Economics and Business - Economics and Management

The doctoral study programme "Economics and Business" is the only programme of its kind in Latvia, which will cover the sub-branches of the economy and entrepreneurship sector. The purpose of the doctoral programme is to prepare highly qualified researchers, industry and organization leaders, as well as academics capable of developing independent research in the field of economics and business, obtaining scientifically original and proven results, thereby demonstrating their competence in research, organization and management in economics, addressing business and educational development and innovation challenges; to prepare highly qualified professionals with internationally comparable competencies in the field of economics and business and an internationally comparable Doctor in Science degree, providing the national economy with highly qualified professionals.

Doctoral programme of "Economics and Business" has 3 sub-programmes: “Economics and Management”, “Global Economics and Leadership”, “Education Management”.

Prof. Ērika Šumilo

To master research methodology, theoretical concepts, latest research methods in economics and business.
To develop independent original research in the field of economics and business, using state-of-the-art methods of analysis and data processing, obtaining scientifically original and verifiable results at the level of internationally quoted publications, thus demonstrating their competence in carrying out research work and introduction of innovations, presenting research results at conferences and seminars, being able to produce and publish scientific articles on the results of scientific research.
To develop critical, analytical thinking, creativity, leadership, ability to independently articulate research ideas, plan, structure and lead large-scale scientific projects also in an international context, conduct research / development tasks in companies, institutions and organizations that require extensive research knowledge and skills, ability to work in a team, working with professionals from different sectors.
To develop pedagogical skills to independently perform and conduct pedagogical work in higher education institutions.
To develop the ability to continuously improve one’ scientific qualification.

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.

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.

Full time studies - 3 years. Amount of credits: 144 credit points or 216 ECTS
EU/EEA/Swiss citizens and their family members; Long Term Resident EU - 2900 EUR per Year. Other сountry citizens - 3170 EUR per Year.
Doctoral Degree of Science Doctor of Science (Ph.D.) in Social Sciences
  1. Master’s degree in management science, economics and business, or comparable education;
  2. Master’s degree in other social sciences, education sciences or comparable education, for person with at least two years of professional experience in management of enterprises and institutions;
  3. Master’s degree in other natural sciences, engineering sciences or comparable education, for person with at least two years of professional experience in management of enterprises and institutions;

Entrance examination (interview) with all applicants*.

* In entrance interview applicants are ranked according to the total number of points they receive. The applicants shall submit motivation letter and two recommendation letters from representatives of the respective field. Ranking results are used when assigning budget places to the applicants.

Required English language proficiency, attested by a TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Internet-based score of at least 80, or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) of at least 6 points, or Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English//C2 Proficiency C, Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English/C1 Advanced - B, except if previous education is in English.

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


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.

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

Study programme secretary: Inese Vēvere, Aspazijas Boulevard 5, Room 426, e-mail: