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5 years (10 semesters)

Credit points:

300 ECTS


Full-time studies

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Faculty of Pharmacy


The professional study programme Pharmacy aims to provide students with knowledge about biochemical processes in the human body, changes in the event of diseases, the epidemiology of the most common diseases in Latvia, their aetiology and principles of treatment as well as drug pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, metabolism and interaction.

"Rīga Stradiņš University will be a great place of study for those who want to proceed working successfully in the labour market, as well as for those who want to continue their academic or research career. I feel priviliged that I could undergo my placement at pharmaceutical company Olainfarm, and learn about their work, and experience the entire pharmaceutical production process."


– Zanda Upeniece, Pharmacy alumna


Aims & Structure

Aim of the programme

The programme 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.

Main objectives of the programme:

  • Convey knowledge about the basic principles of pharmaceutical care and the implementation methods of drug output, analysis and value assessment.
  • Help learn the principles and methods of drug preparation in pharmacies and drug production enterprises.
  • Provide students with knowledge about the methods for providing society and health care employees with professionally competent information.
  • Help students learn how to plan and conduct scientific research, write scientific articles and reviews.

Course structure

The study programme is comprised of compulsory and elective courses and can be divided into 3 blocks:

  • chemistry
  • medicine
  • pharmacy, which included both compulsory and elective courses. 

In the first two years students study:

  • primarily chemistry – inorganic, organic, and medical chemistry, qualitative and quantitative analysis, medical biochemistry;
  • basics of medicine – anatomy, cytology and genetics, normal and pathological physiology, microbiology, environmental health
  • advanced mathematics, computer literacy, physics, medical and pharmaceutical terminology in Latin, plant and animal biology, philosophical anthropology.

In the 3rd and 4th year students study:

  • pharmaceutical subjects like pharmacognosis, pharmaceutical chemistry, dosage form technology, practical pharmacy, social pharmacy and legal aspects of pharmaceutics; 

In the 5th year students spend six months in placement, working in a pharmacy, during which students deepen their theoretical knowledge, and acquire skills for their future work. At the end of th 5th year students must present and defend their research paper, and pass several national degree exams. 

For more informaiton on Latvian Education System, please see the homepage of Academic Information Centre.


Below you can read examples of courses, which you will study over the course of your degree. For more detailed information, please see the study plan of each year.

You can read the study plan of each year below:

Typical Year One
Compulsory coursesPlus one of the following elective courses
  • Introduction to Pharmacy and Placement in Propaedeutics 
  • Placement in Propaedeutics 
  • Introduction to Pharmacy 
  • Inorganic Chemistry 
  • Cytology and Genetics 
  • Mathematics and Informatics 
  • Latin Language 
  • Human Anatomy 
  • Plant and Animal Biology 
  • Communication Psychology 
  • English Language 
  • Organic Chemistry 
  • Qualitative Analysis
  • Microbiology 
  • Physics
  • Medical Terminology in Russian 
  • Introduction to the History of Pharmacy 
  • Sports for Health 
  • Systematics of Angiosperms 
  • Medical Terminology in Latvian 
  • Philosophical Anthropology


Typical Year Two
Compulsory coursesPlus one of the following elective courses
  • History of Pharmacy and Placement in Propaedeutics 
  • History of Pharmacy 
  • Placement in Propaedeutics 
  • English Language 
  • Organic Chemistry 
  • Microbiology 
  • Quantitative Analysis 
  • Normal Physiology 
  • Physical Pharmacy 
  • Medical Biochemistry 
  • Pharmacognosy with Phytopharmacy Course 
  • Pathology 
  • Environmental Health 
  • Study Placement in Pharmacognosy
  • Sports for Health 
  • Pharmacist's Ethics and Deontology 
  • Chemistry and Cosmetics 
  • Instrumental Methods of Analysis 
  • Special Physiology


