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Programme Fact File

Study direction:
Health Care
Second level study programme
accredited until
Degree conferred:
Medical Doctor (MD)
Language: English
Credit points/ECTS: 240/360
Study location: Rīga
6 years
Weekdays
8:00–20:00
Places:
200 paid

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.

Programme Brochure

Study environment and methods

Study environment

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.

Study methods

  • 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.

Syllabus

Course codeStudy course titleĪstenotājsKursa vadītājsCredit points/ETCS
CFUBK_010Adaptation of Bodily FunctionsDepartment of Human Physiology and BiochemistryArtūrs Paparde2 / 3
AURK_040Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care. ToxicologyDepartment of Anaesthesiology and Intensive CareIndulis Vanags3 / 4.5
FLK_047Basic Principles of Clinical Trials and Drug RegistrationDepartment of PharmacologySanta Purviņa2 / 3
FK_068Basics of 3D PrintingDepartment of PhysicsDidzis Lauva2 / 3
SL_002Basics of BiostatisticsStatistical UnitIeva Reine2 / 3
MDAK_256Basics of Clinical CareDepartment of Nursing and MidwiferyLilija Antoņēviča2 / 3
GMK_008Basics of Family MedicineDepartment of Family MedicineVija Siliņa2 / 3
PEK_037Basics of Paediatrics IDepartment of PaediatricsValda Staņēviča2 / 3
PEK_038Basics of Paediatrics IIDepartment of PaediatricsValda Staņēviča2 / 3
PEK_040Basics of Paediatrics IIIDepartment of PaediatricsValda Staņēviča3 / 4.5
PEK_057Basics of Paediatrics IIIDepartment of PaediatricsValda Staņēviča2 / 3
RAK_018Basics of RadiologyDepartment of RadiologyArdis Platkājis1 / 1.5
REK_008Basics of RehabilitationDepartment of RehabilitationGuna Bērziņa2 / 3
VC_009Basics of Russian in MedicineLanguage CentreSvetlana Muhejeva2 / 3
CFUBK_061BiochemistryDepartment of Human Physiology and BiochemistryJeļena Krasiļņikova4 / 6
HZK_051BioethicsDepartment of HumanitiesIvars Neiders2 / 3
HZK_046Bioethics in the MoviesDepartment of HumanitiesIvars Neiders2 / 3
SL_001BiostatisticsStatistical UnitMāra Grēve2 / 3
CFUBK_019Cell MetabolismDepartment of Human Physiology and BiochemistryJeļena Krasiļņikova2 / 3
ISK_215Clinical Electrogardiography and Introduction to Sports CardiologyDepartment of Internal DiseasesOskars Kalējs2 / 3
BUMK_068Clinical Immunology and GeneticsDepartment of Biology and MicrobiologyInese Mihailova2 / 3
FLK_008Clinical PharmacologyDepartment of PharmacologySanta Purviņa5 / 7.5
FLK_048Clinical Pharmacology, Pharmacotherapy, ToxicologyDepartment of PharmacologySanta Purviņa2 / 3
REK_095Clinical RehabilitationDepartment of RehabilitationIlla Mihejeva1 / 1.5
KPUMTK_001Clinical SkillsDepartment of Clinical Skills and Medical TechnologiesOļegs Sabeļņikovs1 / 1.5
ISK_083Communication Psychology and SkillsDepartment of Internal DiseasesVladimirs Voicehovskis2 / 3
FKK_036Cosmetic ChemistryDepartment of Pharmaceutical ChemistryAneka Kļaviņa2 / 3
HZK_031Death and DyingDepartment of HumanitiesUldis Vēgners2 / 3
DVK_003Dermatology and VenereologyDepartment of Dermatology and VenereologyElga Sidhoma2 / 3
DVK_002Dermatovenerology (Pathology Visualisation, Modern Diagnostics, Therapy Possibilities)Department of Dermatology and VenereologyElga Sidhoma2 / 3
KK_017Diagnostics and Treatment of Surgical Diseases (General, Cardiac and Thoracic Surgery)Department of SurgeryHaralds Plaudis3 / 4.5
SUUK_090Diet for AthletesDepartment of Sports and NutritionSigne Rinkule2 / 3
ISK_211Differential Diagnosis of Endocrine DiseasesDepartment of Internal DiseasesIlze Konrāde2 / 3
