According to the amendments to the Law on Higher Education Institutions, which came into force on 01.01.2019, the period of accreditation of study programs has been extended. The new accreditation terms can be seen here.
|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|
|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 2020|
|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:
|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.
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)
|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.
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.
Yearly programme costs per student correspond to the tuition fee speciefied above.