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Study in human medicine

The goal of the degree study program in human medicine at Paracelsus Medical Private University (PMU) is to educate competent and scientifically thinking physicians. Our graduates must be adequate to the requirements of modern medicine and practice humane, patient-oriented medicine.

About 50 students are admitted per year at the Salzburg and Nuremberg locations. They are selected in an elaborate, three-stage admission procedure. Hereby we are oriented towards socially engaged and highly motivated applicants who bring clearly expressed interest in man as biological and social being and in the natural-science and psychosocial aspects of the diseases.

The human medicine curriculum of Paracelsus University was accredited in 2002 and since then it has been re-accredited in regular intervals. The structure of the study content is oriented to the modern American medical schools. The successful completion of the first part of the American entrance examination (USMLE Step 1) is obligatory at Paracelsus University and is a necessary condition for the completion of the course of study. The study ends with the degree of "Dr. med. univ." and is internationally recognised.

Characteristics and special features of the study


Compact study in small groups with intensive supervision

  • Short, five-year full-time study with reduced vacations
  • The study is offered at two locations (Salzburg and Nuremberg) with small groups of 50 students per academic year, respectively
  • Close social contact between students and alumni
  • Very good supervisory relationship between teachers and students
  • Organisation of the course of the study program through local guidance of the study programs
  • Career counselling and mentoring (by graduation thesis advisers)
  • Three-weeks beginner’s seminar and three-day graduation seminar at the end of the study


Modern didactic orientation and high profile of the teaching

  • Encouraging the self-oriented and independent study
  • Close interlinking of the theoretical and practical content of the education
  • Exact coordination of the teaching material between the specialities
  • Regular evaluation of the teaching in the individual courses
  • Underlining the psychosocial and ethical aspects of the medicine
  • Cross-locational development of the curricula with participation of the students
  • Defined "principles of teaching and learning"


Practice- and science-based orientation of the education

  • Early contact with patients, early acquired treatment competence (e.g. emergency care medicine, premedical program, Helping Hands)
  • Mandatory completion of a 16-week research trimester
  • Preparation of a research thesis (graduation thesis)
  • Developing of skills, e.g. social and communicative competence & professionalism, scientific competence, emergency care competence, learning & teaching competence
  • Compulsory elective courses with a possibility for individual concentration on clinical practice, clinical theory or science/research
  • Focus on general medicine, stage-of-life medicine (children and young people, geriatric medicine) and integrated medical care
  • Inter-professional study offers jointly with the Institute for nursing science and practice as well as doctorate studies
  • Competence-oriented clinical final examination (OSCE)


International orientation

  • Contents of the study program inspired by the modern American medical schools, above all to the Mayo Medical School as international partner
  • Mandatory graduation from the US Medical Licence Exam (USMLE) Step 1 and thus orientation to internationally recognised academic certificate
  • University lecture module in English language and "Medical English" as elective course
  • Possibility for study stay abroad within the framework of the research trimester and the clinical practice
  • International recognition of the university graduation "Dr. med. univ."

Study structure and curriculum

The curriculum of the degree study in human medicine at Paracelsus Medical Private University at the Salzburg and Nuremberg locations comprises about 9000 hours and 360 ECTS (EU minimum requirement: 5,500 hours), continues for five academic years and ends with the title "Dr. med. univ.".

  • First study year: From the molecule to man
  • Second study year: Structure, function & disease
  • Third study year: Clinical principles & pathophysiology
  • Fourth study year: From the pipette to the patient bed
  • Fifth study year: Clinical practice year (KPJ)


Along with the consistent acquisition of special knowledge and skills, the action competence is an important part of the education model at Paracelsus Medical Private University. Therefore, important competence fields are developed systematically in certain specially profiled course in the course of the five years of study:

Social/communicative competence (SOKOKO):
Acquiring skills for the handling of social situation in the healthcare and in patient care as well as attentiveness & self-guidance, professionalism & leadership in the relations with a multidisciplinary teams

Scientific competence (WIKO):
Acquiring skills for independent scientific work as well as the preparation and follow-up activities of the research trimester and the degree thesis

Emergency care competence (NOKO):
Skills and training for handling acquiring action competence in the case of emergency situations

Learning and teaching competence (LEKO):
Acquiring skills for independent study (self-oriented learning), preparation for graduation exams and training for didactic skills


In order to stimulate the heterogeneous interests and orientations of the students, elective courses are offered in parallel in the second, fourth and fifth years of study. The subjects are based on the "clinical practice – clinical theory – research" areas, respectively.

