Medicine - 2nd level professional higher education study program

  • The study program is based on Scandinavian experience and is based on the principle that the student is the center of studies;
  • Student groups are small and training is personalized;
  • The study program is comprehensive, because, unlike specialized universities, it offers an additional choice of courses, giving the opportunity to gain knowledge in other fields of science, such as foreign languages, psychology, economics, and law, which allows young professionals to compete in the labor market more successfully;
  • As the UL is a research university, students have the opportunity to get involved in scientific projects from the 1st year of studies;
  • Intensive practice for prospective physicians begins in the 3rd year of studies, successfully combining theoretical and practical training. The time of practice in hospitals is not only longer than in other universities, but the training is individual and involves real work with the patient, not just observations.

Program Director

The study curriculum is divided in 3 parts: A part (mandatory subjects), B part (mandatory selection) and C part (electives).

During your studies you will have to take A part subjects worth 333 ECTS (222 Latvian credit points) – Normal anatomy, Inorganic chemistry, Introduction to cell biology, Medical Latin, Introduction to medical studies, Psychology and basics of psychiatry, Physics, Organic chemistry, General and special histology, Basics of genetics, Basics of biochemistry, Medical embriology, Human physiology, Physical and sports medicine, Medical biochemistry, Microbiology, Parasitology, Immunology, General pathology, Molecular genetics, Pharmacology, Propaedeutics of Internal diseases, Environmental protection, Visual diagnostics, Principles of surgery, Internal diseases, Pathology of organs and systems, Obstetrics, Dermatovenerology, Public health and epidemiology, Pediatrics, Gynecology, Infectious diseases, Surgery, Neurology, Urology, Medical history and ethics, Narcology, Ophtalmology, Otorhinolaryngology, Oncology, Radiology, Forensic medicine, Specific Considerations of Surgery and Anesthesiology, Psychiatry, Neurosurgery, Orthopaedics.

B part subjects are worth 15 ECTS (10 Latvian credit points), and C part courses – 12 ECTS (8 Latvian credit points).

During your studies you will also have practice in different areas: Basics of Clinical care (5th semester), Clinical practice (5th, 7th, 8th, 10th, 11th semesters), Emergency medicine and basic life support (6th semester), Practice of Family medicine (12th semester), Practice of Internal diseases (12th semester), Practice of surgery (12th semester).

It is possible to spend a certain study period at another university abroad within the framework of Erasmus+ and other exchange programs.

Medical doctors may work in healthcare institutions, pharmaceutical companies, scientific institutions, and government institutions.

Graduates can continue their studies in medical residency and work under the supervision of a practicing physician to obtain a medical speciality or enter doctoral studies to do research (PhD). You will receive a medical doctor (MD) degree.

6 years or 12 semesters
Tuition fee for the 1st year - 3154 EUR
For the Autumn intake 2022 - 30 state funded budget places
Medical Doctor

General rules (here)

Completed Secondary Education

Competition criteria for persons with an obtained secondary education on year 2004 and onwards:
CE in Latvian
CE in Physics or CE in Chemistry, or CE in Biology
CE in English or CE in French, or CE in German
CE in Maths*
* For persons who have completed secondary education before 2008, the centralized examination in mathematics may be replaced by the annual mark of the secondary education document in mathematics (or the average mark in algebra and geometry)

Competition criteria for persons with an obtained secondary education up to year 2004 (not included) as well as persons who have obtained their secondary education abroad and persons with special needs:
final average grade in Latvian and Literature
final grade in Chemistry or in Biology, or Science
final grade in English or in French, or in German
final average grade in certain subjects

Special conditions: the secondary education document final grades have to be passable (no lower than 4) in 1) Biology, Chemistry or 2) Science

Additional points: LU Young Medic school graduates in years 2021 and 2022 who have acquired a certificate in addition receive 10 points. LU Young Medic school graduates in years 2019 and 2020 who have acquired a certificate in addition receive 5 points

Preferential claims: Latvian state or international Chemistry or Biology Olympiad degree 1 – 3 winners in years 2021 and 2022.