Bachelor’s degree


Key features

  • Qualification: Bakalaura diploms
  • Qualification in English: Bachelor’s degree
  • EQF level: 6
  • Cycle: 3-4 years or 180-240 ECTS
  • Thesis required: Bachelor thesis (at least 15 ECTS)
  • Nominal length: years / ECTS
  • Access requirement: General or vocational secondary education
  • Access to further study: Professional or academic master or second level professional higher education programmes


The amount of an academic bachelor study programme is 120-160 Latvian credit points (180-240 ECTS credit points), of which:

  • Mandatory part is >50 CP (75 ECTS credit points);
  • Mandatory electives is >20 CP (30 ECTS credit points);
  • Bachelor thesis is >10 CP (15 ECTS credit points);
  • Electives.

The length of studies in full-time studies is from six to eight terms.

Degree titles

  • Latvian:[Group of science fields/field of science] + bakalaura grādu + [field of science/sub-field of science]
  • English:Bachelor’s degree + [Group of science fields/field of science] + [field of science/sub-field of science]

Examples: Dabaszinātņu bakalaura grādu bioloģijā (bachelor’s degree of natural sciences in biology), lauksaimniecības zinātņu bakalaura grādu mežzinātnē (bachelor’s degree of agricultural sciences in forestry science), sociālo zinātņu bakalaura akadēmisko grādu vadības zinātnē (bachelor’s degree of social sciences in management science).

Learning outcomes

Knowledge (knowledge and comprehension)

  • Able to demonstrate the basic and specialised knowledge typical of the concrete branch of science or profession and a critical understanding of this knowledge, moreover, a part of this knowledge complies with the highest level of achievement in this branch of science or profession
  • Able to demonstrate understanding of the most important concepts and causalities of the concrete branch of science or professional field

Skills (ability to apply knowledge, communication, general skills)

  • Able, by using the mastered theoretical foundations and skills, perform professional, artistic, innovative or research activity, to define and describe analytically information, problems and solutions in one’s own branch of science or profession, to explain them and to provide arguments when discussing these with both specialist and non-specialists
  • Able to structure independently one’s own learning, to guide one’s own and subordinates’ further learning and improvement of professional qualification, to demonstrate scientific approach to problem solving, to assume responsibility and take initiative when performing individual work, when working in a team or managing the work of other people, to take decisions and find creative solutions under changing or unclear conditions

Competence (analysis, synthesis and assessment)

  • Able to obtain, select and analyse information independently and to use it, to take decisions and solve problems in the concrete branch of science or profession, demonstrate understanding of professional ethics, assess the impact of one’s professional activities on environment and society and participate in the development of the concrete professional field