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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
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.

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.


Course codeStudy course titleOffered byCourse leaderCredit points/ETCS
BUMK_058Actualities in NeuroimmunologyDepartment of Biology and MicrobiologyViktorija Ķēniņa2 / 3
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
HZK_023Anthropolgy of MadnessDepartment of HumanitiesVents Sīlis2 / 3
SL_002Basics of BiostatisticsAndris Avotiņš2 / 3
MDAK_256Basics of Clinical CareDepartment of Nursing and MidwiferyLilija Antoņēviča2 / 3
GMK_002Basics of Family MedicineDepartment of Family MedicineVija Siliņa3 / 4.5
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_046Basics of Pediatric CardiologyDepartment of PaediatricsIngūna Lubaua2 / 3
RAK_006Basics of RadiologyDepartment of RadiologyGaida Krūmiņa2 / 3
REK_008Basics of RehabilitationDepartment of RehabilitationGuna Bērziņa2 / 3
VC_009Basics of Russian in MedicineLanguage CentreLudmila Jermakoviča2 / 3
MK_056Basics of Topographic Anatomy 2 and Functional EmbryologyDepartment of MorphologyDzintra Kažoka2 / 1.5
MK_054Basics of Topographical Anatomy and Physical AnthropologyDepartment of MorphologyIlva Duļevska2 / 3
CFUBK_061BiochemistryDepartment of Human Physiology and BiochemistryJeļena Krasiļņikova4 / 6
CFUBK_061BiochemistryDepartment of Human Physiology and BiochemistryJeļena Krasiļņikova4 / 6
HZK_046Bioethics in the MoviesDepartment of HumanitiesIvars Neiders2 / 3
SL_001BiostatisticsLāsma Asare2 / 3
SUUK_032Cardiac Fitness and Strength Training EquipmentDepartment of Sports and NutritionVoldemārs Arnis2 / 3
CFUBK_019Cell MetabolismDepartment of Human Physiology and BiochemistryJeļena Krasiļņikova2 / 3
BUMK_010Clinical Immunology and Clinical GeneticsDepartment of Biology and MicrobiologyInese Mihailova3 / 4.5
BUMK_012Clinical Microbiology and Control of Hospital InfectionsDepartment of Biology and MicrobiologyArta Olga Balode2 / 3
FLK_008Clinical PharmacologyDepartment of PharmacologyLīga Henke5 / 7.5
REK_095Clinical RehabilitationDepartment of RehabilitationIlla Mihejeva2 / 3
KPUMTK_001Clinical SkillsOļegs Sabeļņikovs1 / 1.5
ISK_083Communication Psychology and SkillsDepartment of Internal DiseasesVladimirs Voicehovskis2 / 3
RAK_015Contemporary Diagnostic ImagingDepartment of RadiologyGaida Krūmiņa1 / 1.5
HZK_031Death and DyingDepartment of HumanitiesUldis Vēgners2 / 3
IUDK_028DermatologyDepartment of Infectology and DermatologyLudmila Vīksna3 / 4.5
IUDK_010Dermatovenerology (Pathology Visualisation, Modern Diagnostics, Therapy Possibilities)Department of Infectology and DermatologyRaimonds Karls2 / 3
PUNK_015Diagnostics and Treatment of Psychical Disorders in Primary CareDepartment of Psychiatry and NarcologyElmārs Tērauds2 / 3
KK_017Diagnostics and Treatment of Surgical Diseases (General, Cardiac and Thoracic Surgery)Department of SurgeryGuntars Pupelis3 / 4.5
SUUK_090Diet for AthletesDepartment of Sports and NutritionSigne Rinkule2 / 3
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
ISK_002ElectrocardiographyDepartment of Internal DiseasesOskars Kalējs2 / 3
MK_027EmbryologyDepartment of MorphologyMāra Pilmane2 / 3
AURK_020Emergency MedicineDepartment of Anaesthesiology and Intensive CareAnita Kalēja1 / 1.5
KPUMTK_009Emergency Situations in ObstetricsAnna Miskova2 / 3
AUVMK_014Environmental MedicineDepartment of Occupational and Environmental MedicineJānis Indulis Dundurs2 / 3
SVUEK_062EpidemiologyDepartment of Public Health and EpidemiologyIeva Strēle1 / 1.5
