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Degree Programmes at the Medical University of Vienna

From the programmes in Medicine and Dentistry to PhD and doctoral programmes to numerous courses - the largest German-speaking medical training facility is located in Vienna.

The Medical University of Vienna is the largest medical school in the world. With its history, its size and its excellent scientific performance it is among the most important and renowned medical universities in the world. Thanks to the triple track of education, research and patient care research results and their practical application are directly integrated into the teaching.

Medical Science and the Practice of Medicine

A total of over 7500 people from Austria and abroad currently receive their medical training at MedUni Vienna. 1200 teachers are available to them.

Apart from the programmes in Medicine and Dentistry future and fully trained doctors as well as other scientists are also offered an attractive array of other programmes and continuing education. This goes from PhD and doctoral programmes to a Master's degree in Medical Informatics to 18 postgraduate courses.

Just in the doctoral and PhD programmes, which have developed in a very dynamic way in the short time since their creation, there are already more than 1400 students. Many of those pursue their studies as permanently employed staff of the University. In order to further strengthen the international spirit at MedUni, exchange programmes - such as foreign exchange scholarships, visiting researcher or partner universities - are being continuously expanded.

Anita Rieder

"Over the course of the next few years MedUni Vienna will become an international competence center for medical education and PhD programmes as well as a best practice reference model for medical curricula."

Anita Rieder Vice-Rector for Education, Medical University of Vienna

Courses of Study at MedUni Vienna

The Medical University of Vienna educates hundreds to thousands of students every year in the following programmes: 

  • Medicine degree programme
  • Dentistry degree programme
  • Medical Informatics master’s programme
  • Molecular Precision Medicine master's programme
  • PhD-programmes (16 different programmes)
  • Doctoral Programme of Applied Medical Science (10 different programmes)
  • 18 post-graduate university courses

For the clinical practical training there are 84 accredited teaching hospitals and 2 teaching departments.

Degree programme: Course ref. no. Semesters/Period phases Semesters-Internship- "Famulatur" hours ECTS-credits
Medicine  UN 202 12 / 3 18 weeks 360
Dentistry  UN 203 12 / 3 72 weeks 362,8
Master’s programme: Course ref. no. Semesters Contact hours per semester ECTS-credits
Medical Informatics UN 066 936 4 80 120
Molecular Precision Medicine UN 066 329 4 80 120
Doctoral programme: Course ref. no. Semesters Contact hours per semester ECTS-credits
Applied Medical Sience UN 790 202 6 38 180
PhD UN 094 202 6 30 180

Studying Successfully with a Modern Curriculum

Student in the Lecture Hall

MedUni Vienna has a modern curriculum, which conveys integrated expert knowledge and focuses on teaching in small groups and clinical practice. This way the Medical University of Vienna has developed one of the most modern certified curricula in Europe.

Since its implementation the key data in the area of education have improved significantly. The drop-out rate was reduced from 60% to 13%, the majority of the over 7500 students finish their degree in the prescribed period and the number of those taking part in international mobility programmes increases every year.

Focus on Clinical Practice and Small Groups

The medical curriculum at MedUni Vienna focuses especially on subject integration, problem orientation, method-guided examination, calculation of the training capacity, evaluation and quality assurance. In the first and the second study phase, classes are clearly structured by content and time in thematic blocks. These are accompanied by practical courses or seminars in small groups ("lines") in order to establish a special connection with the clinical instruction

In the courses of the Lines the necessary clinical skills are also taught. Since 2014 the students complete their last year as a Clinical Internship ("KPJ") at accredited teaching hospitals, where they are prepared to enter the profession and to pursue post-graduate training. This is a further step for quality assurance in the Vienna medical curriculum.

Social Skills and Interactive Learning

The topic of "social competence" is already part of the curriculum in the first semester, and innovative projects, such as those using actor patients set priorities in the development of a professional demeanour. E-Learning and interactive learning are two additional pillars of the programmes at MedUni Vienna: A few lectures, seminars and examinations are held with the assistance of a voting technology. This way the comprehension of the presented teaching content can be checked immediately during the lecture.