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Programme Fact File

Study direction:
Health Care
Second level study programme
accredited until
Degree conferred:
Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS)
Language: English
Credit points/ECTS: 200/300
Study location: Rīga
Full time on-site
5 years
P. O. T. C. Pk.
24 government subsidised places
8 paid places

The study programme provides a platform for the acquisition of the skills required for examination of a patient’s oral cavity and teeth, identification of dental problems and for undergoing complex dental treatment – restorative treatment of a defective tooth or replacement with a dental implant (dental prosthetics). Students also acquire knowledge on how to analyse clinical cases, solve dental problems and master skills for carrying out dental public health activities.


Study environment and methods

Study environment 

Dental students can be proud of one of the most sophisticated study bases in Northern Europe. The dentistry study programme emphasises the importance of first undergoing practice on simulation models prior to working in a clinic in real life conditions. Almost every high-level dental clinic has its own work standards that can only be complied with by graduates with profound theoretical knowledge and regular practical training.

The study process is devoted to the acquisition of profound practical and theoretical knowledge, presentations at workshops, building of dentist-patient and staff relationships and the quality of clinical case presentations.

We pay special attention to the practical training of prospective dentists and offer comprehensive and varied support for the acquisition of practical skills and competences – consultations, classes, individual work with 3D simulation devices and mannequins.

Study methods

The study programme is based on a student-centred approach towards learning where particular attention is devoted to the acquisition of research-based and substantiated knowledge and treatment methods (evidence-based dentistry, medicine) and close cooperation of students with leading dentistry specialists and lecturers.

The five-year long study programme comprises multiple study modes - lectures, workshops, laboratory work, practical classes, clinical practice, anamnesis, presentations of clinical cases, preparation and presentation of research projects. Students have access to PCs, simulation devices and mannequins, multimedia and interactive boards.

Study bases

Study options following studies

After the successful completion of national examinations you will qualify to be awarded a certificate by the Latvian Dental Association and practice general dentistry. The main employer of RSU graduates is the RSU Institute of Stomatology - the largest dentistry clinic in Latvia with the widest range of services.



Studies at RSU have helped me grow professionally as well as helped to form my character.  During my studies I had the opportunity to gain knowledge and new skills in the ERASMUS+ exchange programme in Norway. My study years have taught me to believe in myself - just when you think you have reached your limit, then you find out that you can do more. Because my aim is to become a high level professional in my speciality, I don't want my growth to stop. 

Karīna Kopmane-Račko, RSU Institute of Stomatology 

Admissions requirements


Further studies

Studies may be continued in the graduate medical training programme:

  • Orthodontics
  • Paediatric dentistry
  • Periodontology
  • Endodontics
  • Prosthodontics

or in the Doctoral programme Medicine.


Head of Programme

Teaching Staff

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