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Short description

Short description

Our "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


University places in medicine are allocated exclusively by the University Admissions Foundation: www.hochschulstart.de
The allocation of university places is carried out uniformly throughout Germany via the Abibesten-Quote (30%), the additional qualifications-quote (10%) and the selection procedure of the universities (AdH, 60%).

At Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf, we consider a mix of the average Abitur grade (max. 68 points) and the results in the Test for Medical Studies (TMS, max. 29 points) in the AdH. Additionally,a voluntary service can increase the chances of being accepted (3 points). Furthermore, about 20 places of study are reserved for applicants who have completed vocational training in a medical field.


The Test for Medical Studies (TMS) is taking place each year in May in different locations allover Germany. You can register as of the first of December (of the pre-TMS year) till the 15th of January (of the TMS year) via the TMS registration website.

Please note that TMS is relevant in Düsseldorf not only for our AdH selection procedure, but also for the additional quailifications quote!

first aid course

By the beginning of the 3rd academic year you must have completed 9 hours of first aid training.

nursing internship

You must have completed a 90-day nursing internship by the beginning of the 3rd academic year.
It is advisable to complete part of the nursing service between the time you receive your university entrance qualification and the time you begin your studies, since you might have courses and examinations also during the semester break.

preliminary courses

The Faculty of Medicine offers a preliminary course to refresh your scientific knowledge: www.medizin.hhu.de/vorkurs

Programme content

The Düsseldorf Curriculum of Medizin


Doctors today are not only medical experts, they are scientists, managers, communicators, team players - they combine different roles in one person every day. In order for our students to be able to meet these requirements in their later professional lives, the teaching of knowledge, skills and attitudes in our courses is adjusted to the competences that society expects from prospective doctors.


In everyday medical practice, it is important to illuminate patient cases based on symptoms or body regions. For this reason, our entire study programme in medicine is structured according to topic blocks and study blocks and not according to individual subjects. A topic block or study block deals with a specific organ system or medical topic in an interdisciplinary manner.


Sound practical training is an essential part of the "Düsseldorf Curriculum of Medizin". Through the early integration of practical instruction and patient contact, our students get to know the practical side of the medical profession right from the first semester. In contrast to traditional medical study programmes, our students not only prepare the bodies of the deceased early in their studies, but also learn and train physical examinations, for example, from the first semester onwards.

In higher semesters, practical instruction includes not only classical Bedside Teaching but also "Learning on Patient's Complaint", an innovative learning format: By the end of their studies, our students have independently handled at least 65 real patient cases based on the original treatment occasion.


The medical profession is becoming more and more multi-faceted. In order to create as much leeway as possible for personal profile development, 10% of our medical studies are reserved for the elective curriculum. From the 2nd academic year onwards, our students can choose two electives per semester from a wide range of subjects and thus focus their interests at an early stage.

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:
01/07/2022 - 15/08/2022
Relevant documents:

Study and Examination Regulations

Medical Licensure Act

Brochure for first-semester students

Documents available in German only.

Study programme contact:

Academic Advisor

Johanna Binder, M.A. and Johanna Schwerdt, M.A

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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