The aim of the programme is to prepare academically educated and professionally qualified doctors, who can provide the community with a high level of modern medical care.
This programme is also offered in Latvian.
Programme Fact File
Medical Doctor (MD)
Why study medicine in Latvia? Our Medicine programme is specifically designed to teach students the core competencies that are required in order to become highly skilled doctors who, upon graduation, are capable of pursuing a wide variety of careers.
This programme is characterised by student cooperation and active engagement in group work. Studies involve working on a series of patient-centred problems, revealing the basic principles that influence human health and disease. Medical knowledge and practical clinical skills are gained by giving students the opportunity to work with patients from the 3rd year onwards.
The Faculty of Medicine offers professional education, and the opportunity to study medicine under the guidance of professors from Latvian universities and hospitals, as well as from abroad. As a student of the “Medicine” programme, you will acquire up-to-date knowledge and skills, which are competitive in Europe and the rest of the world.
Study environment and methods
The study programme is comprised of compulsory and elective courses. Studies in medicine take place in small groups of max. 12 people, and studies are divided into three blocks:
- Basic subjects (year 1 to 2)
Theoretical disciplines, which comprise subjects from different fields of sciences – anatomy, histology, physiology, medical chemistry and biochemistry, as well as the humanities – philosophy, psychology, languages.
- Preclinical subjects (year 3)
Disciplines regarding pathological conditions and processes, which already include basic clinical disciplines.
- Clinical subjects (year 4 to 6)
Disciplines that transform the knowledge gained in previous years into clinical skills – a competence that is needed by every modern doctor.
- Basic, clinical, biological and social sciences are taught simultaneously, with communication skills serving as an important part of the curriculum.
- Dissection of cadaver is carried out when studying anatomy of the human body. This draws the study environment closer to real life situations, since, unlike with study models, each cadaver has its unique anatomical features.
- A significant part of study time (~30%) is devoted to the understanding of disease prevention – how a GP-supervised family health service team works and how it promotes patient engagement in healthcare and supports the use of preventive measures, thus noticeably reducing the number of hospitalised patients.
- Technological advances are fostered by systematic use of information technology and the developing of students’ computing skills.
- Professional development and ethics is an integral part of the programme.
- Lifelong learning skills are acquired by systematically using diverse learning approaches.
For more information on the Latvian Education System, please see the homepage of the Academic Information Centre.
Course code Study course title Offered by Course leader Credit points/ETCS CFUBK_010 Adaptation of Bodily Functions Department of Human Physiology and Biochemistry Artūrs Paparde 2 / 3 AURK_040 Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care. Toxicology Department of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care Indulis Vanags 3 / 4.5 FLK_047 Basic Principles of Clinical Trials and Drug Registration Department of Pharmacology Santa Purviņa 2 / 3 FK_068 Basics of 3D Printing Department of Physics Didzis Lauva 2 / 3 SL_002 Basics of Biostatistics Statistical Unit Ieva Reine 2 / 3 MDAK_256 Basics of Clinical Care Department of Nursing and Midwifery Lilija Antoņēviča 2 / 3 GMK_008 Basics of Family Medicine 2 / 3 PEK_037 Basics of Paediatrics I Department of Paediatrics Valda Staņēviča 2 / 3 PEK_038 Basics of Paediatrics II Department of Paediatrics Valda Staņēviča 2 / 3 PEK_057 Basics of Paediatrics III 2 / 3 RAK_018 Basics of Radiology 1 / 1.5 REK_008 Basics of Rehabilitation