Solid State Physics

Programme Duration: 3 years
Programme Workload: 120 CP / 180 ECTS CP
Admission Requirements: Master’s degree in Physics or adjoining scientific discipline (Biophysics, Physical Chemistry, etc.), Engineering, as well as another qualification in the above-mentioned scientific disciplines equivalent to the Master’s degree;
Discussion on the theme of Doctoral Thesis (also in English)
Obtainable Degree: Doctor of Physics
Place of the Programme Implementation: Daugavpils University, 1 Parādes Street
Form of the Programme Implementation: full-time studies
Programme Director: Professor, Dr. phys. Valfrīds Paškevičs

The aim of the doctoral study programme in solid-state physics is to provide an opportunity to acquire an internationally recognized doctoral degree in physics, prepare highly qualified professionals for independent academic, research, and practical work in the sub-branch of solid-state physics, thus consolidating the scientific research potential at DU and in Latvia in the given branch and sub-branch of science.

The major tasks of the doctoral study programme are:

  • to facilitate acquisition of recent scientific information in the sub-branch of solid-state physics, producing independent research work,
  • to facilitate acquisition of high technologies and innovative research methods and their practical application,
  • to encourage practising of conducting research and academic work in university,
  • to encourage doctoral student participation in international research community and facilitate summarizing their research results in the doctoral thesis.

As a result of the programme’s acquisition, the young scientist will acquire and be able to demonstrate:


  • Students can demonstrate that their knowledge and skills guarantee their ability to discern, understand, and analyze theoretical ideas and problems, see their practical application in national economy.
  • Students demonstrate having acquired methods of physical and technological research in solid-state physics and adjoining science sub-branches by using modern electronic equipment.


  • Students can evaluate and process scientific literature related to their research topic.
  • They can apply the acquired theoretical knowledge in dealing with a particular research topic, carry out international range scientific projects and research tasks.
  • Students can critically analyze the acquired results.
  • They have skills of relating their work in physics to the world scientist community, external economic environment, produce research publications in internationally recognized research editions, continuously update their research qualification.


  • Students are able to make decisions to complete academic and professional tasks and plan their activities in contemporary global and changing world.
  • Students can stand competition on the labour market offering their knowledge and skills.
  • They can take up the analysis and solution of complex theoretical or practical problems, conducting wide scale projects as well as offer innovative scientific services based on their knowledge.
  • They can use the opportunities given by modern information and communication technologies in reaching their research goals.
  • They can assess the consequences of applying their knowledge in relation to the external environment, legislation, community.

The study programme “Solid-State Physics” provides students with possibilities:

  • to study under the guidance of highly-qualified specialists;
  • to participate in international Doctoral student exchange programmes and do research at higher educational establishments abroad;
  • to become a proficient, knowledgeable and competitive specialist in the sphere of Physics and adjoining technical scientific disciplines;
  • to participate in the implementation of projects related to the theme of research and get payment for this activity;
  • to receive scholarship if the student studies for the state budget means.

The research basis of the Doctoral study programme “Solid-State Physics” is DU Guntis Libert’s Innovative Microscopy Centre (IMC), in which there are a number of laboratories equipped with modern research facilities.

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