CFUBK_025Experimental Research in Medical ChemistryDepartment of Human Physiology and BiochemistryĀris Kaksis2 / 3
PAK_016Extended Course in Pathology of Gastrointestinal Diseases (Pathomorphology and Pathological Physiology)Department of PathologyIlze Štrumfa2 / 0
PAK_015Extended Course in Tumour Pathology and Morphological DiagnosisDepartment of PathologyIlze Štrumfa2 / 3
AURK_013Extreme and Wilderness MedicineDepartment of Anaesthesiology and Intensive CareViesturs Liguts2 / 3
AURK_042First Aid and Civil DefenceDepartment of Anaesthesiology and Intensive CareMarina Šarkele2 / 3
PAK_009Forensic MedicineDepartment of PathologyTatjana Tone1 / 0
HZK_032Gene ethicsDepartment of HumanitiesIvars Neiders2 / 3
ISK_061HaematologyDepartment of Internal DiseasesSandra Lejniece1 / 1.5
VPUPK_142Health BehaviourDepartment of Health Psychology and PaedagogyJana Duhovska2 / 3
SUUK_117Health GymnasticsDepartment of Sports and NutritionMaruta Hoferte2 / 3
SUUK_118Healthy Food PreparationDepartment of Sports and NutritionLiene Sondore2 / 3
MK_005HistologyDepartment of MorphologyMāra Pilmane7 / 10.5
BUMK_005Horizontal Gene TransferDepartment of Biology and MicrobiologyInese Čakstiņa2 / 3
MK_025Human AnatomyDepartment of MorphologyDzintra Kažoka3 / 4.5
MK_059Human Anatomy including Prosection CourseDepartment of MorphologyDzintra Kažoka7 / 10.5
MK_059Human Anatomy including Prosection CourseDepartment of MorphologyDzintra Kažoka7 / 10.5
BUMK_059Immunological and Genetical Aspects of Rare DiseasesDepartment of Biology and MicrobiologyNataļja Kurjāne2 / 3
IUDK_016Infectious Diseases IDepartment of Infectology and DermatologyLudmila Vīksna8 / 12
IUDK_017Infectious Diseases IIDepartment of Infectology and DermatologyLudmila Vīksna2 / 3
PEK_039Infectious Diseases of ChildrenDepartment of PaediatricsDace Gardovska2 / 3
KPUMTK_003Interdisciplinary Approach to Emergency Medical ConditionsMarina Šarkele2 / 3
ISK_006Internal Diseases (Cardiology)Department of Internal DiseasesOskars Kalējs6 / 9
ISK_008Internal Diseases I (Gastroenterology, Nephrology, Endocrinology)Department of Internal DiseasesJuris Pokrotnieks9 / 13.5
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_065Medical ChemistryDepartment of Human Physiology and BiochemistryAgnese Brangule4 / 6
CFUBK_065Medical ChemistryDepartment of Human Physiology and BiochemistryAgnese Brangule4 / 6
BUMK_048Medical GeneticsDepartment of Biology and MicrobiologyEdvīns Miklaševičs3 / 4.5
FK_041Medical Laser PhysicsDepartment of PhysicsJevgenijs Proskurins2 / 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_010Medical Terminology in Latvian ILanguage CentreInga Laizāne2 / 3
VC_106Medical Terminology in Latvian IILanguage CentreInga Laizāne2 / 3
VC_107Medical Terminology in Latvian IIILanguage CentreInga Laizāne2 / 3
VC_108Medical Terminology in Latvian IVLanguage CentreInga Laizāne2 / 3
VC_006Medical Terminology in RussianLanguage CentreLudmila Jermakoviča2 / 3
VC_004Medical Terminology in the English LanguageMiervaldis Karulis4 / 6
BUMK_013Medicinal Plants and Their UseDepartment of Biology and MicrobiologyRudīte Koka2 / 3
PMUPK_019Mental healthDepartment of Psychosomatic Medicine and PsychotherapyGunta Ancāne2 / 3
HZK_048Mindfulness in MedicineDepartment of HumanitiesVents Sīlis2 / 3
BUMK_061Molecular and Cell BiologyDepartment of Biology and MicrobiologyZanda Daneberga3 / 4.5
BUMK_056Molecular BiologyDepartment of Biology and MicrobiologyZanda Daneberga3 / 4.5
FK_032Nanotechnologies in MedicineDepartment of PhysicsKaspars Kaprāns2 / 3
