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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
5 years
36 paid

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.

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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



Course codeStudy course titleOffered byCourse leaderCredit points/ETCS
CFUBK_074Biochemistry in Dentistry2 / 3
FK_040Biomaterials in DentistryDepartment of PhysicsTatjana Glaskova-Kuzmina1 / 1.5
SL_004BiostatisticsStatistical UnitMāra Grēve2 / 3
ZTMVK_022CariologyDepartment of Conservative Dentistry and Oral HealthInguna Rence-Bambīte6 / 9
KPUMTK_010Civil and Environmental Protection, First AidDepartment of Clinical Skills and Medical TechnologiesOļegs Sabeļņikovs2 / 3
MMK_018Clinics and Morphology of the Diseases of Skin and Oral MucosaDepartment of Oral MedicineIngrīda Čēma3 / 4.5
MMK_022Communication Culture in DentistryDepartment of Oral MedicineIngrīda Čēma2 / 3
MMK_004Complex Treatment of Oral PathologyDepartment of Oral MedicineIngrīda Čēma3 / 4.5
ISK_038Dental Problems in Clinical RheumatologyDepartment of Internal DiseasesVladimirs Voicehovskis1 / 1.5
AURK_017Disaster Medicine. Toxicology and NarcologyDepartment of Anaesthesiology and Intensive CareViesturs Liguts1 / 1.5
BUMK_004DNA in VitroDepartment of Biology and MicrobiologyErika Nagle2 / 3
ZTMVK_019Effective Communication with Patient in Paediatric DentistryLīga KroniņaLīga Kroniņa2 / 3
MK_057EmbryologyMāra PilmaneMāra Pilmane1 / 1.5
AUVMK_015Environmental and Occupational HealthDepartment of Occupational and Environmental MedicineŽanna Martinsone2 / 3
CFUBK_020General Medical ChemistryDepartment of Human Physiology and BiochemistryMihails Haļitovs2 / 3
KK_006General SurgeryDepartment of SurgeryArtūrs Ozoliņš1 / 1.5
MK_062HistologyMāra PilmaneMāra Pilmane5 / 7.5
MK_051Human AnatomyDepartment of MorphologyDzintra Kažoka5 / 7.5
BUMK_045Human Molecular BiologyDepartment of Biology and MicrobiologyRudīte Koka4 / 6
ZTMVK_054Indirect Tooth Restoration (ITR) or MicroprosthodonticsDepartment of Conservative Dentistry and Oral HealthInguna Rence-Bambīte2 / 3
IUDK_012Infectious DiseasesLudmila Vīksna2 / 3
ZPK_017Integrated DentistryDepartment of Prosthetic DentistryUna Soboļeva8 / 12
ISK_063Internal Diseases and PropaedeuticsDepartment of Internal DiseasesVladimirs Voicehovskis4 / 6
VC_104Latvian Language in DentistryLanguage CentreInga Laizāne5 / 7.5
MMK_007Manifestation of Systemic Diseases in Oral MucosaDepartment of Oral MedicineIngrīda Čēma1 / 1.5
MUSZKK_003Maxillofacial SurgeryDepartment of Oral and Maxillofacial SurgeryIlze Akota2 / 3
CFUBK_005Medical BiochemistryDepartment of Human Physiology and BiochemistryKalvis Brangulis3 / 4.5
BUMK_016Medical GeneticsDepartment of Biology and MicrobiologyMiki Nakazawa-Miklaševiča3 / 4.5
FK_067Medical Laser PhysicsDepartment of PhysicsLāsma Asare2 / 3
FK_048Medical PhysicsDepartment of PhysicsDidzis Lauva2 / 3
VC_063Medical Terminology in LatinLanguage CentreAija Zilvestre2 / 3
VC_087Medical Terminology in LatvianLanguage CentreInga Laizāne2 / 3
VC_006Medical Terminology in RussianLanguage CentreLudmila Jermakoviča2 / 3