Typical Year Three
Compulsory coursesPlus one of the following elective courses
  • Pharmaceutical Chemistry 
  • Medical Chemistry 
  • Medical Biochemistry 
  • Pharmacognosy with Phytopharmacy Course 
  • Pathology 
  • Pharmaceutical Dosage Form Technologies 
  • Pharmacology 
  • Industrial Dosage Form Technologies 
  • Healthcare Goods 
  • Clinical Research
  • Clinical Pharmacy 
  • Psychosomatic Medicine and Basics of Psychotherapy 
  • History of Latvian Pharmaceutical Education 
  • History of Pharmacy in Latvia 
  • Medicinal Mineral Waters and Mud 
  • Drug Registration


Typical Year Four
Compulsory coursesPlus one of the following elective courses
  • Pharmaceutical Chemistry 
  • Pharmacotherapy 
  • Toxicological Chemistry 
  • Industrial Dosage Form Technologies and Placement 
  • Industrial Dosage Form Technologies 
  • Placement 
  • Practical Pharmacy and Pharmacy Law 
  • Disaster Medicine and Toxicology and First Aid 
  • Pharmaceutical Information 
  • Social Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Care 
  • Public Health and Epidemiology 
  • Integrated Pharmaceutical Chemistry 
  • Pharmacogenetics 
  • Specific Dosage Forms 
  • Veterinary Pharmaceutical Legislation 
  • Pharmacy Informatics 
  • Gerontopharmacology 
  • Express Diagnosis of Poisoning 
  • Pharmacy Policy and Economics


Typical Year Five
Compulsory coursesPlus one of the following elective courses
  • State Placement 
  • Research Paper, State Examination 
  • Research Project 
  • Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Pharmacognosy 
  • Pharmacology, Pharmacotherapy, Pharmaceutical Care 
  • Dosage Form Technology and Practical Pharmacy
  • Clinical Oncology 
  • Hospital Pharmacy 
  • Perspective Dosage Forms



Upon graduation

Upon the successful completion of the five year programme, you will be conferred the degree of Master of Pharamcy (MPh). A pharmacist’s degree is comparable to a Master's degree, and the Diploma* in Pharmacy issued by RSU complies with the Council of Europe’s and the Parliament’s Directive No. 2005/36/EC on the recognition of professional qualifications. Graduates have the right to work unsupervised, as well as to continue their studies in Doctoral study programmes, or to supplement their knowledge in the academic programme “Clinical Pharmacy”.

After graduation you will:

  1. possess knowledge about methods for obtaining, analysis and determination of efficacy of medicinal products;

  2. are able to inform about and apply the aforementioned methods in pharmacies and pharmaceutical companies;

  3. are competent in ensuring of the movement of medicinal products in healthcare system;

  4. evaluate the impact of manufacturing and storing conditions on the quality of medicinal products;

  5. explain the effects of medicinal products in a correct and clear way, their use, metabolism, side effects, give answers to questions related to their use to both professionals and non-professionals of the field of health care by combining and in particular cases using basic knowledge acquired during study courses by regarding patient safety and wellbeing as a priority; 

  6. independently analyse complicated situations and make decisions in providing and organising pharmaceutical care, executing scientific researches, carrying out self-assessment analysis on a regular basis; 

  7. follow amendments in legal enactments of the Republic of Latvia regulating the field of pharmacy, follow current normative documents of the European Union in the field of health and recommendations set by the World Health Organisation and observe them in own pharmaceutical work;

  8. use professional information sources in pharmacy and, upon interpreting and evaluating scientific data in the field of medicinal products, provide evidence-based information about medicinal products and their rational and safe use; 

  9. apply basic principles of business and marketing in the pharmaceutical work and apply information technologies necessary for the professional work, 

  10. plan scientific research by using current scientific findings, develop projects, develop and standardise dosage forms, develop scientific publications and reviews, manage the work of junior scientific staff, auxiliary staff, assistant to the pharmacist, 

  11. take responsibility for own continuous professional development and consider it to be an obligation of each professional pharmacist, participate in activities related to continuing education on a regular basis, 

  12. foster the development of pharmaceutical care and contribute to the raising of prestige of the profession of pharmacist, participate in the discussions about significant public decisions

  13. within the framework of own competence, carry out popularisation of healthy life style and disease prevention by drawing special attention to the risk groups; execute express diagnostics and be full-fledged member of healthcare team and cooperate with other healthcare professionals on the basis of mutual respect.


