Doctoral study programme "Natural Sciences (Physics, Astronomy and Mechanics)"

The doctoral study programme in physics provides a scientific qualification in the subfields of astronomy, physics or mechanics


The sub-programme “Physics, Astronomy and Mechanics” of the doctoral study programme of natural sciences ensures the acquisition of a scientific qualification in the following subfields of astronomy, physics or mechanics:

  • Astrophysics and Fundamental Astronomy-
  • Solid State Physics
  • Didactics of Physics
  • Chemical Physics
  • Laser Physics and Spectroscopy
  • Materials Physics
  • Medical Physics
  • Mechanics of polymers and composites
  • Mechanics of Liquids and Gases

The doctoral study programme prepares specialists of the doctoral level to implement research in Latvian physics-related research institutions, such UL institutes and structural units as UL Institute of Astronomy, UL Institute of Atomic Physics and Spectroscopy, UL Institute of Solid State Physics, UL Institute of Physics, UL Laser Centre, UL Faculty of Physics, Mathematics and Optometry, Department of Physics, UL Institute of Chemical Physics, UL Institute of Polymer Mechanics and elsewhere.

Specialists are also trained for such national research institutions as Ventspils Radio Astronomy Centre, Institute of Physical Energetics and others. Programme graduates are successfully employed in various Latvian state institutions and private business structures, and are lecturers both at the University of Latvia and other higher education institutions.

Full-time regular studies: 3 years / 6 semesters   Part-time regular studies: 4 years / 8 semesters   Studies take place on working days, mainly from 8:30 to 18:00 depending on the timetable of each respective day.
Tuition fee per year – EUR 2134
Scientific doctoral degree Doctor of Science (PhD) in Physics and Astronomy

Previous academic education: Master's degree in physics, chemistry, engineering or a higher education diploma corresponding to these master's degrees.

Additional requirements: The applicant submits a research project and during the discussions the level of the applicant's knowledge in physics, astronomy and mechanics, the quality of the research project and its compliance with the UL research priority directions are evaluated. Decisions are made on the applicant's eligibility and, if necessary, additional courses to be acquired during the studies are indicated.

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