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 BUMK_058 Actualities in Neuroimmunology Department of Biology and Microbiology Viktorija Ķēniņa 2 / 3 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 HZK_023 Anthropolgy of Madness Department of Humanities Vents Sīlis 2 / 3 SL_002 Basics of Biostatistics Andrejs Ivanovs 2 / 3 MDAK_256 Basics of Clinical Care Department of Nursing and Midwifery Lilija Antoņēviča 2 / 3 GMK_002 Basics of Family Medicine Department of Family Medicine Vija Siliņa 3 / 4.5 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_040 Basics of Paediatrics III Department of Paediatrics Valda Staņēviča 3 / 4.5 PEK_046 Basics of Pediatric Cardiology Department of Paediatrics Ingūna Lubaua 2 / 3 RAK_006 Basics of Radiology Department of Radiology Gaida Krūmiņa 2 / 3 RAK_016 Basics of Radiology Department of Radiology Gaida Krūmiņa 1 / 1.5 REK_008 Basics of Rehabilitation Department of Rehabilitation Guna Bērziņa 2 / 3 VC_009 Basics of Russian in Medicine Language Centre Ludmila Jermakoviča 2 / 3 MK_056 Basics of Topographic Anatomy 2 and Functional Embryology Department of Morphology Dzintra Kažoka 2 / 1.5 MK_054 Basics of Topographical Anatomy and Physical Anthropology Department of Morphology Ilva Duļevska 2 / 3 CFUBK_061 Biochemistry Department of Human Physiology and Biochemistry Jeļena Krasiļņikova 4 / 6 HZK_046 Bioethics in the Movies Department of Humanities Ivars Neiders 2 / 3 SL_001 Biostatistics Lāsma Asare 2 / 3 CFUBK_019 Cell Metabolism Department of Human Physiology and Biochemistry Jeļena Krasiļņikova 2 / 3 BUMK_010 Clinical Immunology and Clinical Genetics Department of Biology and Microbiology Inese Mihailova 3 / 4.5 BUMK_012 Clinical Microbiology and Control of Hospital Infections Department of Biology and Microbiology Arta Olga Balode 2 / 3 FLK_008 Clinical Pharmacology Department of Pharmacology Līga Henke 5 / 7.5 REK_095 Clinical Rehabilitation Department of Rehabilitation Illa Mihejeva 2 / 3 KPUMTK_001 Clinical Skills Oļegs Sabeļņikovs 1 / 1.5 ISK_083 Communication Psychology and Skills Department of Internal Diseases Vladimirs Voicehovskis 2 / 3 RAK_015 Contemporary Diagnostic Imaging Department of Radiology Gaida Krūmiņa 1 / 1.5 HZK_031 Death and Dying Department of Humanities Māra Grīnfelde 2 / 3 IUDK_028 Dermatology Department of Infectology and Dermatology Ludmila Vīksna 3 / 4.5 IUDK_010 Dermatovenerology (Pathology Visualisation, Modern Diagnostics, Therapy Possibilities) Department of Infectology and Dermatology Raimonds Karls 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 Department of Sports and Nutrition Signe Rinkule 2 / 3 ISK_200 Differential Diagnostics and Current Issues in Treatment of Internal Diseases (Cardiology) Department of Internal Diseases Jūlija Voicehovska 2 / 3 ISK_202 Differential Diagnostics and Current Issues in Treatment of Internal Diseases (Endocrinology, Hematology, Pulmonology) Department of Internal Diseases Jūlija Voicehovska 2 / 3 ISK_201 Differential Diagnostics and Current Issues in Treatment of Internal Diseases (Nephrology, Gastroenterology, Rheumatology) Department of Internal Diseases Jūlija Voicehovska 3 / 4.5 ISK_002 Electrocardiography Department of Internal Diseases Oskars Kalējs 2 / 3 MK_027 Embryology Department of Morphology Māra Pilmane 2 / 3 AURK_020 Emergency Medicine Department of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care Anita Kalēja 1 / 1.5 KPUMTK_009 Emergency Situations in Obstetrics Anna Miskova 2 / 3 AUVMK_014 Environmental Medicine Department of Occupational and Environmental Medicine Jānis Indulis Dundurs 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 