This doctoral programme, implemented by RISEBA and the School of Banking in cooperation with the Stockholm School of Economics in Riga and University of Applied Science Kaiserslautern (Germany),trains doctors of science, highly qualified researchers and specialists in the field of economics and business.
English (full-time, part-time), Latvian (full-time, part-time)
120 CP (180 ECTS)
For citizens and permanent residents of the Republic of Latvia:
EUR 5000 (studies in Latvian)
EUR 5640 (studies in English)
EU, EEA, CIS, Ukrainian, Georgian and Turkmen citizens:
EUR 5000 (studies in Latvian)
EUR 5640 (studies in English)
For non-EU citizens:
EUR 6280 (studies in English)
This doctoral programme, implemented by RISEBA and the School of Banking in cooperation with the Stockholm School of Economics in Riga and University of Applied Science Kaiserslautern (Germany), trains doctors of science, highly qualified researchers and specialists in the field of economics and business. Upon completion of studies, the graduate is familiar with and understands the most up-to-date scientific theories and findings, is proficient in research methodology and contemporary research methods in the field of economics and business and at the interface between different fields.
The leading decision-making body of the doctoral study programme is the Joint Doctoral Programme Council, which is a collegial institution of the RISEBA University of Applied Sciences and the BA School of Business and Finance , which operates in accordance with the regulations of the Council of the Joint Doctoral Study Program “Business Management”, the documents governing the Doctoral study program and to the regulatory enactments of the Republic of Latvia.
The council approves the study program and its changes, supervises the implementation of the study program, requests and receives information about the implementation of the study program from the universities, examines doctoral theses, directing them to be defended in the Promotion Council, discusses mutual financial settlements and their procedures, examines academic reports and decides on matriculation options for persons who wish to transfer from another doctoral study program to the Joint doctoral study program “Business Management”, coordinates the common marketing activities of the study program, approves the topics and scientific supervisors of the doctoral thesis, approves the lecturers of the study courses.
The Joint Doctoral Programme Counsil consists of representatives of the RISEBA University of Applied Sciences and the BA School of Business and Finance in the following composition:
Chairman of the Council: Prof. Iveta Ludviga, Dean of the Faculty of Business and Economics, Director of Doctoral and Masters Study programme Council members: Assoc. Prof. Valters Kaže, RISEBA Vice Rector for Research Prof. Emeritus Vulfs Kozlinskis. RISEBA Assoc. Prof. Līga Peiseniece, BA rector, Director of the doctoral program Prof. Tatjana Volkova (deputy chairman of the council), BA Andris Nātriņš, BA Vice-Rector for Research Council secretary: Anna Strazda, head of the science department
Lectures are held in sessions three times a year (October, February and May) using online tools, providing a blended learning approach regarding both the theoretical studies and the discussion of the thesis at different stages of its development.
Courses are taught in the form of lectures, seminars and discussions. Doctoral students’ independent work is discussed in seminars. Foreign lecturers and experts, industry leading specialists are also involved to teach study courses, presenting papers on current trends in the industry. During the studies, doctoral students carry out case studies in specific sectors. Students also have the opportunity to influence the content of their courses by choosing the topics that are most relevant to them, or by choosing the issues that are most relevant to their research interests. All courses also discuss the latest research based on scientific articles.
Mandatory courses (part A):
“Research Methodology in the Field of Social Sciences” Prof. I. Ludviga (RISEBA), Assist. Prof. I. Kozlinska (Groningen University, the Netherlands)
“Strategic Management” Prof. T. Volkova (BA School of Business and Finance)
“Contemporary Research in Business. Different Industries Perspective” Prof. A. Čirjevskis (RISEBA, Assoc. Prof. B. Butler (Curtin University, Australia)
“How to write an article for the peer reviewed journal” Prof. A. Sauka (Stockholm School of Economics)
“Research Theoretical part” Prof. Emeritus V. Kozliskis (RISEBA), Prof. I. Ludviga (RISEBA)
“Data mining” Prof. I. Ludviga (RISEBA)
Partly elective courses (part B):
“Innovation Management” Prof. T. Volkova (BA School of Business and Finance), Assoc. Prof. E. Miķelsone (BA School of Business and Finance)
“Entrepreneurship and Small Business Research” Assist. Prof. I. Kozlinska (Groningen University, the Netherlands), guest lecturers from foreign universities
“Human Resources Management” Prof. I. Senņikova (RISEBA), Assoc. Prof. L. Peiseniece (BA School of Business and Finance)
“Leadership and Organizational Behaviour” Assist. Prof. A. Barbars (RISEBA)
“Contemporary Research in Financial Management” Assist. Prof. J. Kuzmina (BA School of Business and Finance)
Free choice elective courses (part C):
“Behavioural Economics”, guest lecturer
Free choice course at another university
Research part of the programme (part D):
Participation in conferences
Development and defence of the PhD thesis
Please read the admission rules published on our website under Study at RISEBA -> Admission rules
By obtaining a doctoral degree in business management, a student has all opportunities to obtain top-level positions in public administration and business, while in the academic environment a student can work as a leading researcher, professor and expert of the Latvian Council of Science. The in-depth knowledge of economics and entrepreneurship acquired also enables graduates to set up and successfully develop their own businesses.
Any student of the doctoral programme who has completed at least one year of study can participate in the Erasmus+ exchange programme. A student can go to study at one of RISEBA’s partner universities. The duration of study mobility is 2–12 months. The student does not have to pay for the period spent in the study and internship exchange programme abroad; the tuition fee is covered by the partner university, but the student continues to pay the RISEBA tuition fee. For the period spent abroad during mobility, the student is awarded an Erasmus+ scholarship to cover the costs of transport and accommodation. * Erasmus+ internship mobility provides that a student can undergo an internship in one of the companies of interest in one of the Erasmus+ programme countries. For this internship period, the student receives an Erasmus+ scholarship. The duration of internship mobility is 2–12 months. Find out more about Erasmus+ and how to apply here!