ISK_218Differential Diagnostics and Current Issues in Treatment of Internal Diseases Department of Internal DiseasesJūlija Voicehovska3 / 4.5
ISK_200Differential Diagnostics and Current Issues in Treatment of Internal Diseases (Cardiology)Department of Internal DiseasesJūlija Voicehovska2 / 3
ISK_202Differential Diagnostics and Current Issues in Treatment of Internal Diseases (Endocrinology, Hematology, Pulmonology)Department of Internal DiseasesJūlija Voicehovska2 / 3
ISK_201Differential Diagnostics and Current Issues in Treatment of Internal Diseases (Nephrology, Gastroenterology, Rheumatology)Department of Internal DiseasesJūlija Voicehovska3 / 4.5
MK_027EmbryologyDepartment of MorphologyMāra Pilmane2 / 3
AURK_020Emergency MedicineDepartment of Anaesthesiology and Intensive CareAnastasija Fjodorova2 / 3
KPUMTK_009Emergency Situations in ObstetricsDepartment of Clinical Skills and Medical TechnologiesAnna Miskova2 / 3
AUVMK_014Environmental MedicineDepartment of Occupational and Environmental MedicineJeļena Reste2 / 3
SVUEK_062EpidemiologyDepartment of Public Health and EpidemiologyIeva Strēle1 / 1.5
CFUBK_025Experimental Research in Medical ChemistryDepartment of Human Physiology and BiochemistryĀris Kaksis2 / 3
AURK_013Extreme and Wilderness MedicineDepartment of Anaesthesiology and Intensive CareViesturs Liguts2 / 3
AURK_048First Aid and Civil DefenceDepartment of Anaesthesiology and Intensive CareMarina Šarkele1 / 1.5
ISK_214GastroenterologyDepartment of Internal DiseasesJuris Pokrotnieks2 / 3
ISK_061HaematologyDepartment of Internal DiseasesSandra Lejniece1 / 1.5
MK_005HistologyDepartment of MorphologyMāra Pilmane7 / 10.5
MVI_007History of Medicine and Life SciencesInstitute of the History of MedicineJuris Salaks1 / 1.5
MK_025Human AnatomyDepartment of MorphologyDzintra Kažoka3 / 4.5
MK_063Human Anatomy including Dissection CourseDepartment of MorphologyDzintra Kažoka10 / 15
MK_059Human Anatomy including Prosection CourseDepartment of MorphologyDzintra Kažoka7 / 10.5
IUDK_016Infectious Diseases IDepartment of InfectologyLudmila Vīksna8 / 12
IUDK_017Infectious Diseases IIDepartment of InfectologyLudmila Vīksna2 / 3
PEK_039Infectious Diseases of ChildrenDepartment of PaediatricsDace Gardovska2 / 3
PEK_050Infectious Diseases of ChildrenDepartment of PaediatricsDace Gardovska2 / 3
KPUMTK_003Interdisciplinary Approach to Emergency Medical ConditionsDepartment of Clinical Skills and Medical TechnologiesMarina Šarkele2 / 3
ISK_006Internal Diseases (Cardiology)Department of Internal DiseasesOskars Kalējs6 / 9
ISK_213Internal Diseases I (Gastroenterology, Nephrology, Endocrinology)Department of Internal DiseasesJuris Pokrotnieks7 / 10.5
ISK_199Introduction to Clinical MedicineDepartment of Internal DiseasesSergejs Babikovs2 / 3
BUMK_007Introduction to EcologyDepartment of Biology and MicrobiologyVilnis Šķipars2 / 3
KK_008Introduction to SurgeryDepartment of SurgeryArtūrs Ozoliņš3 / 4.5
VC_105Latvian Language in MedicineLanguage CentreDace Žibala6 / 9
CFUBK_072Medical BiochemistryDepartment of Human Physiology and BiochemistryDace Reihmane11 / 16.5
CFUBK_073Medical ChemistryDepartment of Human Physiology and BiochemistryAgnese Brangule4 / 6
ISK_203Medical CommunicationDepartment of Internal DiseasesVladimirs Voicehovskis2 / 3
BUMK_048Medical GeneticsDepartment of Biology and MicrobiologyEdvīns Miklaševičs3 / 4.5
BUMK_065Medical GeneticsDepartment of Biology and MicrobiologyEdvīns Miklaševičs4 / 6
FK_041Medical Laser PhysicsDepartment of PhysicsLāsma Asare2 / 3
BUMK_015Medical MicrobiologyDepartment of Biology and MicrobiologyJuta Kroiča8 / 12
HZK_018Medical Philosophy and BioethicsDepartment of HumanitiesIvars Neiders2 / 3