Department of Rehabilitation Guna Bērziņa 2 / 3 HZK_051 Bioethics 2 / 3 HZK_046 Bioethics in the Movies Department of Humanities Ivars Neiders 2 / 3 SL_001 Biostatistics Statistical Unit Māra Grēve 2 / 3 ISK_215 Clinical Electrogardiography and Introduction to Sports Cardiology Department of Internal Diseases Oskars Kalējs 2 / 3 BUMK_068 Clinical Immunology and Genetics Department of Biology and Microbiology Inese Mihailova 2 / 3 FLK_008 Clinical Pharmacology Department of Pharmacology Santa Purviņa 5 / 7.5 FLK_048 Clinical Pharmacology, Pharmacotherapy, Toxicology Department of Pharmacology Santa Purviņa 2 / 3 REK_095 Clinical Rehabilitation Department of Rehabilitation Illa Mihejeva 1 / 1.5 KPUMTK_001 Clinical Skills Department of Clinical Skills and Medical Technologies Oļegs Sabeļņikovs 1 / 1.5 FKK_036 Cosmetic Chemistry Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry Aneka Kļaviņa 2 / 3 HZK_031 Death and Dying Department of Humanities Uldis Vēgners 2 / 3 DVK_003 Dermatology and Venereology Department of Dermatology and Venereology Elga Sidhoma 2 / 3 DVK_002 Dermatovenerology (Pathology Visualisation, Modern Diagnostics, Therapy Possibilities) Department of Dermatology and Venereology Elga Sidhoma 2 / 3 KK_017 Diagnostics and Treatment of Surgical Diseases (General, Cardiac and Thoracic Surgery) Department of Surgery Guntars Pupelis 3 / 4.5 SUUK_090 Diet for Athletes Signe Rinkule Signe Rinkule 2 / 3 ISK_211 Differential Diagnosis of Endocrine Diseases Department of Internal Diseases Ilze Konrāde 2 / 3 ISK_218 Differential Diagnostics and Current Issues in Treatment of Internal Diseases 3 / 4.5 MK_027 Embryology Māra Pilmane Māra Pilmane 2 / 3 KPUMTK_009 Emergency Situations in Obstetrics Department of Clinical Skills and Medical Technologies Anna Miskova 2 / 3 AUVMK_014 Environmental Medicine Department of Occupational and Environmental Medicine Jeļena Reste 2 / 3 SVUEK_062 Epidemiology Department of Public Health and Epidemiology Ieva Strēle 1 / 1.5 CFUBK_025 Experimental Research in Medical Chemistry Department of Human Physiology and Biochemistry Āris Kaksis 2 / 3 AURK_013 Extreme and Wilderness Medicine Department of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care Viesturs Liguts 2 / 3 AURK_048 First Aid and Civil Defence Department of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care Marina Šarkele 1 / 1.5 ISK_214 Gastroenterology Department of Internal Diseases Juris Pokrotnieks 2 / 3 ISK_061 Haematology Department of Internal Diseases Sandra Lejniece 1 / 1.5 MK_005 Histology Māra Pilmane Māra Pilmane 7 / 10.5 MVI_007 History of Medicine and Life Sciences 1 / 1.5 MK_025 Human Anatomy Department of Morphology Dzintra Kažoka 3 / 4.5 MK_063 Human Anatomy including Dissection Course Department of Morphology Dzintra Kažoka 10 / 15 IUDK_016 Infectious Diseases I Ludmila Vīksna 8 / 12 IUDK_017 Infectious Diseases II Ludmila Vīksna 2 / 3 PEK_050 Infectious Diseases of Children 2 / 3 KPUMTK_003 Interdisciplinary Approach to Emergency Medical Conditions Department of Clinical Skills and Medical Technologies Marina Šarkele 2 / 3 ISK_006 Internal Diseases (Cardiology) Department of Internal Diseases Oskars Kalējs 6 / 9 ISK_213 Internal Diseases I (Gastroenterology, Nephrology, Endocrinology) Department of Internal Diseases Juris Pokrotnieks 7 / 10.5 ISK_199 Introduction to Clinical Medicine Department of Internal Diseases Sergejs Babikovs 2 / 3 KK_008 Introduction to Surgery Department of Surgery Artūrs Ozoliņš 3 / 4.5 VC_105 Latvian Language in Medicine Language Centre Dace Žibala 6 / 9 CFUBK_072 Medical Biochemistry 11 / 16.5 CFUBK_073 Medical Chemistry 4 / 6 ISK_203 Medical Communication 2 / 3 BUMK_048 Medical Genetics Department of Biology and Microbiology Edvīns Miklaševičs 3 / 4.5 BUMK_065 Medical Genetics Department of Biology and Microbiology Edvīns Miklaševičs 4 / 6 FK_041 Medical Laser Physics Department of Physics Lāsma Asare 2 / 3 BUMK_015 Medical Microbiology Department of Biology and Microbiology Juta Kroiča 8 / 12 FK_009 Medical Physics Department of Physics Jevgenijs Proskurins 4 / 6 