Degree to be achieved: Master of Humanities in Baltic Sea Region Studies
Duration of studies: 2 years
Type of studies: Full time
Amount of credits: 80 credit points or 120 ECTS
European Qualifications Framework (EQF) level: Level 7
International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED) level: Level 7
Language of instruction: English
Accreditation: the program is accredited until 30.06.2024.

Tuition fee

Please note that the University of Latvia is in the process of accreditation of new study programme “Linguistics, Literature and Regional Culture Studies, subprogramme: Baltic Sea Region Studies”. This programme will be offered instead of programme “Baltic Sea Region Studies”. Study agreements will be concluded in the programme "Linguistics, Literature and Regional Culture Studies, subprogram: Baltic Sea Region Studies” after the license will be received in May/June 2021.

The Baltic Sea Region study programme offers in-depth knowledge of the most important cultural and social phenomena of the Baltic Sea Region and their digital resources; it forms a comprehensive understanding of cultural, environmental and social processes, their universal and local manifestations, looking at their development in the context of sustainability.

Students of the programme acquire current research methods in the humanities and social sciences (literary sciences, art sciences, cultural history, cultural theory, sociolinguistics, demography, etc.), as well as basic principles of planning and implementation of sustainable initiatives in the humanitarian and social fields (for example, in the course “Sustainable cultural environment of education”), and can apply them in their professional activities.

Most of the courses are focused on the multifaceted study and research of the Baltic Sea region, focusing more on the eastern part – the Baltics and Finland, as well as not avoiding to look at localities less present in public discourse (for example, divided East Prussia).

Thematically, the programme focuses on

  • literature
  • music
  • audio-visual arts
  • cultural history
  • language situation
  • as well as aspects related to population, environment and tourism ("Sustainable tourism development and product management").

In addition to cross-regional themes, a special attention in the linguistic module is paid to the problems of the Baltic Finns (Estonians, Finns, Livs, etc.). The interdisciplinarity of the programme is ensured not only by the inclusion of different disciplines, but also by cross-cutting themes (e.g. “consequences of totalitarianism and their overcoming”, “island world”, etc.) both within one thematic module and between different modules.

Study period and classes time
The full-time degree programme covers two academic years. Classes are in the evenings of working days from 6.15pm till 9.30pm.

Career opportunities
Graduates of the programme of the Baltic Region Studies will have a possibility to work in various state, non-governmental and private institutions such as government institutions, diplomatic structures, representative offices at the international organizations, e. g. the United Nations, UNESCO, NATO, European Council, etc., economy units, international organizations which have interests in the Baltic region e. g. institutions of higher education and scientific research.

Admission requirements

1. Bachelor’s degree or a diploma proving equivalent level of education from an institution of higher education;
2. English language proficiency.

Enrollment criteria (for students competing for the state-financed study place)
1. The grade obtained in final Bachelor’s exam or the average grade obtained in final exams (40%);
2. The grade point average of undergraduate studies (60%).
Please note! Only EU/EEA/Swiss citizens and EU long-term resident status holders can compete for a state-financed study place.

As a part of the admission process applicants will be asked to participate in an online interview.

More information and Study plan

Autumn Intake (application start: 4 Jan 2021; studies start in Sept 2021)



Contact person for more information

Director of the Programme                
Prof. Valdis Muktupāvels

Coordinator of the Programme               
Agnese Kirovāne
Phone: +371 67034919
Faculty of Humanities
Visvalža iela 4A, Riga, LV-1050