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About Study Course

Credit points / ECTS:1 / 1.5
Course supervisor:Māra Pilmane
Study type:Full time
Course level:Master's
Target audience:Dentistry
Language:English, Latvian
Branch of science:Clinical Medicine; Histology and Cytology


Students develop understanding of the development of embryology; basic human development (fertilization, implantation, bi- and trilaminar embryo, placentation, development of three germ layers); of the main cellular, subcellular and molecular processes (induction, determination, differentiation and growth), and of processes at all stages of embryogenesis and fetogenesis. Students develop understanding of histogenesis and organogenesis of particular tissues and organs. Students acquire knowledge of critical periods, critical factors and different congenital and developmental anomalies that arise at different periods of intrauterine life. Students acquire knowledge of achievements in modern experimental embryology and their practical use in daily work of a doctor, and of the elements and significance of comparative embryology.


Biology, histology, anatomy and genetics.

Learning outcomes


On successful completion of the study course 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.


The student will be able to determine the abnormalities of the human system and organs under a microscope, but will recognize the developmental stages of the face, jaw and neck, as well as the sensory organs, analyze their correspondence to the time of development and standard embryonic structures. Will be able to assess possible teratogenic effects. Will be able to describe embryological schemes. Will be able to interpret and analyze course databases and cited literature sources.


Students will be able to recognize embryonic tissue and organ morphology and structure in clinical specimens. They can 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
Dentistry, SSNSF3Master’sRequiredMāra Pilmane
Dentistry, ZF3Master’sRequiredMāra Pilmane
Planning period:Year 2024, Spring semester
Study programmeStudy semesterProgram levelStudy course categoryLecturersSchedule
Dentistry, SSNSFz3Master’sRequiredMāra Pilmane