HZK_003 Medical Sociology Department of Humanities Uldis Vēgners 2 / 3 VC_107 Medical Terminology in Latvian III Language Centre Inga Kaija 2 / 3 VC_108 Medical Terminology in Latvian IV Language Centre Inga Laizāne 2 / 3 VC_116 Medical Terminology in Russian for International Students Language Centre Svetlana Muhejeva 2 / 3 BUMK_013 Medicinal Plants and Their Use Department of Biology and Microbiology Rudīte Koka 2 / 3 PMUPK_019 Mental Health Department of Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy Gunta Ancāne 2 / 3 BUMK_061 Molecular and Cell Biology Department of Biology and Microbiology Zanda Daneberga 3 / 4.5 ISK_219 Nephrology: Familiar and Unknown in Practical Differential Diagnostic Context Department of Internal Diseases Aivars Pētersons 2 / 3 NUNK_017 Neurology Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery Evija Miglāne 4 / 6 NUNK_002 Neurosurgery Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery Rolfs Ozols 1 / 1.5 ORLK_003 Novelties in Otorhinolaryngology Department of Otorhinolaryngology Gunta Sumeraga 2 / 3 KK_028 Novelties in Surgery Department of Surgery Andrejs Brikuns 2 / 3 SUUK_134 Nutrition for Health during Various Stages of Life, Functional Food Department of Sports and Nutrition Laila Meija 2 / 3 DUGK_002 Obstetrics and Gynecology Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Dace Rezeberga 6 / 9 AUVMK_001 Occupational Medicine and Diseases Department of Occupational and Environmental Medicine Jeļena Reste 2 / 3 OFK_003 Ophthalmology Department of Ophthalmology Guna Laganovska 2 / 3 MUSZKK_023 Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Ieva Bāgante 2 / 3 ORTK_001 Orthopaedics Department of Orthopaedics Andris Jumtiņš 4 / 6 ORLK_001 Otorhinolaryngology Department of Otorhinolaryngology Gunta Sumeraga 3 / 4.5 KPUMTK_013 Paediatric Emergencies Department of Clinical Skills and Medical Technologies Reinis Balmaks 2 / 3 PEK_048 Paediatric Emergencies – Advanced Course Department of Paediatrics Reinis Balmaks 2 / 3 PEK_059 Paediatric Neurology Jurģis Strautmanis Jurģis Strautmanis 2 / 3 BKK_002 Paediatric Surgery Department of Paediatric Surgery Arnis Eņģelis 2 / 3 PAK_003 Pathology and Biopsy Course Department of Pathology Ilze Štrumfa 11 / 16.5 VPUPK_297 Pedagogy in Health Care Department of Health Psychology and Paedagogy Zane Krieķe 2 / 3 VPUPK_270 Personality Psychology and Health Department of Health Psychology and Paedagogy Jana Duhovska 2 / 3 HZK_030 Phenomenology of the Body Department of Humanities Uldis Vēgners 2 / 3 CFUBK_059 Physiology Department of Human Physiology and Biochemistry Maija Rumaka 7 / 10.5 CFUBK_069 Physiology 14 / 21 SUUK_178 Pilates Department of Sports and Nutrition Anita Gauruča 2 / 3 MDAK_075 Placement of Clinical Care Department of Nursing and Midwifery Lilija Antoņēviča 2 / 3 ISK_089 Pneumonology Department of Internal Diseases Inga Stuķēna 3 / 4.5 ISK_208 Practical Course in Pneumonology Department of Internal Diseases Inga Stuķēna 2 / 3 NUNK_005 Practical Neurosurgery Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery Kaspars Auslands 2 / 3 RAK_019 Practical Training Course in Abdominal, Thyroid Ultrasonography, and FAST Protocol Using the UltraSim Simulator Department of Radiology Ardis Platkājis 2 / 3 KPUMTK_011 Pre-Clinical Practice in the METC Department of Clinical Skills and Medical Technologies Oļegs Sabeļņikovs 2 / 3 IUDK_009 Problematic Issues in Infectology and Haepatology Ludmila Vīksna 2 / 3 PUNK_005 Psychiatry Department of Psychiatry and Narcology Elmārs Rancāns 3 / 4.5 PMUPK_004 Psychodynamic Processes in the Group Department of Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy Gunta Ancāne 2 / 3 PMUPK_021 Psychosomatics Department of Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy Gunta Ancāne 1 / 1.5 SVUEK_034 Public Health Department of Public Health and Epidemiology Inese Gobiņa 1 / 1.5 SVUEK_121 Research Methodology and Epidemiology Department of Public Health and Epidemiology Ieva Strēle 2 / 3 ISK_207 Rheumatology Department of Internal Diseases Anda Kadiša 2 / 3 ISK_082 Rheumatology Department