PAK_016 Extended Course in Pathology of Gastrointestinal Diseases (Pathomorphology and Pathological Physiology) Department of Pathology Ilze Štrumfa 2 / 0 PAK_015 Extended Course in Tumour Pathology and Morphological Diagnosis Department of Pathology Ilze Štrumfa 2 / 3 AURK_013 Extreme and Wilderness Medicine Department of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care Viesturs Liguts 2 / 3 AURK_042 First Aid and Civil Defence Department of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care Marina Šarkele 2 / 3 PAK_009 Forensic Medicine Department of Pathology Tatjana Tone 1 / 0 HZK_032 Gene ethics Department of Humanities Ivars Neiders 2 / 3 ISK_061 Haematology Department of Internal Diseases Sandra Lejniece 1 / 1.5 VPUPK_142 Health Behaviour Department of Health Psychology and Paedagogy Kristīne Šneidere 2 / 3 SUUK_118 Healthy Food Preparation Department of Sports and Nutrition Lolita Vija Neimane 2 / 3 MK_005 Histology Department of Morphology Māra Pilmane 7 / 10.5 BUMK_005 Horizontal Gene Transfer Department of Biology and Microbiology Inese Čakstiņa 2 / 3 MK_025 Human Anatomy Department of Morphology Dzintra Kažoka 3 / 4.5 MK_059 Human Anatomy including Prosection Course Department of Morphology Dzintra Kažoka 7 / 10.5 BUMK_059 Immunological and Genetical Aspects of Rare Diseases Department of Biology and Microbiology Nataļja Kurjāne 2 / 3 IUDK_016 Infectious Diseases I Department of Infectology and Dermatology Ludmila Vīksna 8 / 12 IUDK_017 Infectious Diseases II Department of Infectology and Dermatology Ludmila Vīksna 2 / 3 PEK_039 Infectious Diseases of Children Department of Paediatrics Dace Gardovska 2 / 3 KPUMTK_003 Interdisciplinary Approach to Emergency Medical Conditions Marina Šarkele 2 / 3 ISK_006 Internal Diseases (Cardiology) Department of Internal Diseases Oskars Kalējs 6 / 9 ISK_008 Internal Diseases I (Gastroenterology, Nephrology, Endocrinology) Department of Internal Diseases Juris Pokrotnieks 9 / 13.5 ISK_199 Introduction to Clinical Medicine Department of Internal Diseases Sergejs Babikovs 2 / 3 BUMK_007 Introduction to Ecology Department of Biology and Microbiology Vilnis Šķipars 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_065 Medical Chemistry Department of Human Physiology and Biochemistry Agnese Brangule 4 / 6 BUMK_048 Medical Genetics Department of Biology and Microbiology Edvīns Miklaševičs 3 / 4.5 FK_041 Medical Laser Physics Department of Physics Jevgenijs Proskurins 2 / 3 BUMK_015 Medical Microbiology Department of Biology and Microbiology Juta Kroiča 8 / 12 HZK_018 Medical Philosophy and Bioethics Department of Humanities Ivars Neiders 2 / 3 FK_009 Medical Physics Department of Physics Renārs Erts 4 / 6 HZK_003 Medical Sociology Department of Humanities Uldis Vēgners 2 / 3 VC_008 Medical Terminology in Latin Language Centre Aija Zilvestre 2 / 3 VC_010 Medical Terminology in Latvian I Language Centre Inga Laizāne 2 / 3 VC_106 Medical Terminology in Latvian II Language Centre Inga Laizāne 2 / 3 VC_107 Medical Terminology in Latvian III Language Centre Inga Laizāne 2 / 3 VC_108 Medical Terminology in Latvian IV Language Centre Inga Laizāne 2 / 3 VC_006 Medical Terminology in Russian Language Centre Ludmila Jermakoviča 2 / 3 VC_004 Medical Terminology in the English Language Miervaldis Karulis 4 / 6 BUMK_013 Medicinal Plants and Their Use Department of Biology and Microbiology Rudīte Koka 2 / 3 HZK_048 Mindfulness in Medicine Department of Humanities Vents Sīlis 2 / 3 BUMK_056 Molecular Biology Department of Biology and Microbiology Zanda Daneberga 3 / 4.5 FK_032 Nanotechnologies in Medicine Department of Physics Renārs Erts 