NUNK_003NeurologyDepartment of Neurology and NeurosurgeryEvija Miglāne3 / 4.5
NUNK_002NeurosurgeryDepartment of Neurology and NeurosurgeryRolfs Ozols1 / 1.5
SUUK_049Nordic WalkingDepartment of Sports and NutritionIrēna Upeniece2 / 3
ORLK_003Novelties in OtorhinolaryngologyLigija Ķīse2 / 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 Rezeberga6 / 9
AUVMK_001Occupational Medicine and DiseasesDepartment of Occupational and Environmental MedicineJānis Indulis Dundurs2 / 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
ORTK_001OrthopaedicsDepartment of OrthopaedicsAndris Jumtiņš4 / 6
ORLK_001OtorhinolaryngologyGunta Sumeraga3 / 4.5
KPUMTK_008Paediatric EmergenciesReinis Balmaks2 / 3
BKK_002Paediatric SurgeryDepartment of Paediatric SurgeryArnis Eņģelis2 / 3
AURK_034Pain MedicineDepartment of Anaesthesiology and Intensive CareInāra Logina2 / 3
PAK_003Pathology and Biopsy CourseDepartment of PathologyIlze Štrumfa11 / 15
VPUPK_169Personality and HealthDepartment of Health Psychology and PaedagogyJana Duhovska2 / 3
HZK_004Personality PsychologyDepartment of HumanitiesMāra Grīnfelde2 / 3
FF_024Pharmaceutical FormulationsFaculty of PharmacyKonstantīns Logviss2 / 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_052Physiology of Sensory SystemsDepartment of Human Physiology and BiochemistryArtūrs Paparde2 / 3
SUUK_128PilatesDepartment of Sports and NutritionAnita Gauruča2 / 3
KK_027PlacementDepartment of SurgeryLinda Dzintare2 / 3
MF_044PlacementFaculty of MedicineInga Stuķēna1 / 1.5
MDAK_075Placement of Clinical CareDepartment of Nursing and MidwiferyLilija Antoņēviča2 / 3
ISK_089PneumonologyDepartment of Internal DiseasesInga Stuķēna3 / 4.5
NUNK_005Practical NeurosurgeryDepartment of Neurology and NeurosurgeryKaspars Auslands2 / 3
KPUMTK_011Pre-Clinical Practice in the METCOļegs Sabeļņikovs2 / 3
IUDK_009Problematic Issues in Infectology and HaepatologyDepartment of Infectology and DermatologyLudmila Vīksna2 / 3
PUNK_005PsychiatryDepartment of Psychiatry and NarcologyElmārs Rancāns3 / 4.5
PMUPK_004Psychodynamic processes in the groupDepartment of Psychosomatic Medicine and PsychotherapyGunta Ancāne2 / 1.5
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
RAK_005Recent Developments in Diagnostic Radiology in Diagnosing Neurological, Muscolosceletal, Abdominal and Urological Disorders and PolytraumaDepartment of RadiologyGaida Krūmiņa1 / 1.5
MF_002Research PaperFaculty of Medicine2 / 3
VPUPK_266Self-Efficacy and Self-RegulationDepartment of Health Psychology and PaedagogyJeļena Ļubenko2 / 3
HZK_047SexualityDepartment of HumanitiesVents Sīlis2 / 3
GMK_003Special Issues of Family MedicineDepartment of Family MedicineVija Siliņa2 / 3
SUUK_084Sports and GamesDepartment of Sports and NutritionIndra Vīnberga2 / 3
KPUMTK_002Standard Situations in Internal MedicineEdijs Šmagris2 / 3
MF_009State ExaminationFaculty of Medicine10 / 15
KK_013Surgical Diseases I (Emergency and Planned Abdominal, Breast and Endocrine Surgery)Department of SurgeryJānis Gardovskis4 / 6
KK_014Surgical Diseases IIDepartment of SurgeryHaralds Plaudis3 / 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 Rezeberga2 / 3
OFK_001Topical Issues in OphthalmologyDepartment of OphthalmologyGuna Laganovska2 / 3
NUNK_001Topical Problems in NeurologyDepartment of Neurology and NeurosurgeryEvija Miglāne2 / 3
KPUMTK_005Ultrasonographic Diagnostics of Abdominal and Neck Pathology by Using ULTRASIM SimulatorArturs Balodis2 / 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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