The JKU Linz has a new way of studying medicine. In accordance with modern international standards and medical expertise at two locations, Linz and Graz. Become a physician for a new generation.
The medical degree program at the JKU is the first in Austria to be offered as part of a Bachelor's-Master's degree system.
The program is structured according to organ and topic-centered modules (not according to subjects as before). Your clear advantage: You learn how - in relation to illness, for example - to think in an interdisciplinary manner and consider all potential organs and systems in the body. This way you get to the cause much faster and there are more potential treatment opportunities.
In addition to sound medical training in Linz, you will also focus on studying general medicine as well as strengthening your social skill set and communication skills. Health care research (which impact your medical decisions) is also a part of your studies.
You start off with real-world practices during the first semester of the Bachelor's program all the way to the Practical Clinical Year at the end of your Master's degree program.
Your Bachelor's degree allows you to seamlessly enroll in the Master's degree program in Human Medicine. You will be awarded the title of Dr.(in) univ. med. Afterwards you are free to enroll in the doctoral degree program Medical Sciences (Dr.scient.med or PhD).
Bachelor of Science (BSc)
Master: Dr. med. univ.
Doctorate: Dr.scient.med or PhD
Bachelor's: 6 semesters
Master's: 6 semesters
Doctorate: 6 semesters
360 + 180 Doctorate
Linz / possibly Graz for the first 4 semesters in the Bachelor's program
180 (Bachelor's; 120 JKU, 60 MedUni Graz)
Registration Period for the Bachelor's
March 1 - 29, 2020
Why You Should Study Medicine in Linz
- You will practice medicine at Austria's second largest university hospital - the Kepler University Hospital (KUK). This includes the Med Campus III, Med Campus IV and the Neuromed Campus in Linz.
- Medical technology, health economics, medical ethics and medical law - you benefit from expertise at the other JKU faculties and schools (the Faculty of Engineering & Natural Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Economics & Business, the Faculty of Law, the Linz Institute of Technology, the JKU Business School, and the School of Education) and enrich your studies with new, exciting fields, allowing you to broaden your horizons.
What You Learn in the Program
Instead of subject-based teaching, medical degree studies in Linz focus on comprehensive base-knowledge medicine in organ and topic-centered modules:
- You cover a topic in parallel with all of the basic medical subjects (anatomy, pharmacology, pathology, physiology, biochemistry, pathophysiology). Physics and chemistry mainly covered during the first semester (building blocks of life).
- You simultaneously learn about individual organs (such as the kidneys) as well as clinical perspectives to acquire associative connections as well as initial insight into clinical practices.
- Clinical modules (semesters 5-10) focus on learning about one organ from the perspective of various fields of speciality (such as cardiovascular disease: the module covers internal medicine, cardiac surgery, etc.)
In addition to medical expertise, a strong social skill set, compassionate bedside manner, and good communication make patients feel like they are in good hands with you. Therefore, one aspect of the program focuses on general medicine and your clinical experience (from the first semester onwards). In the beginning you study in a real environment and later at the university clinics. You hone your ability to work effectively together with colleagues, superiors and members of other medical professions as part of a team. Right from the start of the program, you also learn how to treat patients right.
As part of a new generation of physicans, in Linz you will also learn that your medical decisions have clinical, economic, ethical, social and legal implications (health care research). You will learn more about scientific approaches and modern findings in the field of patient care (such as, how good a proven treatment or a new drug is). This holistic understanding of medical treatment will be reflected in your actiivities as a medical professional.
Your Career Prospects
The Bachelor's and Master's degree programs in Human Medicine are focused on educating and training you to be a medical professional. After your specialist training, you can work at a hospital or set up your own medical practice. The following are also other professional interests you could pursue:
- Occupational Medicine
- Medical Research
- Public Administration
- Medical Journalism, Consultation Services
Structure & Duration of Studies
Medical studies in Linz are a total of 12 semesters. The Bachelor's program is six semesters and the Master's program is another 6 semesters. After successfully finishing both programs, graduates are conferred with the title Dr. med. univ. Graduates can then opt to pursue an English-language doctorate degree in Medical Sciences and graduate with the title Dr. scient. med or PhD.
Starting in the first semester you be part of small groups and complete an internship together. The Clinical Skills Lab (simulation environment) provides a real-world environment to begin preparing for patient contact.
Starting in the fifth semester of the Bachelor's degree program, you complete a weekly clinical internship. During your last year in the Master's degree program, complete your clinical internship year. This is an opportunity to learn more about tackling medical questions and learning procedures at different clinical departments at hospitals or at general medical practices.
Admission Requirements & Enrollment
In order to be admitted to the medical degree program at the JKU, potential applicants must fulfill the following admission requirements:
- Hold a general higher education entrance qualification (such as an Austrian "Matura" diploma )
- Successfully pass the medical admissions examination (online registration, enter your personal information online, and take the written entrance examination, German only)
International Educational Qualifications
If you earned your school-leaving certificate abroad or attended an international school in Austria, you are subject to special admission requirements. We have summarized everything you need to know on this page for International Educational Qualifications.
Contact the Admissions Office for additional information about admission requirements and credit transfer.