of Internal Diseases Anna Mihailova 1 / 1.5 VPUPK_266 Self-Efficacy and Self-Regulation Department of Health Psychology and Paedagogy Zane Krieķe 2 / 3 HZK_050 Sexuality Department of Humanities Vents Sīlis 2 / 3 HZK_047 Sexuality Department of Humanities Vents Sīlis 2 / 3 GMK_003 Special Issues of Family Medicine Department of Family Medicine Vija Siliņa 2 / 3 SUUK_091 Sports for Health Andris Eikens Andris Eikens 2 / 3 KPUMTK_002 Standard Situations in Internal Medicine Department of Clinical Skills and Medical Technologies Edijs Šmagris 2 / 3 KK_013 Surgical Diseases I (Emergency and Planned Abdominal, Breast and Endocrine Surgery) Department of Surgery Jānis Gardovskis 4 / 6 KK_014 Surgical Diseases II Department of Surgery Haralds Plaudis 3 / 4.5 KK_002 Topical Issues in Angiology, Thoracic Surgery, Transplantology and Urology Department of Surgery Andrejs Brikuns 2 / 3 ISK_015 Topical Issues in Differential Diagnostics of Internal Diseases Department of Internal Diseases Jūlija Voicehovska 2 / 3 ISK_044 Topical Issues in Gastroenterology and Nephrology Department of Internal Diseases Juris Pokrotnieks 2 / 3 DUGK_012 Topical Issues in Obstetrics and Gynaecology Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Dace Rezeberga 2 / 3 OFK_001 Topical Issues in Ophthalmology Department of Ophthalmology Guna Laganovska 2 / 3 NUNK_001 Topical Problems in Neurology Jānis Mednieks Jānis Mednieks 2 / 3 AURK_047 Topicalities in Clinical Toxicology and Emergency Medicine Department of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care Indulis Vanags 2 / 3 ISK_206 Topicalities in Epidemiology, Diagnostics and Treatment of Oncological Diseases. Differential Diagnosis of Haematological Syndromes Department of Internal Diseases Sandra Lejniece 2 / 3 KK_005 Urology Department of Surgery Linards Rēdmanis 2 / 3
Career opportunities following studies
Upon a successful completion of the six year undergraduate course you will receive your Medical Doctor (MD) degree, which is a primary medical qualification. The MD degree entitles you to continue your professional and academic growth in residency programmes in Latvia, as well as in other countries to train to become a doctor/specialist.
Our graduates have successfully continued their education and professional pursuits in the UK and other EU/EEA member states, as well as in the US (passing, e.g., the ECFMG exams), Australia, Sri Lanka, India, Lebanon, Syria, Israel, Jordan etc. Each country has its own requirements for foreign medical graduates before they can start practicing medicine, or even continue their education in residency programmes, therefore make sure you check the requirements with your country's Medical Council.
The 6-year programme also grants access to doctoral degree programmes.
* A diploma is a document that attests that you have fulfilled all the requirements of the programme, and it is issued along with a Diploma Supplement, which includes information on the content of your studies as well as your academic performance.
Additional information on accreditation
There is no centralised EU accreditation for Universities in Europe. The 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 Medicine and Dentistry, 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. Beside 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.
EC Directives to be considered are as follows:
- Medicine and Dentistry: Directive 2005/36/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 7 September 2005 on the recognition of professional qualifications
- Also this: Notification of evidence of formal qualifications — Directive 2005/36/EC on recognition of professional qualifications (Annex V) (2012/C 244/01)
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.
To become a certified doctor you may continue your studies in the Residency in Medicine programme, choosing the profession that suits you.
Studies may be continued in the RSU Master's and Doctoral programmes (Rehabilitation, Public Health, Health Management only availble in English, Doctoral studies are available in Latvian only):