Doctoral program "Transport"

The study program is implemented in three institutes of the Faculty of Transport and Mechanical Engineering of Riga Technical University and consists of four specializations:

  • Road Transport and Traffic
    Implemented at: Institute of Automobile Transport (ATI)
  • Railway Transport
    Implemented at: Institute of Railway Transport (DzTI)
  • Air Transport
    Implemented at: Institute of Aeronautics (AERTI)
  • Technical Support of Transport Systems
    Implemented at: Institute of Aeronautics (AERTI)

The doctoral study programme stipulates the acquisition of branch correspondent fundamental theoretical subjects and specialization subjects within a specific direction of scientific work as well as humanities and foreign languages.

Compulsory branch subjects:

  • Road Transport and Traffic:
    experiment design and data analysis, transport vehicle design reliability and ecology;
  • Railway Transport:
    application of mass service theory elements in transport, technology of transport logistics systems;
  • Air Transport:
    computer mathematics for air transport problems, mathematical basis of air transport maintenance, design and statistical treatment of a scientific experiment;
  • Technical support of transport systems:
    vehicle reliability, logistics systems in transport, computer analysis and calculation of the operational characteristics of transport vehicles.

Limited choice specialization subjects:

  • Road Transport and Traffic:
    logistics systems in transport, modern technologies for transport vehicle fault diagnostics, modelling of transport processes, traffic flow theory, computerized transport systems, investigation and reconstruction of traffic accidents, mechanics of vehicle collisions, vehicle and road system dynamics, vehicle transmission and suspension;
  • Railway Transport:
    dynamic loading of rolling stock components, horizontal dynamics of a rolling stock, dynamics of locomotive traction drive, vibroacoustic diagnostics of a rolling stock, rail track safety and management, rail track calculations, analysis of interaction among railway stations and divisions, optimization of train flows, statistical theory of train traffic safety, experiment design and data analysis, automated design systems in transport;
  • Air Transport:
    specialization subject I, specialization subject II, specialization subject III, specialization subject IV, specialization subject V, specialization subject VI;
  • Technical support of transport systems:
    computer simulation and optimization of transport system functioning, computer-aided analysis of damaged construction dynamics, automated methods of optimizing designed products, computer simulation and calculation of the engineering problems of hydro-gas-thermodynamics, technological methods of vehicle reliability enhancement, calculation and design of vehicle precision modular systems, modern technologies for transport vehicle fault diagnostics, damping of oscillations in transport vehicles.

Free choice courses also imply the acquisition of some additional subjects.

The aim of the study program is to prepare highly skilled engineering scientists in the field of transport and communication as well as specialists able to do pedagogical and scientific work, to ensure the renewal and provision of transport field infrastructure with a required number of specialists possessing corresponding qualification as well as to carry out necessary scientific research.

The objectives of the doctoral study program "Transport" are as follows:

  • to provide profound theoretical knowledge in the fundamental directions of transport and communication field;
  • to acquire the skill to carry out scientific research;
  • to acquire the skill of formulating and independently solving scientific problems;
  • to acquire skills for participating in scientific discussions on the topic of a student's thesis and to acquire the ability to join discussions on other scientific topics of the field;
  • to provide knowledge about innovative technical methods (teaching, learning, experience, science, technique, technology, manufacturing);
  • to provide knowledge and skills necessary for pedagogical work;
  • to consolidate the level of foreign language knowledge;
  • to promote the carrying out of internationally significant scientific research and making presentations at international conferences and seminars.


The control over the implementation of the tasks being set is implemented through annual attestation of doctoral students. In order to acquire skills and experience of pedagogical work, all doctoral students of the study programme are involved in the study process by delivering separate lectures to bachelor students, conducting laboratory and practical works, checking and evaluating study and examination works.

After the studies, a doctoral student defends a dissertation that contains new solutions in the field of transport and communication.