)


Contact persons for more information about the programme:

Programme director
Dr.ģeol. Ervīns Lukševičs

Programme secretary
Dr.ģeol. Māris Krievāns