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Programme code 45420
Field of study Life Sciences
Faculty Faculty of Biology
Obtainable degree Master of Natural Sciences in Biology
Access to further studies Access to Doctoral Studies
Programme director Nils Rostoks
Credits 80 KP or 120 ECTS
Study duration full-time
4 Semesters
Tuition fee starting Autumn semester, 2019 Tuition fee per year - 2000 EUR
Number of students accepted each year Autumn semester 2019
State -funded study places- 50
Autumn semester 2019
Study places for tuition fee - 20
Minimum number of students - 10
Start of studies Autumn 2019
Language of instruction Latvian
Aim and tasks of the study programme

 The aim of the Master’s Study programme in Biology is to provide advanced theoretical and practical knowledge and skills in a particular branch of Biology together with generalized overview on the development of the research in modern Biology. 


The tasks of the programme include:

  • theoretical knowledge and practical skills in one of the branches of Biology: Biochemistry; Biotechnology; Botany; Cell Biology; Ecology; Genetics; Human and Animal Physiology; Hydrobiology; Microbiology; Molecular Biology; Plant Physiology; Zoology;
  • basic skills in the implementation of an innovation related to the research in Biology;
  • proficiency in pursuing research under the conduct of experienced faculty member and summarizing the ensuing results in the Master’s Thesis. 
Learning outcomes of the study programme


Advances in theoretical knowledge and cognitive skills in a particular branch of specialization in Biology, general comprehension about the trends of theoretical and methodological development of modern Biology; knowledge about the possibilities of starting innovative business in branches, which are related to Biology, skills in preparation of business plans;


Research proficiency (planning and executing experiments or data analysis), which is sufficient to pursue targeted experimental work  under supervision of an experienced advisor and aptitude to reflect the obtained results in the form of Master’s Thesis.

Admission requirements

Bachelor's degree in Science, second level professional higher education (or comparable higher education) in Biology, Agricultural Science and Medicine

General rules (here)

Competition evaluation calculation formula: weighted average grade (35 x 10 = 350) + finals total (or average) grade (30 x 10 = 300) + entrance examination (1 x 350 = 350); applicants with an academic Bachelor's degree in Biology can apply with the following competition evaluation formula: weighted average grade (60 x 10 = 600) + finals total (or average) grade (40 x 10 = 400)

Biology   81
Mandatory part   43
Mandatory part   23
Biol5044 Current Problems in Biology: Hypothesis I Exam 2
Biol5046 Current Problems in Biology: Hypothesis II Exam 3
Biol5047 Current Problems in Biology: Methods I Exam 2
Biol5043 Current Problems in Biology: Methods II Exam 3
Biol5025 Bioethics Exam 2
Biol5269 Basic Skills for Innovation Activities Exam 4
Biol5038 Practical Biometry for Biologists Exam 4
Biol5101 Science Communication for Biologists Exam 3
Final examination   20
Biol5272 Master Thesis Work Master`s Thesis 20
Restricted elective courses   37
Biol5166 Physiology of Blood circulation Exam 4
Biol5066 Principles of development biology Exam 3
Biol5012 Soil Ecology Exam 4
Biol5266 Plant - Environment Interactions Exam 4
Biol5262 Plant Tissue Cultures Exam 4
Biol5248 Plant Biochemistry Exam 4
Biol5007 Plant Ecology Exam 4
Biol5050 Introduction and Breeding of Plants Exam 4
Biol5051 Mineral Nutrition of Plants Exam 4
Biol5037 Plant Molecular Genetics Exam 2
Biol5159 Bacterial Diversity Exam 4
Biol5052 Bioindication Exam 4
DatZ6026 Bioinformatics Exam 2
Biol5147 Biocorrosion and Biodegradation Exam 4
Biol5063 Biological Oceanography Exam 3
Biol5057 Biological taxonomy Exam 2
Biol5058 Habitat and species conservation I Exam 3
Biol5061 Habitat and species conservation II Exam 4
Biol6000 Habitat and species conservation III Exam 2
Psih5012 Human Ethology (Biological Foundations of Human Behavior) Exam 2
Biol5293 Human Genome Exam 4
DatZ6051 Data mining Exam 4
DatZ7070 Data mining algorithms Exam 4
DatZ5057 Data processing systems Exam 4
Biol5235 Data Bases for Biologists Exam 3
Biol5255 Data Bases for Biologists Exam 3
DatZ1139 Databases and Information Systems Fundamentals Exam 3
DatZ2017 Data structures and basic algorithms II Exam 2
Biol5045 Animal Ecology I Invertebrate Exam 3
Biol6229 Animal Ecology II Vertebrates Exam 3
Biol5074 Animal Evolution Exam 2
Biol5075 Ecological Monitoring Exam 2
VidZ5040 Ecotoxicology Exam 4
Biol5267 Experiment in Plant Physiology Exam 4
Biol5018 Phytocoenology Exam 4
Biol5135 Protection of Flora Exam 2
Biol5268 Photosynthesis Exam 4
Biol5165 Physiology of the Digestive System Exam 4
Biol5067 Histology II Exam 4
Biol5022 Introduction to Bioinformatics Exam 2
Biol5100 Ichtiology and Fish Ecology Exam 3
Biol5036 Immunology II Exam 4
Biol5041 Limnology Exam 3
Mate1015 Linear Algebra I Exam 2
Biol6002 Biotechnology of Macromycetes Exam 3
DatZ4057 Selected Topics in Machine Learning Exam 2
Biol5289 Medical biotechnology Exam 2
Biol5228 Game Biology and Management Exam 2
Biol5143 Physiology and Biochemistry of Fungi Exam 4
Biol5260 Microbial Bioenergetics and Cultivation Theory Exam 2
Biol5001 Microbial Ecology Exam 4
Biol5027 Methods of Microscopy Exam 3
DatZ5032 Advanced Programming Technologies Exam 4
Biol5102 Model systems in Biomedicine Exam 4
Biol5049 Molecular biology and genetics Exam 4
Biol5042 Molecular Methods in Microbiology Exam 4
Biol6174 Neurophysiology Exam 4
Biol5008 Neuroscience Exam 3
DatZ1053 Operating System Exam 2
Biol5054 Parasitology Exam 2
Biol5245 Applied Bioanalytics Exam 4
DatZ3185 Applied deep learning Exam 2
Biol5076 Applied Entomology Exam 3
Biol5231 Migration and Orientation of Birds Exam 2
Biol5098 Food microbiology for biologists Exam 4
Biol5011 Sports and Extreme Conditions Physiology Exam 3
Biol5097 Seed physiology and ecology Exam 4
Biol5031 Spatial information systems in landscape ecology and planning Exam 4
Biol5010 Behavioural Ecology Exam 3
Mate2012 Probability Theory and Statistics Exam 2
Biol5240 Vascular Plant Taxonomy Exam 4
Biol6140 Regulation of Visceral Functions Exam 4
Biol5055 Introduction to Fish farming Exam 2
Biol5048 Mammalian Cell Cultures Exam 2
Biol5161 Applied genetics Exam 6
Biol5068 Genetic experiment Exam 4
Biol5169 Physiology of the Cell Exam 4
Biol5252 Methods of Cell Biology Exam 4
Biol5253 Advanced Cell Biology Exam 2
Additional courses in civil and environment protection   1
Ķīmi1059 Civil protection Test 1
Science sector Nat.Biology
EKI level 7
Programme practical realization

