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Admissions procedure for medical studies in Austria: the 1,680 university places went to 961 female students and 719 male students

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(Vienna/Innsbruck/Graz/Linz, 07 August 2018) On 6 July 2018, a total of 12,552 candidates sat the same MedAT entrance exam at the medical universities of Vienna, Innsbruck and Graz and the Medical Faculty of Johannes Kepler University in Linz. This year's results have now been announced: 961 women (57.2%) and 719 men (42.8%) qualified for a total of 1,680 university places to study medicine in Austria. 

The detailed breakdown of these university places is as follows:

  • In 2018, MedUni Vienna has 740 student places in total and, in line with the results, 430 of these were allocated to female students and 310 to male students (58.1% and 41.9% respectively).
  • The 400 student places at the Medical University of Innsbruck were allocated as follows: 220 to female students and 180 to male students (55%/45%).
  • The Medical University of Graz has 360 places. The breakdown is 215 to female students and 145 to male students (59.7%/40.3%).
  • For the first time, the Medical Faculty of JKU Linz had 180 university places to allocate (2017:120), 96 of these going to female students and 84 to male students (53.3%/46.7%).


Six years of joint MedAT
For the sixth time, the admissions procedure for human medicine (MedAT-H) and dentistry (MedAT-Z) was conducted at all medical universities.

The entrance exam for human medicine (Med-AT-H) is a multi-part written exam comprising the following elements:

  • Basic knowledge test for medical studies: checking existing knowledge from school in the areas of biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics
  • Text comprehension: checking reading ability and understanding of texts
  • Cognitive skills and abilities: this test consists of five groups of exercises (assembling figures, numerical sequences, understanding implications, memory and retentiveness and language proficiency) and covers basic cognitive skills and abilities.
  • Social and emotional skills: this part of the exam consists of a group of exercises on Reading Emotions and Social Decision-Making, covering important aspects of social and emotional skills.

The entrance exam for dentistry (MedAT-Z) is largely identical to MedAT-H except that, in place of the Text Comprehension section and the group of exercises on Understanding Implications, candidates have to complete the "Manual Skills" test consisting of exercises involving "Bending Wire and Reproducing Shapes".