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Medicine, Health Sciences

Study Medicine in Germany

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In a course of study in medicine, you learn everything about the structure and functions of the body and about diseases and their treatment. After graduating, you can work as a doctor, a dream shared by many high school graduates. Your competition for admission to medical programmes is fierce: there are a large number of applicants for every available slot in the courses of study. If you do not have very good grades, you will have to accept long waiting times to be able to study medicine.


80 Higher Education Institutions

Bachelor, Master, State Examination

German, English

2-13 Semesters

What content can I expect

Regardless of whether you study human, veterinary, or dental medicine, you usually complete your studies with a state examination rather than a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree. Your course of study will be at least ten semesters long and extremely learning-intensive.

The course of study always begins with a basic study period, the so-called “Grundstudium”, also known as “Vorklinik”. In this introductory phase, you will acquire the basics in scientific subjects such as biology, biochemistry, or physics. You complete this part of your studies with an examination, called either a “Physikum” or a “Vorphysikum”. This is followed by the clinical part of your studies, which focuses on specific diseases and treatment methods as well as practical experience. This is also followed by an examination, the “Physikum”, or the second medical examination. After this, you go through intensive practical phases of varying lengths, some of which end with more examination periods. Only then is your course of study complete, allowing you to apply for a license to practice medicine. In some cases, this is followed by training to become a specialist, which again takes several years.

The three medical courses of study, human, veterinary, and dental medicine, are standardised nationwide by respective licensing regulations. The admission restrictions are also regulated nationwide, so you cannot apply directly to a specific university. Instead, you must submit your application to the Stiftung für Hochschulzulassung and the information portal

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