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Structure of the Medicine Degree Programme

The Medicine degree programme at MedUni Vienna lasts 12 semesters and a total of 241 contact hours.

A large part of the hours is devoted to required subjects and a much smaller one to electives. Within the required subjects a large part is in turn reserved for clinical training and compulsory optional subjects. In the course of the programme 12 weeks of clerkship and the clinical internship of 48 weeks have to be successfully completed.

The programme is divided into 3 phases; the 1st phase lasts for two semesters, the 2nd phase six semesters and the 3rd phase four semesters.

Medicine Degree Programme

The classes in the first and second phase are divided into so-called thematic blocks. The blocks are accompanied by "lines", that is training or seminars in small groups, with the aim of establishing a connection with the clinical courses.

The curriculum is structured in such a way that only a start of studies in the winter ensures that the mandatory courses are ideally coordinated.

Programme Structure by Semester

Introductory phase: What is health, what is illness? Which social competences do doctors need?

  • Healthy and Sick People
  • The Human Body
  • From the Molecule to the Cell
  • Social Competence
  • First Aid
  • POL groups (problem-oriented learning)

Humans and their internal and external effective systems: What are the influences on human health? How can the state of health of a person be checked?

  • Functional Systems and Biological Regulation
  • Genetics, Molecular and Cellular Communication
  • Humans in the Environment, Family and Society
  • Physical Preventive Medical Examination
  • POL groups

Localisation of medicine: What are the causes for diseases and how are they detected? Introduction to the practice of medicine.

  • Science and Medicine
  • Diseases, Disease Causes and Disease Patterns
  • Disease, Manifestation and Detection (Pharmacotherapy)
  • Medical Communication A
  • Basic Medical Techniques
  • POL groups

The internal effective systems of the human body: What are they and what are the basic circulations of the human body? Consolidation of medical skills.

  • Endocrinology and Metabolism
  • Heart and Circulation, Blood and Vessels
  • Respiration
  • Physical Examination of Sick People
  • Clinical propaedeutic training
  • Case-based learning
  • Organ Morphology I (dissection using organ preparations)

The internal effective systems of the human body: Extension and immersion of physical circulations. Deepening of specific examination techniques.

  • Nutrition and Digestion
  • Kidney and Homeostasis
  • Sexuality, Reproduction, Pregnancy and Birth
  • Infancy, Childhood and Youth
  • Theme-Specific Examination Techniques I
  • Reanimation tutorials Case-based learning
  • Organ Morphology II (dissection using organ preparations)

The internal effective systems of the human body: How does the perception of external influences work and how is information processed and transported? Deepening of medical social competences.

  • Methods of Medical Science
  • Skin and Sensory Organs
  • The Brain and the Nervous System
  • Neurological Status
  • Medical Communication B
  • Organ Morphology III (dissection using organ preparations)

Health as a public good and how it be actively furthered? Deepening of individual medical fields as well as medical competences

  • Public Health
  • Motion and Performance; Pain
  • Surgical subjects
  • Dermatology and Venerology
  • Internal Medicine
  • Special diagnostic skills
  • Theme-specific Examination Techniques II
  • Basic course Ultrasound

The force of the mind and the psyche in medicine, how strong is it really? Deepening of individual medical fields as well as medical competences

  • Physical Functions in Health and Disease
  • Medical Communication C
  • Project study
  • Theme-specific Examination Techniques III
  • Reanimation Tutorials II
  • Integrated Clinical Propaedeutic Training

The prerequisite for the admission to the 3. phase is the successful completion of the second diploma examination and successful completion of the mandatory elective training in Internal Medicine

  • Neurology
  • Psychiatry
  • Paediatrics
  • Gynaecology
  • Ophthalmology
  • Ear-Nose and Throat
  • Emergency Medicine and Intensive Care
  • Interdisciplinary Patient Management
  • Method seminars
  • Integrated Courses in Clinical Diagnostics

In KPJ students of human medicine of the 6. year operate as a learning team members to the departments of the university clinics of the Medical University of Vienna and the accredited teaching hospitals. They are accompanied by mentors in their intensive, clinical instruction. 

Medicine Curriculum (PDF, 2MB)
Detailed curriculum of the Medicine degree programme in the currently valid form, in German Konsolidierte Fassung: März 2023 12.07.2022