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Short description

Short description

Our Modellstudiengang "Düsseldorf Curriculum of Medicine" was developed on the basis of current research findings and is continuously optimised in order to prepare our students in the best possible way for their future work as doctors.

When training future doctors, we rely on interdisciplinary knowledge transfer, a pronounced patient orientation and practical training from the very first semester onwards, as well as on a broad selection curriculum.

Entry/Admission requirements

For german and european applicants university places in medicine are allocated exclusively by the University Admissions Foundation  Hochschulstart : www.hochschulstart.de

Information on the application and admission process via Hochschulstart can be found at: https://www.medizinstudium.hhu.de/studieninteressierte/bewerbung-und-zulassung

For non-european applicants the application must be submitted directly to the Heinrich-Heine-University. The average grade of the university entrance qualification is the only admission criterion in this case. Further information on the necessary application process can be found here: https://www.hhu.de/studium/bewerbung-und-einschreibung/bewerbung-von-studieninteressierten-aus-dem-ausland

Programme content

In the first two years of study, the focus is on teaching the fundamentals of human biology. For this purpose, four topic blocks lasting about six to eight weeks are offered, which are predominantly organ- or system-related. From the 3rd year onwards, practical modules become an increasingly important part of the course in addition to the topic and study blocks. During the practical modules, you will spend weeks in a variety of clinics at the University Hospital Düsseldorf (UKD). The integrated study and practice blocks in the 4th and 5th year of study further increase the link between theory and practice. The core curriculum of subject, study and practice blocks is supplemented in Düsseldorf by a longitudinal elective curriculum. Students take a total of 14 elective modules, which account for around ten percent of the total number of hours.

Further information on the study content can be found at: https://www.medizinstudium.hhu.de/

Programme structure

Medical studies in Düsseldorf only commence in the winter semester. The standard duration of study is 12.5 semesters.

In contrast to the regular study programmes, we do not have a so-called "Physikum", but an Intermediate Medical Examination. This is formally equivalent to the First Part of the Medical Examination (Staatsexamen). It is completed after the 3rd academic year. The written part of the examination is cumulative and is achieved by passing the 12 block examinations of the first three years of study. After the end of the 3rd year, the oral part of the examination and a clinical-practical part follow.

The Second and Third Parts of the Medical Examination (M2 & M3) take place uniformly throughout Germany. Upon passing the Third Part of the Medical Examination (M3) after the Practical Year (PJ), the model study programme of medicine is completed.

Programme objectives/Career prospects

In most cases, graduation is followed by 4 - 5 years training to be a specialist in one of 32 fields (e.g. surgery or anaesthesiology) with subsequent clinical work in a hospital or in a doctor's office.

Other career perspectives lie in research inside or outside the university, in the pharmaceutical industry, in medical technology or in consulting companies.

Programme start:
Winter semester
Programme duration:
12,5 semesters
Language of instruction:
Application procedure:
Nationwide admission restrictions
Closing date for applications:
High school students: July 15th The final application deadline for applicants who obtained their university entrance qualification before January 16th: May, 31st
Closing date for enrolment:
lt. Zulassungsbescheid
Closing date for re-registration:
01/07/2023 - 15/08/2023
Study programme contact:

Academic Advisor

Johanna Binder, M.A. 
Larissa Tembrink, M.Sc.

Studiendekanat Medizin

Building: 17.11

Tel.: +49 211 81-06408
Tel.: +49 211 81-06455



Study programme/Department
SSC contact:

Student Services Center (SSC)
Building: 21.02 / SSC
Phone +49 211 81‐12345


For questions regarding the course of studies and for examination issues:

Student and Examination Administration
Contact Examination Administration

Student Services Center (SSC)

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