BUMK_013Medicinal Plants and Their UseDepartment of Biology and MicrobiologyRudīte Koka2 / 3
BUMK_018Microbiology, Immunology, VirologyDepartment of Biology and MicrobiologyDace Rezevska3 / 4.5
MMK_021Morphoclinical Diagnostics of Oral PathologiesDepartment of Oral MedicineAldis Rozenblats2 / 3
MUSZKK_010Obstructive Sleep Apnoea SyndromeDepartment of Oral and Maxillofacial SurgeryJuris Svaža2 / 3
ZTMVK_035Oral and Maxillofacial Diagnostic RadiologyDepartment of Conservative Dentistry and Oral HealthLaura Neimane4 / 6
MUSZKK_021Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery I2 / 3
MUSZKK_022Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery II2 / 0
MUSZKK_017Oral and Maxillofacial Surgical Anatomy and SurgeryDepartment of Oral and Maxillofacial SurgeryIlze Akota2 / 3
BUMK_022Oral MicrobiologyDepartment of Biology and MicrobiologyDagnija Rostoka1 / 1.5
ORK_011Orthodontics IDepartment of OrthodonticsGundega Jākobsone4 / 6
ORK_012Orthodontics IIDepartment of OrthodonticsGundega Jākobsone2 / 3
ORK_013Orthodontics IIIDepartment of OrthodonticsGundega Jākobsone2 / 3
ORLK_004Otorhinolaryngology in DentistryDepartment of OtorhinolaryngologyGunta Sumeraga2 / 3
PEK_006PaediatricsDepartment of PaediatricsJana Pavāre2 / 3
HZK_004Personality Psychology2 / 3
HZK_040Philososphical AnthropologyDepartment of HumanitiesUldis Vēgners2 / 3
REK_188Physiotherapy in DentistryDepartment of RehabilitationDaina Šmite2 / 3
SUUK_128PilatesDepartment of Sports and NutritionAnita Gauruča2 / 3
ZTMVK_008Preclinical and Clinical Course in PeriodontologyDepartment of Conservative Dentistry and Oral HealthInguna Grīnvalde5 / 7.5
ZTMVK_051Preclinical Course in Operative Dentistry IDepartment of Conservative Dentistry and Oral HealthSandra Bērziņa2 / 3
ZTMVK_052Preclinical Course in Operative Dentistry IIDepartment of Conservative Dentistry and Oral HealthSandra Bērziņa2 / 3
ZTMVK_053Preclinical Course in Operative Dentistry IIIDepartment of Conservative Dentistry and Oral HealthSandra Bērziņa2 / 3
ZPK_018Preclinical Course in Prosthetic Dentistry IDepartment of Prosthetic DentistryGints Krāģis5 / 7.5
ZPK_020Preclinical Course in Prosthetic Dentistry IIIKārlis OzoliņšKārlis Ozoliņš4 / 6
ZTMVK_046Preventive Dentistry IDepartment of Conservative Dentistry and Oral HealthAnda Brinkmane2 / 3
ZTMVK_047Preventive Dentistry IIDepartment of Conservative Dentistry and Oral HealthAnda Brinkmane1 / 1.5
ZTMVK_048Preventive Dentistry IIIDepartment of Conservative Dentistry and Oral HealthAnda Brinkmane1 / 1.5
ZPK_015Prosthetic Dentistry - ClinicDepartment of Prosthetic DentistryUna Soboļeva5 / 7.5
PMUPK_008Psychosomatic Medicine and PsychotherapyDepartment of Psychosomatic Medicine and PsychotherapyGunta Ancāne2 / 3
ZTMVK_049Public Health Care in Dentistry IDepartment of Conservative Dentistry and Oral HealthEgita Senakola2 / 3
ZTMVK_050Public Health Care in Dentistry IIDepartment of Conservative Dentistry and Oral HealthEgita Senakola1 / 1.5
SUUK_091Sports for HealthAndris EikensAndris Eikens2 / 3
ZTMVK_057Therapeutic Dentistry5 / 7.5

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.


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