Doctoral programme of "Economics and Business" sub-programme - Global Economics and Leadership

The working language of the program is English.

University of Latvia Doctoral Programme in Economics and Business "Global Economics and Leadership" is a unique opportunity for industry professionals to obtain a doctorate after three years of studies. The doctoral study program module in English is implemented together with University of Salzburg Business School (SMBS). Studies are held both in Riga (Latvia) and Salzburg (Austria). Doctoral students have close and individual co-operation with the program professors both in acquiring knowledge and in developing and successfully defending the doctoral thesis.

Studies will be suitable for public administration employees, entrepreneurs and people interested in the economy and economic processes.

Prof. Baiba Šavriņa

The study program is divided into three years, during which seminars, research colloquiums, doctoral students' workshops and training activities take place. As well as doctoral students take part in conferences, write scientific publications and doctoral thesis. In general, doctoral students take part in 11 doctoral seminars in the first two years of the program. Three seminars are held in the semester - two at the University of Salzburg Business School (SMBS) and one at the University of Latvia's Faculty of Business, Management and Economics. The duration of the seminar in Riga is three days. Study programme conferences, seminars and exams take place in Riga under the guidance of professors at the University of Latvia.

Third study year is dedicated to complete dissertation. This is accompanied by doctoral colloquia. The defence of the dissertation takes place after fulfilment of all requirements and the achievement of all credit points of the University of Latvia, Riga.

Graduates of the Doctoral Program in Management Science work as managers of institutions and companies or they themselves form a successful business. Graduates of the program participate and contribute to solving academic problems at national and international level.

3 years. Amount of credits: 144 credit points or 216 ECTS.
5719 EUR per year
Doctoral Degree of Science Doctor of Science (Ph.D.) in Social Sciences

Previous education: Master's degree in economics or management.

European Qualifications Framework (EQF) level: Level 8

International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED) level: Level 8

Accreditation: the program is accredited until 30.09.2027.

The program coordinator at the University of Latvia is Inese Vēvere - phone +371 67034967, 

Program coordinator at Salzburg Business School is Markus Spriestersbach, email:

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