2 / 3 NUNK_003 Neurology Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery Evija Miglāne 3 / 4.5 NUNK_002 Neurosurgery Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery Rolfs Ozols 1 / 1.5 SUUK_049 Nordic Walking Department of Sports and Nutrition Irēna Upeniece 2 / 3 ORLK_003 Novelties in Otorhinolaryngology Ligija Ķīse 2 / 3 KK_028 Novelties in Surgery Department of Surgery Andrejs Brikuns 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 Jānis Indulis Dundurs 2 / 3 ISK_030 Oncology Department of Internal Diseases Iveta Kudaba 1 / 1.5 OFK_003 Ophthalmology Department of Ophthalmology Guna Laganovska 2 / 3 MUSZKK_020 Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Ģirts Šalms 1 / 1.5 ORTK_001 Orthopaedics Department of Orthopaedics Andris Jumtiņš 4 / 6 ORLK_001 Otorhinolaryngology Ligija Ķīse 3 / 4.5 KPUMTK_008 Paediatric Emergencies Reinis Balmaks 2 / 3 BKK_002 Paediatric Surgery Department of Paediatric Surgery Arnis Eņģelis 2 / 3 AURK_034 Pain Medicine Department of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care Ināra Logina 2 / 3 PAK_003 Pathology and Biopsy Course Department of Pathology Ilze Štrumfa 11 / 15 VPUPK_169 Personality and Health Department of Health Psychology and Paedagogy Jana Duhovska 2 / 3 HZK_004 Personality Psychology Department of Humanities Māra Grīnfelde 2 / 3 HZK_030 Phenomenology of the Body Department of Humanities Uldis Vēgners 2 / 3 HZK_039 Philosophical anthropology Department of Humanities Vija Sīle 2 / 3 FK_031 Physical Principles of Structure and Use of Medical Equipment Department of Physics Kaspars Kaprāns 2 / 3 CFUBK_059 Physiology Department of Human Physiology and Biochemistry Maija Rumaka 7 / 10.5 CFUBK_052 Physiology of Sensory Systems Department of Human Physiology and Biochemistry Artūrs Paparde 2 / 3 SUUK_128 Pilates Department of Sports and Nutrition Anita Gauruča 2 / 3 KK_027 Placement Department of Surgery Linda Dzintare 2 / 3 MF_044 Placement Faculty of Medicine Inga Stuķēna 1 / 1.5 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 NUNK_005 Practical Neurosurgery Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery Kaspars Auslands 2 / 3 KPUMTK_011 Pre-Clinical Practice in the METC Oļegs Sabeļņikovs 2 / 3 IUDK_009 Problematic Issues in Infectology and Haepatology Department of Infectology and Dermatology 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 / 1.5 PMUPK_005 Psychosomatic Medicine 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 RAK_005 Recent Developments in Diagnostic Radiology in Diagnosing Neurological, Muscolosceletal, Abdominal and Urological Disorders and Polytrauma Department of Radiology Gaida Krūmiņa 1 / 1.5 MF_002 Research Paper Faculty of Medicine 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 Jeļena Ļubenko 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 KPUMTK_002 Standard Situations in Internal Medicine Edijs Šmagris 2 / 3 MF_009 State Examination Faculty of Medicine 10 / 15 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 MVI_005 The History of Medicine and Life Sciences Institute of the History of Medicine Maija Pozemkovska 2 / 3 KK_002 Topical Issues in Angiology, Thoracic Surgery, Transplantology and Urology Department of Surgery Andrejs Brikuns 2 / 3 ISK_019 Topical Issues in Cardiology and Pulmonology Department of Internal Diseases Inga Stuķēna 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 Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery Evija Miglāne 2 / 3 KPUMTK_005 Ultrasonographic Diagnostics of Abdominal and Neck Pathology by Using ULTRASIM Simulator Arturs Balodis 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):