Degree to be achieved: Doctor of Science (Ph.D.) in History and archaeology
Standard period of study: 3 years or 4 years
Type of studies: Full time (3 years) and part time (4years)
Amount of credits: 144 credit points or 216 ECTS
Language of instruction: Latvian and English
Study programme is accredited until 30.06.2023

The study programme consists of two parts:

Part A (Compulsory)
124 credits

This includes the doctoral thesis (80 credits over six semesters), three promotional examinations (16 credits) , academic publications in history (3 publications required, 12 credits total), regular research seminars, participation in international conferences in history (10 credits total), history teaching in higher education institution ( 6 credits) ;

Part B (Limited choice)
20 credits

Limited choice courses include “Myth in History of Latvia” (4 credits), “Alternative History” (4 credits), “Philosophy of History”, “Problems of History of Ideas”, etc.



After successful completion of the Doctoral Study Programme, a PhD student will have acquired the following competences:

  1. Understands current methods of research in history science, including in the context of his/her research topic
  2. Understands and applies present-day achievements in Latvian and international historiography
  3. Understands theoretical problems of history science and its solutions
  4. Independently defines and critically analyses problems of research in different levels of education
  5. Finds scientifically based decisions solving problems of history science and defends his/her opinion
  6. Accomplishes current methods in history research, determines the most relevant methods for research
  7. Integrates results of research in university study courses and in supervision of students thesis, including doctoral level
  8. Publishes results of research in internationally recognized, peer - reviewed academic journals in Latvia and abroad, in national and international academic conferences,
  9. Performs socially and academically important research independently, critically and responsibly, promotes innovative solutions into research procedures

3 years (full time) or 4 years (part time)

Doctor of Science (Ph.D.) in History and archaeology

Contact persons for more information about the programme:

Programme director:
Dr. hist. Gvido Straube

Programme secretary:
Dr. hist. Jānis Taurēns