An overview of the curriculum and the educational lectures of the degree study program human medicine can be found here / in the download area

Study locations and partners in the study

The degree study program human medicine has been offered in Salzburg (Austria) since 2003 and since 2014 also in Nuremberg (Germany). The study is supported by the university’s own institutes and their departments, academic teaching hospitals, general medicine teaching practices and external instructors at the respective study location.

Important partners in the clinical area are the Salzburg University Hospital and the Nuremberg Hospital. In the natural sciences area, the medical education is carried out, among others, by qualified lecturers at the Natural Sciences Faculty of the Paris Lodron University in Salzburg and at the Technical University Georg Simon Ohm. In the fourth and fifth study year, the students can complete a study stay abroad at international partners within the framework of the research trimester and the clinical internship.

Organisation of the human medicine subject area

The human medicine subject area comprises the degree study courses human medicine at the Salzburg and Nuremberg locations. In the subject areas of Paracelsus Medical University (human medicine, nursing science, postgraduate continuous and further education), study offers are summarised in order to coordinate and interconnect them. The special subjects fulfil a bridging function between the university management and the individual study offers.


Personal representation and key tasks of the human medicine subject area

Since August 2015, Univ.-Prof. Dr. med. Felix Eckstein is responsible for the management of the human medicine subject area. He represents the human medicine subject area in the teaching and learning management team (management: Dean for Teaching and Learning Univ.-Prof. Dr. Christian Pirich).

Together with the study program managers in Salzburg, Dr. Barbara Lorber, and in Nuremberg, Dr. med. Isabell Hach, M.P.H., the subject area management is responsible for the coordinative management and the joint curriculum development of the human medicine graduate study program at both locations (see Curriculum Commission).

The task of the local study program managements is the operative management of the study program at the respective locations together with the local study organisations and Student Services as well as with the chairman of the human medicine management team.

The human medicine management team consists of representatives of the respective study years and profiled courses, representatives of the study program organisation and Student Services, representatives of the locally cooperating higher educational establishments as well as the teaching personnel, which are interested in the didactic further development of the subject area.

Representatives of the separate student years in the human medicine management team in Salzburg:

First study year: Univ.-Doz. Dr. Mario Gimona
Second study year: Univ.-Doz. Falk Schrödl
Third study year: Univ.-Doz. Dr. Stefan Leis
Fourth study year: Ass.-Prof. Dr. Rosemarie Forstner
Fifth study year: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Michael Studnicka


Curriculum Commission

The Curriculum Commission of the human medicine subject area convenes at least three times in the year. The regular members are the subject area manager, the study managers (Salzburg and Nuremberg), the quality management staff and, respectively, two representatives of the students at the Salzburg and Nuremberg locations, which are delegated by the local representation of the Austrian University Association (ÖH). Co-opted members of the Curriculum Commission are the Dean for Study and Teaching (Salzburg) and the Vice-Dean for Clinical Matters, Study and Teaching (Nuremberg).

The tasks of the commission include the coordination and further development of the human medicine curriculum on the basis of the strategic direction of the university and the evaluation results as well as the current scientific and clinical trends. The decisions on the proposals of the Curriculum Commission are made in the "Study and Teaching Management Team" by the Dean for Study and Teaching, always taking into consideration the budgetary and strategic aspects.

The tasks of the human medicine subject area in details

  • Coordinative management and general development of the curriculum of the human medicine graduate study program at the Salzburg and Nuremberg locations
  • Result-oriented quality management (curriculum development, evaluation, planning and implementation of measures) jointly with the quality management staff
  • Representation of the subject area within and outside the university, jointly with the university management
  • Further development of the entire university study and promotion of the cooperation/synergies within the subject area as well as between the subject areas, jointly with the management of the other subject areas
  • Preparation of proposals regarding the strategic directions of the subject area

Information about the important events in the human medicine subject area can be found in the download section.

