Degree Courses at University of Latvia

 

Courses offered at the University of Latvia for international exchange students: http://www.lu.lv/eng/istudents/exchange/courses/

Programmes offered at the University of Latvia for international degree seeking students: http://www.lu.lv/eng/istudents/degree/study/

Programmes offered at the University of Latvia for PhD level international students: http://www.lu.lv/eng/istudents/doctoral/study-programmes/

Doctoral schools at the University of Latvia: http://www.lu.lv/eng/istudents/doctoral/doctoral-schools/

 

 

 

 

Master’s degree programme in Biology

Faculty: Faculty of Biology

Degree to be achieved: Master degree of Life sciences in Biology

Study programme director: prof. Indriķis Muižnieks

Study programme in the amount of credit points: 120 ECTS

Study programme form: full time–lectures take place according to the schedule set by the department (12-14 contact hours per week), duration of one lecture- 90 minutes. The rest of the time students study individually.

Duration of study programme: 4 semesters

 

Courses offered during the programme:


 

Title

ECTS

Physiology of Blood circulation

6

Soil Ecology

6

Plant - Environment Interactions

6

Plant Tissue Cultures

6

Plant Biochemistry

6

Plant Ecology

6

Introduction and Breeding of Plants

6

Mineral Nutrition of Plants

6

Plant Molecular Genetics

3

Bacterial Diversity

6

Bioethics

3

Bioindication

6

Biocorrosion and Biodegradation

6

Current Problems in Biology: Hypothesis I

3

Current Problems in Biology: Hypothesis II

4.5

Current Problems in Biology: Methods I

3

Current Problems in Biology: Methods II

4.5

Biological Oceanography

4.5

Biological taxonomy

3

Habitat and species conservation I

4.5

Habitat and species conservation II

6

Habitat and species conservation III

3

Human Genome

6

Data Bases for Biologists

4.5

Data Bases for Biologists

4.5

Animal Ecology I Invertebrate

4.5

Animal Ecology II Vertebrates

4.5

Animal Evolution

3

Ecological Monitoring

3

Ecological Biochemistry and Toxicology

4.5

Experiment in Plant Physiology

6

Enzymology

6

Phytocoenology

6

Fundamentals of experimental methods in physiology I

6

Protection of Flora

3

Photosynthesis

6

Physiology of the Digestive System

6

Applied genetics

9

Introduction to Bioinformatics

3

Immunology II

6

Limnology

4.5

Biotechnology of Macromycetes

4.5

Game Biology and Management

3

Physiology and Biochemistry of Fungi

6

Microbial Bioenergetics and Cultivation Theory

3

Microbial Ecology

6

Methods of Microscopy

4.5

Molecular biology and genetics

6

Molecular Methods in Microbiology

6

Neurophysiology

6

Neuroscience

4.5

Parasitology

3

Food microbiology*

9

Applied Bioanalytics

6

Practical Biometry for Biologists

6

Applied Entomology

4.5

Sports and Extreme Conditions Physiology

4.5

Physiology of the Cell

6

Methods of Cell Biology

6

Advanced Cell Biology

3

Spatial information systems in landscape ecology and planning

6

Behavioural Ecology

4.5

Vascular Plant Taxonomy

6

Regulation of Visceral Functions

6

Mammalian Cell Cultures

3

 

Master's Degree Programme OPTOMETRY

Degree to be achieved   Professional Master Degree in Clinical Optometry, qualification “Optometrist”

Duration of studies          2 years

Part-time

Amount of credits            120 ECTS

Language of instruction English

Director of the Programme:       

Tuition fee

 

The professional Master's programme Optometry offers multidisciplinary studies based on visual science and contemporary primary vision care. The professional qualification of the graduates meets the professional standard Optometrist and is equivalent to that received in the UK, USA and Norway.

 

Students of the programme acquire both professional skills in primary vision care (optometry) and academic knowledge in vision science, which allows them to enrol in the doctoral programme.

 

The syllabus consists of professional (clinical) and scientific (experimental) subjects related to the evaluation, research and understanding of the human visual system. The programme includes the following: practical training (33%), medicine and physiology of vision (35%) and courses in the natural sciences and psychology.

 

The study programme (80 credit points) contains compulsory (part A), optional (part B), and practical courses. The practical training (internship) accounts for 26 credit points. Part A (66 credit points) includes specialisation courses: general medicine in optometry, eye diseases and pharmacotherapy, contact correction, visual perception models, as well as a state examination and Master's thesis. Part B (14 credit points) contains clinical and experimental courses in optometry. The state examination accounts for two credit points and consists of a theoretical knowledge test in optometry and a practical examination in the evaluation of the patient's visual function and vision correction. The elaboration and defence of the Master’s thesis is worth 20 credit points.

