|Academic field||Law (JACS M000)
|Nominal duration||3 years (180 ECTS)|
|Awards||PhD (Doctoral degree in Law)|
|Application fee||€100.00 one-time
Applicants from countries requiring a visa for Latvia are required to pay a processing fee of 100. Further instructions will be provided during application.
Postgraduate diploma (or higher)
• Applicants must have an educational background that corresponds to an LL.M. degree or equivalent qualification.
The entry qualification documents are accepted in the following languages: English.
Often you can get a suitable transcript from your school. If this is not the case, you will need official translations along with verified copies of the original.
If you have obtain the diploma in another language please add also the original diploma.
For IELTS a minimum score of 6.5 is required. For TOEFL a minimum score of 575 (paper-based) or 231 (computer-based) is required.
Students whose native language is English or have completed their schooling or first degree at an English-speaking university or institution are generally exempt from the language requirement.
At least 2 reference(s) should be provided.
A motivation letter must be added to your application.
Application should contain the following documents (in English):
• a letter of motivation that explains the choice of the Joint PhD Programme for the proposed research project and outlines how RGSL and the Faculty of Law at the University of Copenhagen would benefit from the proposed research;
• a research project proposal. This should include the following: (1) objective(s) of the research, (2) major research questions, (3) review of relevant literature, (4) methodology to be applied in the research, and (5) a timetable that plans for all course requirements to have been met within three years (for more information, please see: jura.ku.dk/phd/english/applicants/research-project/ ). The project description must elaborate on the value of the proposed research project in terms of its relevance to existing and future research in the field (maximum 6 pages excluding bibliography). The document must be Times New Roman, font size 12, spacing 1.5 and all margins (right, left, top and bottom) of 2 cm;
• CV (maximum 2 pages), including list of publications if applicable;
• passport copy;
• two academic reference letters
A postgraduate PhD programme is made in cooperation with the Law Faculty of the University of Copenhagen. The programme leads to a joint doctoral degree in law conferred by both involved institutions.
PhD candidates are selected and enrolled on the basis of an annual competition depending on available financing. After enrolment, PhD candidates are employed as research fellows at RGSL during the whole period of study, but are integrated into both research institutions with spending approximately equal time in Riga and Copenhagen.
Each PhD candidate has supervisors appointed by RGSL and the Law Faculty of the University of Copenhagen to monitor and assist the development of their dissertation, which when completed is submitted to an evaluation committee. Each candidate follows a programme of specially designed courses to ensure training in relevant topics and general principles of scientific research. In addition, PhD candidates have some teaching obligations related to their field of research.
After graduation, the holder of a PhD diploma is eligible for an appointment as a full member of the RGSL faculty, depending on available positions.