|Study location||Latvia, Riga|
|Nominal duration||3 years (216 ECTS)|
|Tuition fee||€5,000 per year|
|Application fee||€148.38 one-time|
|Registration fee||To be confirmed
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Postgraduate diploma (or higher)
Masters Degree in psychology
Applications are NOT accepted from the following territories (based on citizenship): Bangladesh, Iraq, Pakistan, Yemen.
One of next variants, if you have no any of this certificates you can pass University or Baltic Center Exams:
If your previous studies have been obtained in English but in the country where English is not native language, then you have to present an official letter from your previous educational institution (secondary school, etc.) where is stated that all your studies were in English (medium of instruction is English), and you have to pass interview where the University of Latvia will evaluate your language skills.
If you don’t have any chance to take English test, University offers to take online Pearson test.
At least 2 reference(s) should be provided.
Successful pass of entrance examination where applicants will be invited to an interview via Skype.
Applicants are obligated to upload:
2) Filled out Curriculum Vitae in Europass format.
Aim of the Programme is to prepare highly qualified scientists and teaching staff in various areas of psychology (general, clinical, development, personality, social/organisational psychology) through improvement of their research work organisation, management and implementation skills based on greater in-depth understanding of psychology theories and methodology in at least two sub-areas of psychology, skills in national and international cooperation with other specialists in the area, and through preparation of an original scientific research study (dissertation study) to be defended to acquire an internationally recognised doctoral degree in psychology. The programme additionally offers specialisation in cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) to the students studying for their doctoral degree in clinical psychology. These additional studies are aimed at improvement of their professional skills in psychotherapy (within the Baltic States, such specialisation at the doctoral level is available only at the University of Latvia). Tasks of the Programme are:
(1) To facilitate scientific research in the branches of the science of psychology represented in the programme.
(2) To assure acquisition of the skills required for research, academic and professional work.
(3) To facilitate doctoral students’ mutual, national and international cooperation in research.
(4) To support motivation for life-long education and personal growth of doctoral students.
Upon completion of the doctoral programme in psychology, the students will have acquired the following knowledge, skills, and competences:
1. Knowledge – an understanding of the overall tendencies in the development of the contemporary science of psychology, and in-depth knowledge in the area of specialisation.
2. Skills – to prepare and conduct an original research study, critically assess its results in the form of a dissertation paper, to prepare scientific articles, and to present then at conferences; to present lectures or, in the case of doctoral students in CBT, to provide counselling to clients.
3. Competences – to independently carry out of scientific and academic work as required in the context of the contemporary science of psychology.
The knowledge, skills, and competences acquired in the programme correspond to EQF Level 7.
At present there is a considerable shortage of highly qualified psychology experts who do scientific and professional work in Latvia, and this hinders the development of psychology itself as well as development of education, mental health, and social well-being.