Principles of the teaching and learning in the human medicine subject area

The principles of the teaching and learning in the human medicine subject area comprise the following points:

  1. Own responsibility of the students in the integration of knowledge
  2. Excellence and appreciation of the teachers
  3. Own responsibility of the locations
  4. Clarity of the learning objectives
  5. Learning materials
  6. Diversity of the learning methods and learning controls
  7. Importance of the exams
  8. Free room for independent learning
  9. Handling the attendance
  10. Evaluation of the learning events
  11. Social competence and professionalism
  12. Research-based learning and scientific competence

Details about the principles of the teaching and learning can be found in the download section.

Completion of the study

Academic degree

The principles of the doctoral thesis are developed during the research trimester. The preparation, submission, evaluation and publication of the doctoral thesis takes place in accordance with the promotion regulation. The study ends with the title "Dr. med. univ.".


Recognition of the completion of the study

The equality of the graduation from Paracelsus Medical Private University with the graduation from an Austrian public university is assured by the accreditation certificate and the mutual recognition of the Austrian and German graduations, which is based on:

the Agreement on the mutual recognition of the equivalency of educational certificates in higher education
as well as on the Lisbon Recognition Convention.

As regards the professionala practice in Germany, we refer to the Information of the German Medical Association.


Information for applicants from non-EU-/EEA member countries

For applicants who are not citizens of an EEA country (i.e. the EU countries, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein) or Switzerland, due to legal grounds (§ 8 (5) of the Austrian Physicians Law), there is no possibility for postgraduate medical education in Austria after successfully completed study in human medicine at an Austrian university (regular cycle, residency training). However, for citizen of other countries there are in any case equal opportunities according to § 5b of the Austrian Physicians Law, insofar as the prerequisites specified there are fulfilled.

However, in any case, it is recommended to all applicants from countries that other than the aforementioned countries to check beforehand the recognition of the Austrian study in human medicine in the case of requesting approval in the respective country of origin or in other countries, for which approval is needed.

Study fees, scholarships and financing

As a private university, we do not receive any support from the Ministry of Science and thus we charge a study fee. This fee is low within the framework of international comparison. With the help of scholarships and other financial assistance, it is ensured that the financial aspects are not selection criteria. It is very important to us that social circumstances do not prevent anyone from the possibility to study at out university.

Study fee

From 2017 academic year, the study fee is EUR 14,400. It has to be paid in advance for the academic year. The payment is specified in the study contract concluded between the university and the student.

In addition, living costs, the costs for laptop, textbooks, lecture notes, USMLE Step1 examination fee, etc. for the course of studies must be taken into account.

No state study fee has to be paid.


Public study grants

The students at the private universities are equated to the students at the Austrian state universities in the law of aliens and student grants areas. Every student with domestic nationality can request public student assistance. The student assistance is a means of financial support for the students by the state in accordance with the student assistance law. More details under: http://www.stipendium.at


Family allowances

The provisions regarding the claim to family allowances, co-insurance of children as well as the taxation provisions are applicable to all students at private universities.

Merit-based scholarship at Paracelsus University

Merit-base scholarships are paid every year to the students at Paracelsus Medical Private University. These are awarded at the end of each academic year for each class at the amount between 750 and 1500 Euros depending on the achieved ECTS-weighed grade point average.


The details for the requirements of Paracelsus University in Salzburg and the financing model of Paracelsus University in Nuremberg can be found in the download section.

Application

We are pleased by your interest in a graduate study in human medicine at the study locations in Salzburg and Nuremberg.

Paracelsus University selects its students on the basis of objective criteria and distributes 50 places per year to the best candidates at each location. The limited number of places for study that are offered is in contrast to the large number of interested candidates.

We ask you to read carefully the information about the application and the selection procedure.

We will inform you with pleasure about the details of the application, admission, study program structure and the process of study, as well as about the specific features of the study during our information event.

The admission prerequisites for the application and the details about the application for a place of study can be found in the download section.


Enrolment period

An application for enrolment can be submitted only within the enrolment period between 01/01/2017 and 04/06/2017.

The online application form is activated during the enrolment period!

The study in the human medicine program at Paracelsus University starts in late summer (last week of August).




Since the communication with the candidates takes place predominantly by e-mail, you must provide a valid e-mail address and make sure that the messages are retrieved regularly by you.

