We are pioneers in pharmacy education in Latvia, having offered higher education in the field of pharmaceutical sciences for 90 years now.
To this day we strive to equip our students with knowledge, experience and expertise that are necessary to have professional and critical skills in the use of pharmaceutical products so that they can improve the health and wellbeing of people as well as provide doctors and patients with information on the latest trends in the pharmaceutical sciences.
The Faculty of Pharmacy offers two programmes – undergraduate course "Pharmacy" (in English) and postgraduate course "Clinical Pharmacy" (in Latvian) in two departments:
- Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry
- Department of Dosage Form Technology
The "Pharmacy" course aims to provide students with knowledge about biochemical processes in the human body, changes to it in the event of diseases, the epidemiology of the most common diseases, their aetiology and principles of treatment as well as drug pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, metabolism and interaction.
Head of Study Programme
Baiba Mauriņa, PhD, Associate Professor
Master of Pharmacy (MPh)
10 semesters, 5 years, 300 ECTS
- Clinical Pharmacy
The post-gradruate "Clinical Pharmacy" course has been designed as an integrated study programme, involving branches of biochemistry, genetics, immunology, toxicology, economics, pharmacy and others, in order to solve current problems significant to clinical pharmacists.
Head of Study Programme
Aina Silvija Štokmane, PharmD, Associate Professor
Master’s degree in Health Care
4 semesters, 2 years, 120 ECTS
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The qualification of a pharmacist continues to be amongst the most prestigious areas of study – probably because a pharmacist is a health care professional who is most accessible to the majority of society members, as they are to be found not only in pharmaceutical factories, research institutions and hospitals, but also in the pharmacies of supermarkets and shopping centres, where people oftentimes turn for immediate help. The more knowledgeable the pharmacist, the higher the quality of the information provided and the more he is able to fulfil the demands of his profession. Therefore our pharmacy course is designed to help you acquire work experience in hospitals, pharmacies and pharmaceutical companies, which will guarantee that upon graduation you will be able to start working in the pharmaceutical industry, and ensure the smooth operation of pharmaceutical companies, pharmacies, pharmaceutical wholesalers and various clinics.
Historically, only men were pharmacists or apothecarys, and pharmacy in general was a family profession. This situation has changed many times over the last two hundred years and currently studies in pharmacy have once again become popular among young males as well. Today pharmacy is a dynamic field, where innovation and change will become an integral part of your profession, and all the new achievements in the pharmaceutical sciences will motivate you to continue leargning and exploring throughout your professional life. We can also assume that the continuous tremendous growth of pharmaceutical product assortment will require an increasing need for pharmacists as experts of their field.
In 1919, a Department of Pharmacy was created in the University of Latvia’s Faculty of Chemistry. The organisers and creators of the study plan at the Department of Pharmacy were Masters of Pharmacy Eduards Zariņš (1876–1947), Eduards Svirlovskis (1874–1949) and pharmacist Mārtiņš Pusbarnieks (1880–1952). Pharmacist Dāvis Blūmentāls (1871–1937), Masters of Pharmacy Jānis Kupcis (1871–1936) and Jānis Maizīte (1883–1950) joined them as teaching staff. For the entire first period of independence (1918–1940) pharmaceutical education in Latvia rested on the shoulders of Professors Jānis Maizīte, Jānis Kupcis, Eduards Zariņš and Eduards Svirlovskis. These professors were graduates of Tartu University, pharmacists with decades of teaching experience at Russia’s universities and a reputation as scientists, having trained at various pharmaceutical institutes in European countries, as well as having worked in executive positions connected with clinical pharmacy. A higher education system in pharmacy was created in Latvia, which at that time was one of the best in Europe.
At one point the Faculty of Pharmacy was added to the Faculty of Medicine, and higher education in pharmacy came under the wing of Rīga Medical Institute. The Faculty of Pharmacy has been an integral part of the Rīga Medical Institute, the Medical Academy of Latvia and to this day, the Rīga Stradiņš University.