Our graduates work as pharmacists in pharmacies and laboratories, as sales representatives in varous pharmaceutical and medical companies, as well as in other institutions that are involved with pharmaceutical legislation or research. And many of them have successfully continued their education and professional pursuits also in other related fields, e.g., biomedicine, clinical pharmacy, public health, and nutrition.

* Diploma is a document that atttests that you have fulfilled all the requirements of the programme, and it is issued along with Diploma Supplement, which includes infromation on the content of your studies as well as your academic performance. You can see Diploma Supplement sample here.

Additional information on accreditation

There is no centralised EU accreditation for Universities in Europe. Universities, including Rīga Stradiņš University, are accredited locally by the Ministry of Education and Science with international experts present. RSU study programmes receive official accreditation every 6 years. In addition, all RSU study programmes in regulated professions, including Pharmacy, are developed according to EU directives on regulated professions.

Secondly, given that Latvia has been an EU member state since 2004, The Convention on the Recognition of Qualifications concerning Higher Education in the European Region, usually referred to as the Lisbon Convention, applies also to Latvian universities, including RSU. Besides, many others, the main point of the Lisbon Convention is as follows: holders of qualifications issued in one EU member state shall have adequate access to an assessment of these qualifications in another EU member state.

In short, the Lisbon Convention, and the fact that RSU is an officially accredited state University, ensures that qualifications obtained at Rīga Stradiņš University are recognised in all EU and EEA member states. 

Entry criteria

1. Completed secondary education

To apply, you must have completed secondary education (secondary/high-school diploma). This usually grants university entrance qualification, which qualifies you for university study - this basically means that you have acquired a secondary-school certificate that makes you eligible to continue your studies at a university in your home country or abroad.

We require that you have studied at least two semesters, and acquired a passing grade in Chemistry. Please note that we accept both - exam grades or final semester grades.

Please see minimum requirements for secondary education (pages 22-26). 

2. English language requirements

All applicants, except native English speakers, must demonstrate their English language proficiency by submitting documents that testify their knowledge of English. Preferably you should submit one of the following certificates with a minimum score of

GCSE (or GCE) C level
Cambridge First Certificate in English Level B2 (CEFR)
Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English Level B2 (CEFR)

NB! International English proficiency certificates and corresponding test results are valid for 2 years. 

If none of the above applies, you may submit a substitute certificate or other proof of English language proficiency; e.g.,if you have studied English at Secondary School, the grade from the Secondary School Official Transcript may also be accepted, provided that the grade received is very good or excellent; however, in case of any doubts, RSU reserves the rights to ask for an official language certificate as listed above.

3. Age restriction

There is no age restriction to apply for studies at RSU. However, please note medical studies in general, and at RSU in particular, are very demanding and rigorous. The study process will require your full attention at all times, individual studies on everyday basis, excellent memory and determination.If during the RSU application period and before coming to Riga to start your studies you are under age (you have not turned 18 yet), in accordance with Latvian law you need a legal guardian in Latvia until you come of age, i.e., turn 18.The guardian can be:

  • a citizen of the Republic of Latvia, who is at least 18 years old,
  • a citizen of an EU/EEA state that can legally reside in Latvia, and who is at least 18 years old,
  • other residents of Latvia with a permanent residence permit or a temporary residence permit that covers full duration of your planned stay in Latvia, and are at least 18 years old.

Your parents need to sign a document prepared and issued by a notary which states that your parents authorise (full name, personal code, passport No. or your guardian’s residence card number and validity period) a certain person to be your legal guardian in Latvia until you come of age. For further details please contact the notary offices of your country. 



Introduction to Pharmacy and Placement in Propaedeutics

Placement in Propaedeutics

Introduction to Pharmacy

Inorganic Chemistry

Cytology and Genetics

Mathematics and Informatics

Latin Language

Human Anatomy

Plant and Animal Biology

Communication Psychology

English Language

Organic Chemistry

Qualitative Analysis



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