Doctoral studies

Agreement with Klaipeda University (LT), Kolping University of Applied Sciences (LT), St. Ignatius of Loyola University of Applied Sciences (LT) and University of Lapland (FI) was signed regarding free Doctoral study opportunities opportunities in Finland.

Within the frame of the European Social fund project “Assessment of the higher education quality in Latvia” (2012) a joint European and Latvian team of experts worked also in European Christian academy. Experts recommended to start to work on at least two doctoral study programmes. One of the experts, prof. S.Krūmiņa-Koņkova from Latvian University, summarized: “Teaching staff of the Academy testifies to the highest quality of academic research and foundation of the quality of the Academy is its methodological excellence.” Building up doctoral studies was recommended by experts of all study directions and programmes.



ECA organizes together with Klaipeda University (LT) and with the support of Doctoral School of University of Lapland (FI), a series of online lectures as part of the online doctoral course “Social work research as a practice of transparency”.

The course will spread over 4 training days, each consisting of two main parts.

Target audience: all PhD researchers in the field of social work can enrol for this Doctoral School.

Topic: As social work as an academic discipline is normative, researchers need to make this normativity transparent. This implies that different areas of choice in research are critically analysed and choices are made explicit. Main question is: what are the methods to be used and how they to be used.

Dates: August 2-5, 2023. Application forms must be sent in till July 31 (


Doctoral School in 2022!
Now Doctoral studies in Social work and Caritative social work are possible!

European Christian Academy, Klaipeda University (Lithuania) and University of Lapland (Finland) have signed the Consortium Agreement about Doctoral studies in Social work. This is huge step forward especially because in Latvian Classification of sciences there is no section “Social work”, consequently they who wanted to progress, signed up for “Sociology”.

Those who are interested in those new study opportunities we welcomed to apply at the Study department of our Academy and to come for interview. Application forms must be sent in till October 10 in the current study year (

Applicants will be interviewed by the Head of the Doctoral study programme prof. Skaidrīte Gūtmane and asoc. prof. Avars Lasmanis. Rector prof. Skaidrīte Gūtmane is a member of Social Work Doctoral School organization committee.

Spring school for Doctoral students to get ready for their innovative studies is provided in March – May 25.