Admission procedure

The admission procedure for graduate study of human medicine at Paracelsus Medical Private University is set up in three steps. This comprehensive procedure permits to select from the large number of applicants the candidates with the best prerequisites for the study of medicine.

The basic prerequisite for an application or for participation in the admission procedure is the fulfilment of the admission criteria.

A description of the admission procedure can be found in the download section.


First step: Written application

The written application gives us a way to have a first look at your life path until now, your personality and your motivation.

The complete application includes:

  • The online application form, including an upload of all application documents
  • The payment of the application fee

There is no legal claim for acceptance in the further application steps of the application procedure.


Second step: Written test

In the admission procedure, only applicants are considered that have fulfilled all admission prerequisites, have submitted electronically, correctly and on time the online form and all application documents.

The test takes place, no matter for which location your application form has been submitted, at the Paracelsus University in Salzburg on a PC and takes about five hours.

The following main points are taken into consideration at the admission test:

  • Intelligence
  • Learning ability
  • Working attitude
  • Personality
  • Natural sciences questions on the level of the school-leaving examination/high school certificate (biology, chemistry, physics) You can find more detailed information here
  • English at school-leaving examination/high school certificate level

Proceeding from the requirements profile of Paracelsus University, a ranking list of the best 300 applicants is prepared on the basis of the shown test results in all sub-divisions. Per study location, 150 applicants are invited to a personal interview. The applicants who have not specified a study location are assigned a study location on the basis of random principle, which is also where the interview is to take place.

There can be no legal claims against this decision.


Third step: Interview

The conversation with the selected candidates is conducted on the basis of standardised questions and criteria by the interview team at the respective study location of Paracelsus University.

This conversation permits us to get to know you personally, to clarify any open questions from the application documents and to see whether your expectations correspond to our educational offer.

Commission decision

The admission commission makes the final decision on the definitive admission as well as on the admission on the waiting list. There can be no legal claims against this decision. The decision of the commission is communicated to you in writing at the beginning of July.


Education contract

The legal base of the educational relationship is a contract which is concluded between Paracelsus Medical Private University and the student, also involving the parents. This contract is sent together with the confirmation for the place of study.

Information event

We are pleased to inform you about all details regarding the application, admission, scholarships, study structure, study courses and specific features of the study of human medicine and show you the premises of our university at the respective study location during this information event.

Please select online your desired appointment date and time and provide your contact data:

Contact Salzburg

Mag. Doris Carstensen, MBA
Diplomstudium Humanmedizin Salzburg

Phone: +43 662 2420-80220, +43 699 14420052
Mail: doris.carstensen@pmu.ac.at
Eva Niederreiter
Studienorganisation Humanmedizin | Salzburg

Phone: +43 662 2420-80221
Mail: eva.niederreiter@pmu.ac.at
Livia Roßberg, BA

Phone: +43 662 2420-80223
Mail: livia.rossberg@pmu.ac.at
Mag. Carola Geib

Phone: +43 662 2420-80222
Mail: carola.geib@pmu.ac.at
Nadja Genser

Phone: +43 662 2420-80224
Mail: nadja.genser@pmu.ac.at
Margit Kalteis
Student Services

Phone: +43 662 2420-80207
Mail: margit.kalteis@pmu.ac.at
Andrea Bauer, Bakk.biol.
(currently on maternity leave)

Mail: andrea.bauer@pmu.ac.at

Contact Nuremberg

Dr. Ines Spieler

Phone: +49 911 398 6753
Fax: +49 911 398 6751
Mail: ines.spieler@pmu.ac.at
Christiane Baumann

Phone: +49 911 398-6752
Fax: +49 911 398-6751
Mail: christiane.baumann@pmu.ac.at
Karin Leistner

Phone: +49 911 398-6750
Fax: +49 911 398-6751
Mail: karin.leistner@pmu.ac.at
Sarah-Lena Bachmann

Phone: +49 911 398-6755
Fax: +49 911 398-6751
Mail: sarah.bachmann@pmu.ac.at
Jutta Reichelsdorfer

Phone: +49 911 398 6756
Mobile: +49 911 398 6751
Mail: jutta.reichelsdorfer@pmu.ac.at