Doctoral programme "Business Management"




About programme

Aim of the programme is to prepare doctors of science and highly qualified researchers and specialists in the Business Management sub-branch of management science, thus strengthening management science as an academic field in Latvia and making a significant contribution to the development of business and enterprises in Latvia and Europe. Joint Doctoral programme is implemented by RISEBA University of Applied Sciences and BA School of Business and Finance.
Objectives of the programme
     1. To provide students with high-quality doctoral education, ensuring them the opportunity to develop research competencies in their chosen field.
     2. To carry out and approbate research significant to management science theory and practice: prepare Promotion Theses, monographs, textbooks and teaching materials, and scientific publications, incl.:
          • developing and carrying out a doctoral research programme;
          • discussing the results of doctoral research (including approbation of results: publications and presentations at conferences and seminars);
          • ensuring preparation and defence of Promotion Theses.
     3. To present and discuss the results of scientific research at international conferences and seminars as well as in popular science publications.

The programme is implemented in Latvian and English language. In addition, studies in English are organized in the form of sessions (three sessions per year), allowing foreign doctoral students to continue their professional activities in their home country, combining them with studies in Latvia. International students can also participate in program meetings remotely (Moodle, Skype, Zoom, etc.) and discuss the dissertation at various stages of its development.


Study direction

Management, administration and Real Estate management


Degree awarded


Doctor of Science (Ph.D.) in Economics and Business


Credit Points


120 CP / 180 ECTS


Study form

Full time





Latvian and English

Tuition fee


In Latvian

4000 EUR/per year (total: 12000 EUR)

In English
- for EU residents: 4500 EUR/per year (total: 13500 EUR)
- for non-EU residents: 5000 EUR/per year (total: 15000 EUR)

Right now: 50% discount on tuition fee


Content of the programme

More information – HERE

Study schedule, Latvian stream, 1st year 

Study schedule, English stream, 1st year 

Study schedule, English stream, 2nd year 

*RISEBA is entitled to make adjustments in the content of the program subjects and in the amount of hours up to 20%.

Study methods

To achieve the intended outcomes of the study courses, the doctoral programme uses lectures, seminars, discussions, guest lectures, group analysis of doctoral students’ independent work, and practical lessons, including work using software.
The implementation of the study courses also adheres to the principles of the student-centred approach, continuously ensuring a scientific environment in both seminars and councils, inviting doctoral students and lecturers from other courses as well as leading researchers, including from other higher education institutions in Latvia and abroad, to participate in discussions.
Students also have the opportunity to influence study course content by choosing topics of interest to them, or to select issues for discussion that are most relevant to their research interests.
Course lecturers take into consideration and respect student diversity and the variety of students’ needs, using different types of programme implementation according to students’ capacities. Students have the opportunity to study in different formats – full-time, part-time, distance learning – and to switch from one study format to another, or from one study programme to another.
Communication between students and teaching staff is characterised by mutual respect, creating a positive emotional background for creative collaboration. RISEBA has an Ethics Committee, which considers any ethical complaints.
Studies are based on student autonomy, at the same time ensuring lecturers’ guidance and support. Lecturers are encouraged to regularly evaluate and improve teaching formats and methods, and they receive university support to develop their skills in this area.

Admission Requirements 2020/2021 

Career opportunities

Doctoral studies are the highest possible level of education, and the graduates of the program are employed in higher level positions in public administration and business, in the academic environment - leading researchers, professors and experts of the Latvian Council of Science. Many of the graduates are employers themselves.

International opportunities

RISEBA University offers PhD students to participate in ERASMUS+ exchange programmes. Erasmus + is one of the most popular lifelong learning exchange programmes for students and teaching staff, which promotes the development of universities in a single European Union (EU) higher education space. It is an opportunity for professional and higher education staff, students and alumni to gain experience abroad by going to one of the Erasmus+ programme countries, in higher education, or to one of the Erasmus+ partner countries. More information here.

Latvian State scholarships for doctoral students

In accordance with bilateral agreements on co-operation in education and science concluded between Latvian government and a few countries Latvia offers scholarships to foreign students, researchers and teaching staff for studies, research and participation in summer schools in Latvian higher education institutions (HEIs) in the 2020/2021 academic year. The Ministry of Education and Science of Latvia has delegated the administration of the Latvian state scholarships to the State Education Development Agency (Valsts izglītības attīstības aģentūra – VIAA).

Detailed information about Latvian state scholarships – HERE.

Self assessment reports of the Doctoral study programme "Business Management"



2018./19. LV

2018./19.  ENG

2019./20. LV

2019./20. ENG