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Programme Duration:3 academic years
Programme Workload:120 CP / 180 ECTS CP
Admission Requirements– Master’s degree in humanities, social sciences, education, natural sciences or equivalent higher education,
– application for the topic of the dissertation,
– an interview.
Obtainable Degree:Doctor of Science (Ph.D.) in History and Archeology
Place of the Programme Implementation:Daugavpils University, 13 Vienības Street, Daugavpils
Form of the Programme Implementation:full-time studies
Programme Director:Professor, Dr.hist. Irēna Saleniece
Study course descriptionsStudy course descriptions

The aim of the Doctoral Study Programme in History and Archeology is to ensure the consistency of the study of history, training of leading employees of scientific, higher education and cultural institutions, who have the competence to raise and solve the most important issues of modern history, developing and strengthening Latvia’s scientific potential, which in a broader sense means participation in the formation of the intellectual elite, as well as the ability to influence the direction and priorities of the development of the national study of history.

The tasks of the Programme are:

  • to select the best applicants in accordance with the jointly developed criteria for the evaluation of applicants for Doctoral programmes;
  • to ensure the acquisition of deep and extensive knowledge of the current theoretical and methodological problems in the history of the modern world and Latvia;
  • to develop Doctoral students’ skills and competences that will enable them to carry out independent projects based on scientific findings and methods and to carry out scientific research, achieving the best results in accordance with international standards in the field of science;
  • to provide qualified supervision for the scientific work of Doctoral students, to ensure the transfer of the scientific work experience, scientific methods and erudition of the academic staff to the next generation;
  • to give Doctoral students an opportunity to publish the results of their scientific research and theoretical findings in international and national scientific periodicals;
  • to provide Doctoral students with an opportunity to get acquainted with the latest theoretical and historiographical achievements;
  • to promote Doctoral students’ understanding of scientific and academic careers and to improve the pedagogical competence required for academic work;
  • to promote the development of interdisciplinarity by cooperating with other Doctoral study programmes of the University of Latvia, DU and other universities.

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


  • Know current research methods used in the study of history and archaeology;
  • Know and apply the latest achievements in Latvian and world historiography;
  • Know the theoretical problems of history and their solutions;
  • Understand the interdisciplinary relationship between history and other social and humanitarian disciplines;
  • Have deep specialized knowledge in the chosen field of research, the corresponding history sub-branch and extensive knowledge in history.


  • Independently formulate and critically analyse research problems at various levels of education, including higher education and Doctoral studies;
  • Make science-based decisions in solving the problems of history and related social and humanitarian disciplines and defend their opinion with arguments;
  • Propose and implement research-based changes in their institution, branch of history and, if possible, in society as a whole;
  • Apply the latest research methods, choosing the most suitable ones for their own scientific activity;
  • Integrate the results of scientific research into study courses at the university and supervision of scientific works of students and Doctoral students.


  • Independently and responsibly plan, structure and manage scientific projects, including international ones;
  • Publish the results of their research in internationally recognized editions, including internationally cited ones in Latvia and abroad;
  • Disseminate the results of scientific research in national and international scientific conferences and seminars;
  • Independently, responsibly and critically carry out scientific research important in the study of history, promote the introduction of innovations in research practice;
  • Independently manage the work of scientific teams in the field of history and archaeology.

Doctoral students have possibilities:

  • to study under the guidance of professional and experienced university lecturers;
  • to publish their articles and research results in annual DU collections of research articles and periodical publications;
  • to participate in annual scientific conferences in Daugavpils University and other higher educational establishments, as well as in international conferences;
  • to participate in international student exchange programmes and study at higher educational establishments abroad;
  • to participate in the implementation of projects related to the theme of research.