FK_009Medical PhysicsDepartment of PhysicsJevgenijs Proskurins4 / 6
HZK_003Medical SociologyDepartment of HumanitiesUldis Vēgners2 / 3
VC_008Medical Terminology in LatinLanguage CentreAija Zilvestre2 / 3
VC_117Medical Terminology in LatinLanguage CentreAija Zilvestre2 / 3
VC_129Medical Terminology in Latvian for International StudentsLanguage CentreInga Laizāne2 / 3
VC_106Medical Terminology in Latvian IILanguage CentreInga Laizāne2 / 3
VC_107Medical Terminology in Latvian IIILanguage CentreInga Znotiņa2 / 3
VC_108Medical Terminology in Latvian IVLanguage CentreInga Laizāne2 / 3
VC_116Medical Terminology in Russian for International StudentsLanguage CentreSvetlana Muhejeva2 / 3
BUMK_013Medicinal Plants and Their UseDepartment of Biology and MicrobiologyRudīte Koka2 / 3
PMUPK_019Mental HealthDepartment of Psychosomatic Medicine and PsychotherapyGunta Ancāne2 / 3
BUMK_061Molecular and Cell BiologyDepartment of Biology and MicrobiologyZanda Daneberga3 / 4.5
ISK_219Nephrology: Familiar and Unknown in Practical Differential Diagnostic ContextDepartment of Internal DiseasesAivars Pētersons2 / 3
NUNK_017NeurologyDepartment of Neurology and NeurosurgeryDaina Pastare4 / 6
NUNK_002NeurosurgeryDepartment of Neurology and NeurosurgeryRolfs Ozols1 / 1.5
ORLK_003Novelties in OtorhinolaryngologyDepartment of OtorhinolaryngologyGunta Sumeraga2 / 3
KK_028Novelties in SurgeryDepartment of SurgeryAndrejs Brikuns2 / 3
SUUK_134Nutrition for Health during Various Stages of Life, Functional FoodDepartment of Sports and NutritionLaila Meija2 / 3
DUGK_002Obstetrics and GynecologyDepartment of Obstetrics and GynaecologyDace Rezeberga 6 / 9
AUVMK_001Occupational Medicine and DiseasesDepartment of Occupational and Environmental MedicineJeļena Reste2 / 3
ISK_030OncologyDepartment of Internal DiseasesIveta Kudaba1 / 1.5
OFK_003OphthalmologyDepartment of OphthalmologyGuna Laganovska2 / 3
MUSZKK_020Oral and Maxillofacial SurgeryDepartment of Oral and Maxillofacial SurgeryĢirts Šalms1 / 1.5
MUSZKK_023Oral and Maxillofacial SurgeryDepartment of Oral and Maxillofacial SurgeryIeva Bāgante2 / 3
ORTK_001OrthopaedicsDepartment of OrthopaedicsAndris Jumtiņš4 / 6
ORLK_001OtorhinolaryngologyDepartment of OtorhinolaryngologyGunta Sumeraga3 / 4.5
KPUMTK_013Paediatric EmergenciesDepartment of Clinical Skills and Medical TechnologiesReinis Balmaks2 / 3
KPUMTK_008Paediatric EmergenciesDepartment of Clinical Skills and Medical TechnologiesReinis Balmaks2 / 3
PEK_048Paediatric Emergencies – Advanced CourseDepartment of PaediatricsReinis Balmaks2 / 3
PEK_059Paediatric NeurologyDepartment of PaediatricsJurģis Strautmanis2 / 3
BKK_002Paediatric SurgeryDepartment of Paediatric SurgeryArnis Eņģelis2 / 3
PAK_003Pathology and Biopsy CourseDepartment of PathologyIlze Štrumfa11 / 16.5
VPUPK_297Pedagogy in Health CareDepartment of Health Psychology and PaedagogyZane Krieķe2 / 3
HZK_004Personality PsychologyDepartment of HumanitiesMāra Grīnfelde2 / 3
VPUPK_270Personality Psychology and HealthDepartment of Health Psychology and PaedagogyJana Duhovska2 / 3
HZK_030Phenomenology of the BodyDepartment of HumanitiesUldis Vēgners2 / 3
HZK_039Philosophical anthropologyDepartment of HumanitiesVija Sīle2 / 3
FK_031Physical Principles of Structure and Use of Medical EquipmentDepartment of PhysicsKaspars Kaprāns2 / 3
CFUBK_059PhysiologyDepartment of Human Physiology and BiochemistryMaija Rumaka7 / 10.5
CFUBK_069PhysiologyDepartment of Human Physiology and BiochemistryPēteris Tretjakovs14 / 21
SUUK_178PilatesDepartment of Sports and NutritionAnita Gauruča2 / 3
KK_034PlacementDepartment of SurgeryLinda Dzintare1 / 1.5
