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About Study Course

Credit points / ECTS:2 / 3
Course supervisor:Māra Pilmane
Study type:Full time
Course level:Master's
Target audience:Medicine
Language:English, Latvian
Branch of science:Clinical Medicine; Histology and Cytology


To develop understanding of general, special and functional embryology; development of cells, tissue and organs. To form an understanding of the histogenesis and organogenesis of specific tissues and systems.


Biology and medical cell biology, histology, anatomy, genetics.

Learning outcomes


On successful course completion students will be able to demonstrate understanding of embryology and significance of prenatal diagnostic methods, to describe structural features of primordia in tissue and organs at different developmental stages, to define risk periods in histo- and organogenesis, and to analyse the most often observed developmental anomalies.


Students will be able to detect microscopically primordia of the tissue and/or organs and approximate stage of development, to use embryological schemes and to evaluate the possible structure adequacy to the intrauterine stage.


Students will be able to recognise embryonic tissue and organ morphology and structure in clinical specimens. They will be able to analyse variations at different stages of embryonic development and distinguish between healthy and pathological tissues in specimens. The students will be able to estimate the significance of various inducers on the developmental processes with respect to postnatal life.

Study course planning

Planning period:Year 2023, Autumn semester
Study programmeStudy semesterProgram levelStudy course categoryLecturersSchedule
Medicine, SSNMFz4Master’sRequiredMāra Pilmane, Sandra Skuja, Mārtiņš Vaivads, Anna Junga, Helēna Freijere-Pope, Līva Auziņa
Planning period:Year 2024, Spring semester
Study programmeStudy semesterProgram levelStudy course categoryLecturersSchedule
Medicine, SSNMF4Master’sRequiredMāra Pilmane
Medicine, MF4Master’sRequiredMāra Pilmane