The JKU medical degree program is a Bachelor's-Master's program.Medicine
A Bachelor's degree in Human Medicine at the JKU puts you on a new path to medical education: from the very start you focus on interdisciplinary base-knowledge subject areas according topics and organs as well as acquire hands-on, real-world experience with patients.
The JKU's six-semester, 180 ECTS credit Bachelor's degree program in Human Medicine is carried out in cooperation with the Medical University of Graz.
You will spend the first two years of the program either at the Johannes Kepler University Linz or at the Medical University Graz. The subjects and modules as outlined in the 5th and 6th semester of the program will be completed at the JKU Linz.
After successfully completing your Bachelor's degree, you can seamlessly enroll in the Master's degree program in Human Medicine. Graduates earn the title: Dr. med. univ.
Bachelor of Science (BSc)
German (Level C1)
Linz and Graz
March 1 - 29, 2019
180 (120 JKU, 60 MedUni Graz)
Main Areas of Focus
The Bachelor's degree in Human Medicine gives you an opportunity to acquire base-knowledge education in natural and life sciences as well as psychosocial understanding. You will learn more about the ethical and economic implications your decisions as a medical professional carry. Clinical internships allow you to acquire interdisciplinary expertise by working on actual medical cases.
Base-Knowledge Professional and Methodological Expertise
- on areas of chemistry, physics, biochemistry, biophysics, molecular biology, cell biology, human genetics and embryology relevant to studies in human medicine
- on the structures and functional mechanisms of the human body in the various stages of development, in health and disease and from the molecular level to the organism as a whole
- on the subject areas of statistics, working in a scientific manner, effectiveness of care
- on special medical fields such as microbiology, hygiene and infectiology, immunology, orthopaedics and traumatology, haematology and oncology, cardiology, pneumology, nephrology, gastroenterology and endocrinology, and general medicine
- on somatic and psychosocial differences between men and women and the impact of gender norms, values and structures on the development, perception and management of diseases (gender medicine)
- about diagnostics and therapy
Medical Skills and Abilities
- Practice medicine in the following fields: anamnesis, physical examination, (non) invasive diagnostics and therapeutic measures, organ specific diagnostics, hygiene, working under sterile conditions, emergency medicine
- Practice medicine under general medical conditions, outside a clinic in particular
- Ability to recognize professional communication skills and professional workplace manner as well as apply professional communication, coordination and cooperation skills together with successful diagnostics and treatments
Cognitive Skills and Abilities
- to independently process and critically evaluate information, situations and concepts
- to critically assess and examine medical information, establish a link with knowledge from other areas, and develop creative solutions
- practice effective self-management and a willingness to organize corresponding support
- reflect on your future role as a physician, think about patient-care, as well as respond correctly in a variety of situations
Recommended Study Plan
Program Locations Linz & Graz
You will spend the first two years of the JKU's Bachelor's degree program in Human Medicine either at the Johannes Kepler University Linz or at the Medical University Graz. In terms of content, the program has been coordinated in both locations. Regardless of where you start the program, you benefit from outstanding medical expertise and hands-on clinical experience.
There are several factors involved as to determine whether you spend the first four semesters of the program studying in Linz or Graz. See program details (German only) for detailed information. The subjects and modules outlined for the 5th and 6th semesters of the program will be completed at the JKU Linz.
Practial Experience & Clinical Internship
Starting in the first semester, you will actively take part in internships together in small groups. Right at the start of the program you will learn about holding patient-doctor consultations, conducting medical examinations, and intervention techniques. The Clinical Skills Lab (simulation environment) prepares you for patient contact in a real-world environment.
Starting in the fifth semester of the program, you will complete a weekly clinical internship at the Kepler University Hospital's university clinics and departments or at other partner hospitals. These internships allow you to practice professional patient-doctor interaction and workplace skills.
Your mandatory medical internship (German only) for the Bachelor's degree program Human Medicine is four weeks.
Admission to Studies & Entrance Examination
In order to be admitted to the Bachelor's degree program, you must fulfill the following requirements.
- Hold general higher education entrance qualifications (such as an Austrian "Matura" diploma )
- Successfully pass the MedAT admissions test in Linz (online registration, enter your personal information online, and take the written entrance examination, German only).
- If your first language is not German, you will be required to submit proof of C1 level of language proficiency in German.
- Students in the program must fulfill program requirements for Latin. If you did not have Latin in school (a minimum of 10 semester hours per week), you will be required to take and pass a supplementary examination in Latin (German only).
- If you graduated from a secondary school outside of Austria or attended an international school in Austria, you will be subject to special admission requirements. Click here to find everything you need to know about admission: International Educational Qualifications.
Start Your Studies - A Step-by-Step Guide
From the online registration procedure to paying tuition fees - here you will find everything you need to know to help you take your first step to enroll!
If you would like to learn more about the Bachelor's degree program in Human Medicine, we strongly recommend taking a look at the curriculum. In addition, we have separately summarized a few details for you.
Master's Degree in Human Medicine
After completing your undergraduate degree, you can continue your education by pursuing a Master's degree in Human Medicine and earn the title Dr. med. univ.
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