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PhDDoctoral programme (PhD) “Business Management” (LV, 3 years, 180 ECTS)

Application fee €200 one-time
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The purpose of the doctoral programme is to educate students who could make essential contributions in the relevant fields through rigorous academic research that influences practice. Research conducted to obtain a doctoral degree is the highest level of research in academia. Our doctoral programme aims to produce researchers for universities, for employment in non-research industries, including government and the private sector. One widely acknowledged purpose of doctoral research is training students for academic positions. The doctoral degree qualifies the researcher to hold a university professorship or conduct research in academia. Doctoral research gives students the needed skills for developing hypotheses, testing theories by studying, observing or conducting experiments, and modifying those assumptions based on the data collected. While doctoral research is still primarily considered to be the path to academic and research positions, there is a growing interest from the private sector in seeking doctoral degree holders for jobs in non-academic and non-research environments. The secondary purpose of doctoral research is to teach candidates the scientific approach to conducting research, thereby preparing students for research careers beyond academia. The doctoral programme includes intensive training and coursework in research methodologies, recommendations for conducting qualitative research such as structured interviews, quantitative research such as surveys, statistical analysis, etc. These competencies and research skills are useful outside of academia for solving relevant social and business problems.

Programme structure

Key Strengths of the Doctoral Programme:

• PhD thesis supervisor from an international environment – international professors
• The best faculty and visiting professors from partner universities: RISEBA, BA, SSE Riga and Kaiserslautern University
• Flexible and comfortable course schedule for practicing researchers
• Individual approach and studies in small groups
• Diverse mix of students from various business and research fields.

Career opportunities

Alumni of the programme will be ready to put their knowledge to good use in both practical and academic settings. Doctoral studies are becoming more and more important for leading executives across a wide range of industries.

Apply now! PhD 2019/20
This is a rolling intake - applications are accepted all year round.
Studies commence
Feb 3, 2020

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States