Throughout the studies different study methods are used: lectures, laboratory works, seminars and discussions, teamwork, student presentations. In the master`s programme it is mainly lectures and seminars.

     In lectures concepts, theories, classification of the particular subbranch of biology is presented. All lectures are prepared by use of MS PowerPoint presentations. Lecture materials are available either in the server of the Faculty of Biology  or E-studies. Attendance of lectures is not compulsary, no registration of a students’ presence is made. 

      In laboratories the necessary equipment and consumables are provided for students to obtain and strengthen the skills and knowledge needed for  the use of  laboratory technologies of the modern biology.  In laboratory work students are provided with such  materials which require individual studies to be understood and analyzed. For the mastering of practical skills essentially important are the experimental projects during elaboration of  Master Thesis.   

      In seminars students obtain experience in presenting their knowledge and in discussions. Seminars are used to control the individual work of students.

      Before starting of the particular study course students are introduced to courses in the study guide.

      Lecturing is given in Latvian, but for Erasmus or other foreign students lectures and seminars  are given in English as well. 

Rating system

All the courses at the Masters programme are evaluated by marking in 4-10 grade scale after every semester,  with ten being the best mark (excellent) and minimum passing result is graded “4” (almost satisfactory”). Exception is the progress in the preparation of Master Thesis project, which is evaluated on pass/non-pass basis.

      All the evaluations is based on the follow up of the student’s learning performance throughout semester, which is assessed in interim tests, control tasks, seminars, quizzes etc. The most common form of the students assessment is a written test. Students are informed about their performance shortly after the test through electronic media – either using mailing lists or the Moodle platform. Examination and discussion on the student’s performance throughout the course are mandatory to obtain the final marking of the course.

      The standards, rules and/or requirements for evaluation of student achievement are clear and accessible.

      Formal evaluation of the student’s achievements takes place in the end of every semester by assigning marks for student’s performance in every subject, although all the final marks are based on the interim evaluation, which takes place throughout the study period. The contribution of every interim evaluation for the final marking is clearly defined within the course descriptions. The final exams are mandatory for every course, most of them are prepared in written form, but the open discussion with the others of the examination papers is considered to be good praxis before the marking is assigned.

      The Master’s Thesis paper is evaluated by the Commission which is formed by the representatives of the Master Study directions, taking into account the suggestions on marking made by the opponent of the work, novelty and practical significance of the performed research, quality of the writing and presentation, evaluation of the students performance by the Thesis supervisor. The principles of the marking of the Master Thesis paper are defined and available both for the students and for the Thesis supervisors.

Programme price

Yearly programme costs per student correspond to the tuition fee speciefied above.