Theology and Religious Studies

Degree to be achieved: Doctor of Science (PhD) in Philosophy, Ethics and Religion
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
Accreditation: Study program is licensed, it will be accredited within two years.

Tuition fee:

EU/EEA/Swiss citizens and their family members; Long Term Resident EU - 2600 EUR per Year
Other сountry citizens - 5000 EUR per Year

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

Short Program description

The doctoral study programme “Theology and Religious Studies” offers its students to learn the necessary theoretical knowledge and practical skills to do independent research. Together with academic staff students can participate in research projects and giving lectures. The study programme also offers the opportunity to take part in processes that are connected with research and its communication to wider society – international and national conferences, lectures of guest lecturers, seminars of dissertation themes and also science popularization events. In this study programme, the important tendencies in theology and religious research are taken into account focusing its theoretical aspects on the globalised character of religious phenomena. Special attention during seminars is given to the methodology of research and the writing and publishing process of publications. Successfully graduating from this programme, PhD candidates will be prepared for work in academic and other research institutions, as well as they will be able to work as high-level professionals outside of the academic environment. Within this study programme, there will be a common module with the doctoral programme of Theology and Religious Studies School in Tartu University.

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 any science field. 

English language proficiency.

Autumn Intake (application start: 19 Oct 2022; studies start in Sept 2023)



Contact persons for more information about the programme:

Programme director
Prof. Valdis Tēraudkalns

Programme secretary
Ilze Stikāne