 

Doctoral study programme in Computer science

Degree to be achieved: Doctoral degree in Computer Science

Standard period of study: 3years or 4 years

Type of studies: Full time (3 years) and part time (4years)

Amount of credits: 144 credit points or 216 ECTS

Language of instruction: Latvian

Study programme is accredited

 

Short Program description

 

The goal of the programme is to provide the scientific education after the master degree is acquired, corresponding to the degree of scientific doctor in the Computer Sciences (Dr. comp.). The programme prepares the specialists of doctoral level, who would be able to work both in the academia (as researchers and faculty members) and in the programming industry (as participants and managers of technologically advanced projects). The programme provides the specialization in eight subfields of computer science:

 

• Mathematical foundations of computer sciences and quantum computation;

• Visualization of information, computer graphics and image processing;

• Artificial intelligence;

• Bioinformatics;

• Modelling and semantic web;

• Software development and software testing;

• Information systems and their management;

• Computer engineering and computer networks;

 

Doctoral school

Computer sciences and its interdisciplinary use in Life sciences and social sciences

 

 

Doctoral programme in Biology

 

Degree to be achieved: Doctoral (Ph.D. equivalent) in Biology

Standard period of study: 3years or 4 years

Type of studies: Full time (3 years) and part time (4years)

Amount of credits: 180 credit points or 270 ECTS

Language of instruction: Latvian and English

Study programme is accredited

 

Short Program description

 

Program provides research based training in major fields of Biology: Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Botany, Cell Biology, Genetics, Ecology, Human and Animal Physiology, Hydrobiology, Microbiology, Molecular Biology and Zoology. The core part of the program is a research project under supervision of experienced academicians. Acquisition of transferable and academic teaching skills is required; three theoretical examinations have to be passed: field, specialization and language. The degree is awarded on the basis of Thesis, which are presented in an open seminar.  The research results have to be published beforehand. The graduates have wide opportunities of academic and industrial employment.

Doctoral school

Functional materials and nanotechnologies

 

Academic Doctoral degree programme in Chemistry

Degree to be achieved: Doctoral degree in Chemistry

Standard period of study: 3years

Type of studies: Full time (3 years)

Amount of credits: 144 credit points or 216 ECTS

Language of instruction: Latvian

Study programme is accredited

 

Short Program description

 

"The Doctoral study programme in Chemistry offers educational opportunities for advanced study and research designed to prepare students for roles in research and educational institutions, industry and government. The aim of the doctoral programme in chemistry is to train highly qualified researchers and professionals for self-dependent academic, scientific and practical work with internationally comparable competence in the area of chemistry, as well as an internationally comparable doctoral degree. The tasks of the doctoral programme in chemistry are:

 

- to demonstrate a systematic understanding of an aspect of the science of chemistry and mastery of those skills and methods of research associated with the topic of student research area: analytical, organic, inorganic, physical or education chemistry;

- to develop abilities related to critical thinking, analysis and argumentation so as to enrich the intellectual potential of the country;

- to make a contribution through original research that extends the frontier of knowledge in chemical science by developing a substantial body of work, some of which merits national or international refereed publication;

- to get competences which fit them for employment as professional chemists in senior positions in chemical and related industries, in public service, or for a progression to a career in academic research.

 

Compulsory theoretical courses include general course (10 CP) in the selected field of Chemistry: Analytical, Organic, Physical, Inorganic and Education chemistry, special course (Research Methods of Analytical Objects, Humanpedagogical Conception in Chemistry, Modern Methods of Organic Synthesis, X-ray Structure Analysis, Nanochemistry, Modern Chromatography, Physical chemistry of pharmaceuticals, Radiation Chemistry, Wood Chemistry)  related to main field of PhD thesis (8 CP) and English language course (4 CP). Study program foreseen needs for students to have an extra soft skills in particular research topic e.g., economics, experimental data interpretation etc. and for that free choice supplementary studies (12 CP) are included in DSC.  PhD students in chemistry joined different interdisciplinary doctoral schools formed at University of Latvia. The programme contains the following study forms: lectures, seminars, dissertation thesis drafting and evaluation, workshops, laboratory individual research work, tutorials, presentations, scientific paper writing.

Students who fulfil the study requirements and successfully defend their thesis receive a Doctor’s scientific degree in chemistry awarded by the Chemistry Science Promotions Council, which brings in experts who specialise in the field of science related to the relevant degree."

 

Admission requirements

Master’s degree in Natural Sciences or higher education comparable to that

 

Doctoral programme in Physics, Astronomy and Mechanics

 

Degree to be achieved: Dr. Phys. (Doctor of Physics)

Standard period of study: 3years

Type of studies: Full time (3 years)

Amount of credits: 144 credit points or 216 ECTS

Language of instruction: Latvian

Study programme is accredited

 

 

Short Program description

 

The goal of Physics, Astronomy and Mechanics Doctoral Study Programme is to ensure obtaining the of the scientific qualification in the following scientific sub-sectors of physics, astronomy or mechanics: Solid state physics, Didactics of physics, Physics of condensed environment, Chemical physics, Laser physics and spectroscopy, Materials’ physics, Medical physics, Atomic and molecular physics

 

Optics, Semiconductor physics, Thermal physics and molecular physics, Fluid and gas mechanics, Theoretical physics, Astronomy and fundamental astrophysics, Mechanics of polymers and composites

 

Depending on the sub-sector chosen for the studies, the PhD student must demonstrate a high level of theoretical and practical qualification in materials’ and semiconductor physics, physics of condensed environment, topics of polymer mechanics, general conceptions and methodology issues of chemical physics, the general principles of mathematical modelling of irreversible processes in the framework of continuum, fundamentals of atomic and molecular optics, the sub-sector of laser physics and spectroscopy, the physical progresses in live organisms, as well as various sub-sectors of astrophysics and fundamental astronomy, and didactics of physics.

 

The graduates who have obtained the doctoral degree are highly qualified specialists and can continue their work as lecturers and researchers at the University of Latvia Faculty of Physics and Mathematics, various scientific institutes and agencies of UL as well as other institutions of higher education in Latvia.