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PhD in Natural Sciences (Geography)

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

About this program

PhD in Natural Sciences (Geography)

The doctoral Program in geography is the only highest-level study Program in Latvia which allows students to gain independent experience with research and studies, as well as an internationally comparable doctorate in geography. Its necessity from the perspective of Latvia's state interests is closely linked to the further existence and development of geography as a discipline of science in the country. The aim of the doctoral Program in geography is to train highly qualified specialists who can engage in scholarly work and teach geography. The degree is intended to be fully internationally comparable, allowing graduates to participate in and contribute to international debates and academic fora. The Program has four sub-fields – physical geography, human geography, environmental and regional geography, as well as applied geography and geomatics. The study Program allows each doctoral student to develop as an individual, taking into account the student's interests, education, experience and achievements. The doctoral study Program involves the studies as such, as well as independent and original research work. the Program at the University of Latvia envisages 74 credit points (111 ECTS) for completion of the PhD thesis out of 144 credit points (216 ECTS), which should be gathered in other related activities, e.g., courses on the relevant sub-field, theoretical courses, publications, pedagogical work.

Admission requirements

Master degree in Geography or Natural Sciences or a comparable degree. An application, a plan for the dissertation, a CV, and recommendations. Entrance examinations for full and part time students involve discussions that are organised by the Commission of the Admission at the University.

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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 Earth Sciences, Physical Geography and Environmental Sciences; Doctor of science (PhD) in Social and Economic Geography

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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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University of Latvia

Raina blvd.19
LV-1586 Riga

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