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DoctoratePolitical Science

Tuition fee €4,484 per year
Application fee €141 one-time

The application fee consists of a 100 € registration fee and a 41 € payment for the recognition of education documents by the Academic Information centre of Latvia. The application fee is non-refundable.

Payment of the application fee and the diploma recognition fee should be paid only after the receipt of the invoice and must be paid BY the deadline of the invoice, if for any reason you have failed to pay the fees by the said deadline please contact the admission coordinator.
The application will be processed only after the payment receipt (the official receipt issued by the bank) has been uploaded in the Apply system, take note: in the event of any changes made in the application you are to resubmit the application to confirm and save the changes.

Deposit €500 one-time

A one-time payment for students coming from third countries outside the EU/EEA is to be paid in full together with the full-year tuition fee payable upon arrival. The deposit is intended for coverage of possible immigration expenses and paid back upon request after graduation.

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The doctoral programme in political science is the highest-level study programme which allows students to gain independent experience with research and studies, as well as an internationally comparable doctorate in political science. Its necessity from the perspective of Latvia’s state interests is closely linked to the further existence and development of political science as a discipline of science in the country. Doctoral studies in political science have become significant institution for creating highly qualified cadres in Latvia, and in certain fields – international relations, ethnic relations – in the Baltic region as a whole. The aim of the doctoral programme in political science is to train highly qualified specialists who can engage in scholarly work and teach political science. The degree is intended to be fully internationally comparable, allowing graduates to participate in and contribute to international debates and academic fora. Currently doctoral programme offers specialization and thus students elaborate their doctoral thesis in one of the sub-disciplines – comparative politics, international politics, political theory or public government and administration. The study programme allows each doctoral student to develop as an individual, taking into account the student’s interests, education, experience and achievements. The doctoral study programme involves the studies as such, as well as independent and original research work. The doctoral study program in political science programme at the University of Latvia envisages 76 credit points (114 ECTS) for completion of the PhD thesis out of 144 credit points (216 ECTS), which should be gathered also in other related activities, e.g. theoretical courses, courses on the relevant sub-field, publications, pedagogical work, internships in foreign universities and research institutions, participation in summer schools etc.

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Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States

Not available for applying at the moment

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States