MDAK_075Placement of Clinical CareDepartment of Nursing and MidwiferyLilija Antoņēviča2 / 3
ISK_089PneumonologyDepartment of Internal DiseasesInga Stuķēna3 / 4.5
ISK_208Practical Course in PneumonologyDepartment of Internal DiseasesInga Stuķēna2 / 3
NUNK_005Practical NeurosurgeryDepartment of Neurology and NeurosurgeryKaspars Auslands2 / 3
RAK_019Practical Training Course in Abdominal, Thyroid Ultrasonography, and FAST Protocol Using the UltraSim SimulatorDepartment of RadiologyArdis Platkājis2 / 3
KPUMTK_011Pre-Clinical Practice in the METCDepartment of Clinical Skills and Medical TechnologiesOļegs Sabeļņikovs2 / 3
IUDK_009Problematic Issues in Infectology and HaepatologyDepartment of InfectologyLudmila Vīksna2 / 3
PUNK_005PsychiatryDepartment of Psychiatry and NarcologyElmārs Rancāns3 / 4.5
PMUPK_004Psychodynamic Processes in the GroupDepartment of Psychosomatic Medicine and PsychotherapyGunta Ancāne2 / 3
PMUPK_005Psychosomatic MedicineDepartment of Psychosomatic Medicine and PsychotherapyGunta Ancāne2 / 3
PMUPK_021PsychosomaticsDepartment of Psychosomatic Medicine and PsychotherapyGunta Ancāne1 / 1.5
SVUEK_034Public HealthDepartment of Public Health and EpidemiologyInese Gobiņa1 / 1.5
SVUEK_121Research Methodology and EpidemiologyDepartment of Public Health and EpidemiologyMirdza Kursīte2 / 3
ISK_207RheumatologyDepartment of Internal DiseasesAnda Kadiša2 / 3
ISK_082RheumatologyDepartment of Internal DiseasesAnda Kadiša1 / 1.5
VPUPK_266Self-Efficacy and Self-RegulationDepartment of Health Psychology and PaedagogyJeļena Ļubenko2 / 3
HZK_050SexualityDepartment of HumanitiesVents Sīlis2 / 3
HZK_047SexualityDepartment of HumanitiesVents Sīlis2 / 3
GMK_003Special Issues of Family MedicineDepartment of Family MedicineVija Siliņa2 / 3
SUUK_091Sports for HealthDepartment of Sports and NutritionAndris Eikens2 / 3
KPUMTK_002Standard Situations in Internal MedicineDepartment of Clinical Skills and Medical TechnologiesEdijs Šmagris2 / 3
KK_013Surgical Diseases I (Emergency and Planned Abdominal, Breast and Endocrine Surgery)Department of SurgeryJānis Gardovskis4 / 6
KK_014Surgical Diseases IIDepartment of SurgeryKaspars Zeiza3 / 4.5
MVI_005The History of Medicine and Life SciencesInstitute of the History of MedicineMaija Pozemkovska2 / 3
KK_002Topical Issues in Angiology, Thoracic Surgery, Transplantology and UrologyDepartment of SurgeryAndrejs Brikuns2 / 3
ISK_019Topical Issues in Cardiology and PulmonologyDepartment of Internal DiseasesInga Stuķēna2 / 3
ISK_015Topical Issues in Differential Diagnostics of Internal DiseasesDepartment of Internal DiseasesJūlija Voicehovska2 / 3
ISK_044Topical Issues in Gastroenterology and NephrologyDepartment of Internal DiseasesJuris Pokrotnieks2 / 3
DUGK_012Topical Issues in Obstetrics and GynaecologyDepartment of Obstetrics and GynaecologyDace Rezeberga 2 / 3
OFK_001Topical Issues in OphthalmologyDepartment of OphthalmologyGuna Laganovska2 / 3
NUNK_001Topical Problems in NeurologyDepartment of Neurology and NeurosurgeryJānis Mednieks2 / 3
AURK_047Topicalities in Clinical Toxicology and Emergency MedicineDepartment of Anaesthesiology and Intensive CareIndulis Vanags2 / 3
ISK_206Topicalities in Epidemiology, Diagnostics and Treatment of Oncological Diseases. Differential Diagnosis of Haematological SyndromesDepartment of Internal DiseasesSandra Lejniece2 / 3
KK_005UrologyDepartment of SurgeryLinards Rēdmanis2 / 3

Admissions requirements

Study bases

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:

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.

Further studies

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):

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