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PhD in Natural Sciences (Chemistry)

University of Latvia
3 years
Full time
Doctorate / PhD
Scholarships available
English, Latvian

About this program

PhD in Natural Sciences (Chemistry)

"The Doctoral study Program in Chemistry offers educational opportunities for advanced study and research designed to prepare students for roles in research and educational institutions, industry and government. The aim of the doctoral Program in chemistry is to train highly qualified researchers and professionals for self-dependent academic, scientific and practical work with internationally comparable competence in the area of chemistry, as well as an internationally comparable doctoral degree. The tasks of the doctoral Program in chemistry are:

- to demonstrate a systematic understanding of an aspect of the science of chemistry and mastery of those skills and methods of research associated with the topic of student research area: analytical, organic, inorganic, physical or education chemistry;

- to develop abilities related to critical thinking, analysis and argumentation so as to enrich the intellectual potential of the country;

- to make a contribution through original research that extends the frontier of knowledge in chemical science by developing a substantial body of work, some of which merits national or international refereed publication;

- to get competences which fit them for employment as professional chemists in senior positions in chemical and related industries, in public service, or for a progression to a career in academic research.

Admission requirements

Master's degree in Natural Sciences or higher education comparable to that

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Program content

Compulsory theoretical courses include general course (10 CP) in the selected field of Chemistry: Analytical, Organic, Physical, Inorganic and Education chemistry, special course (Research Methods of Analytical Objects, Humanpedagogical Conception in Chemistry, Modern Methods of Organic Synthesis, X-ray Structure Analysis, Nanochemistry, Modern Chromatography, Physical chemistry of pharmaceuticals, Radiation Chemistry, Wood Chemistry) related to main field of PhD thesis (8 CP) and English language course (4 CP). Study program foreseen needs for students to have an extra soft skills in particular research topic e.g., economics, experimental data interpretation etc. and for that free choice supplementary studies (12 CP) are included in DSC. PhD students in chemistry joined different interdisciplinary doctoral schools formed at University of Latvia. The Program contains the following study forms: lectures, seminars, dissertation thesis drafting and evaluation, workshops, laboratory individual research work, tutorials, presentations, scientific paper writing.

Students who fulfil the study requirements and successfully defend their thesis receive a Doctor's scientific degree in chemistry awarded by the Chemistry Science Promotions Council, which brings in experts who specialise in the field of science related to the relevant degree."

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.


  • Tuition fee per year - 2500 EUR for EU/EEA/Swiss citizens, permanent residence permit holders and their family members
  • Tuition fee per year - 6402 EUR for citizens of other countries


Credits: 144 or 216

Degree to be achieved: Doctor of science (PhD) in Chemistry

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University of Latvia

The University of Latvia (UL) offers European-level higher education and skills necessary for the labor market, scientific research, and self-development. The quality of studies, research, international collaboration, and innovations ranked the UL among 4% of the world’s best universities. The...

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Why study at University of Latvia

QS World University Ranking

This year, the University of Latvia (UL) has risen by 50 places in one of the world’s most prestigious rankings of higher education institutions – QS World University Rankings, and now occupies 651st–700th place, according to the data released on September 6. In 2015, UL was ranked 701st–800th. UL is the first and, so far, the only higher education institution in Latvia to be included in the ranking of this level, and the significantly improved position clearly shows that UL firmly stands among the world’s top 5% of universities.

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Raina blvd.19
LV-1586 Riga

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