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

The aim of the doctoral study programme is to train researchers and academics, as well as professionals for applied research, economic or social management work, whose knowledge, skills and competences meet international requirements, taking into account the needs of the Latvian labour market.


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

This programme offers the opportunity to deepen your theoretical knowledge, gain experience in scientific work and the ability to carry out independent research in physics, astronomy and and mechanics. The general skills necessary for working in the Latvian and higher education, science and other institutions, as well as high qualifications and the ability to to compete in international academia.

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 (ac. year 2024/25) – EUR 6400
Scientific doctoral degree Doctor of Science (PhD) in Physics and Astronomy; Scientific doctoral degree Doctor of Science (Ph.D.) in Engineering and Technology

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.

General conditions