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  • 2009-06-15
  • Latvia
  • Ventspils University College
  • Translation Studies Faculty
  • Janis Silis
  • Professor of Comparative and Contrastive Linguistics
  • Yves Gambier
  • The answers apply only to VUC, but are typical for Latvia’s higher-education system in general.
  • The degree is not officially devoted to Translation Studies, since this discipline is non-existent in the official nomenclature of scientific disciplines approved by Latvia Council of Science ( The degree is one of subdisciplines of linguistics – in our case, either Doctor of Philology in Applied Linguistics or Doctor of Philology in Comparative and Contrastive Linguistics.
  • 3 years for full time and 4 years for part time doctoral students.
  • No.
  • Master’s degree in humanities, social sciences or educational sciences, higher philological education on either Bachelor of Master level.
  • A student can come into TS from the field of humanities, social sciences or educational sciences.
  • Applicants must submit a 10-15 p. long research paper or a set of publications of similar length on a topical problem of the chosen linguistic subdiscipline (e.g. Translation Studies). Applicants are then interviewed concerning the topic of the submitted paper. Proposals for a PhD are accepted by the Council of the Doctoral Study Programme. Students are free to choose their research topics.
  • See the criteria above. In addition factors like motivation, competence and type of previous studies is taken into consideration.
  • Ls 1988.31 or EUR 2829.11 annually. Ministry of Education and Science this year is paying monthly scholarships of Ls 300-500 (EUR 426-711) to the doctoral students of sciences (sciences being Latvia’s national strategic priority). Annually it is EUR 5112-8532.
  • Volume of the doctoral programme is 180 ECTS:
    1) Theoretical studies – 34.5 ECTS, out of which
    16.5 ECTS are allotted to study courses of obligatory choice (Part A): courses in Linguistic theories and methods ( ECTS), research workshops (4.5 ECTS), examination in General Linguistics (3 ECTS).
    18 ECTS are allotted to study courses of limited choice (Part B): subdiscipline specialisation modules (e.g., Translation Studies) – 9 ECTS, second language for research purposes – 6 ECTS, examination in speciality matters and a second language examination – 3 ECTS.
    2) Enhancement of research, organisational and academic competences – 10.5 ECTS.
    3) Research work – 135 ECTS: presentations, papers read at international conferences, publications – 6 ECTS, doctoral dissertation – 129 ECTS.

    Courses are organised in the form of lectures, seminars, workshops, colloquiums, conferences (including internal conferences of the programme’s students), research projects, consultations with the supervisors and other academics, as well as independent studies.
  • Theoretical courses are required (34.5 ECTS, for more details see the previous point). Attendance is both before and during the research work.
  • Students have to participate in international, national and local research projects, as well as in a definite number of seminars and international conferences.
  • Length of the text (not counting bibliography and annexes) – minimum 120 A4 pages, but not much more than 200 A4 pages. Languages: Latvian or any other language of the EU.
  • Studies and research abroad is encouraged, but is not backed by definite centralised funding.
  • PhDs (Associate Professors and “full” Professors) in the concrete subdiscipline. Supervisors can come from a different university or country, but usually there is also a “native” supervisor – therefore joint supervision is possible and is practiced from time to time. The role of a supervisor in our programme will be defined in a special document, as we start this autumn or early next calendar year.
  • See the previous point.
  • Officially there is/are one/two supervisors, but we plan to involve all academics of the programme to offer a piece of advice.
  • One local and 2 external referees at the public defence, pre–publication evaluation by editorial boards of research articles’ collections, public defence and 3 examinations (viva), grades (10 – outstanding, 9 – excellent, 8 – very good, 7 – good, 6 – almost good, 5 – average, 4 – almost average, 3 – poor, 2 – very poor etc.).
  • Articles before the final defence (there is also the so-called “pre-defence” or preliminary evaluation of the PhD dissertation at the Defence Council) are obligatory, and a certain number of them must be in regular publications approved by the Latvia Council of Science. Dissertation so far had to be submitted in the form of a manuscript (A4 pages, hard cover).
  • This is a matter of a detailed study which has not yet been done in Latvia, therefore I would not like to offer inconsiderate conclusions at the moment.
  • Yes, but mostly in Latvian (except English overviews of the PhD programmes for the needs of international experts’ teams when evaluating the programmes for accreditation (these can be obtained at Higher Education Quality Evaluation Centre).