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Medicine (study location Mannheim)

Degree State Examination
Application     mandatory
Course commences winter semester only
Standard course duration 6 years + 3 months
Language requirements International students must furnish evidence of adequate proficiency in German.
Language of instruction German

Mannheim Medical Faculty

Course outline

The medical course lasts at least 6 years + 3 months and leads to the State Examination and the subsequent Licence to Practise Medicine (Approbation). It divides into a pre-clinical section of two years’ duration leading to the first leg of the Examination for Physicians (Ärztliche Prüfung) followed by the clinical section of a further three years’ duration leading to the second leg of the Examination for Physicians. There follows a Practical Year and the subsequent third leg of the Examination for Physicians.

The aims, content and structure of the course are set out in the Licensing Regulations for Physicians (Approbationsordnung für Ärzte).

Either before embarking on the course or during periods when no teaching takes place, students undergo training in First Aid and a three-month Patient Care Training stint as part of the pre-clinical section of their studies. We recommend completing as much of the Patient Care Training programme as possible before starting on the course.

Prerequisites and admission

Prerequisites for success in the medical course are above all sound scientific knowledge in biology, chemistry and physics plus an intuitive grasp of medical and scientific issues, organisational skill, the ability to apply oneself exclusively to the job in hand, engagement with quantitative and formal problems, a gift for observation, a good memory and communication skills. A good command of English is indispensable, knowledge of Latin is an asset. Medical students need to be able to withstand a high degree of pressure. The relevant statutory provisions mean that the course is highly regimented. In term time, students must expect to spend at least 25 to 30 hours a week attending compulsory classes. Examinations come thick and fast, standards are high and exam topics cover a lot of ground. The “breaks” between terms characteristic of other university courses are either non-existent or have to be used to gain practical clinical experience (without remuneration).

Course structure

The Mannheim Reformed Curriculum for Medicine ("MaReCuM")

In the Mannheim MaReCuM model course, instruction takes the form of integrated modules. Traditional subject boundaries are dismantled, the focus is on themes, organs, syndromes. In line with this is the close intermesh of clinical research with basic research and teaching at the CBTM (Centre for Biomedicine and Medical Technology in Mannheim) created expressly for MaReCuM. The entire medical course is geared to the core competencies that physicians can be expected to have. Accordingly, the ethics of medical action is just as much part and parcel of the programme as medical communication, dealing with patients, and the economics of health. From the outset, students are accompanied by mentors supplying them with feedback on their performance.

In the MaReCuM model course, the Practical Year divides into four quarters. New here is the “Outpatient Medicine” quarter. This training section is a response to the fact that more and more illnesses are being dealt with via outpatient rather than inpatient treatment. In this quarter, students are systematically familiarised with the corresponding diagnostic approaches, therapies and processes.

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Formal requirements

To apply for a place as a first-term medical student, the first institution to turn to is the Stiftung für Hochschulzulassung, a central council regulating admissions to universities. At the same time, you have to apply for inclusion in the higher-education selection procedure (AdH) at Heidelberg University/Mannheim. Here the Test for Medical Study Courses (TMS) is an important selection criterion for admission to medical courses in Mannheim.

Information on the higher-education selection procedure at Heidelberg University:


If you require personal counselling on the higher-education selection procedure (application for medical courses) and the TMS, you can contact us by phone every Wednesday of the year from 10 am – 12 noon: +49 (0)621 3836909

On the websites of the University you will also find more information on the various university entrance qualifications.

Admission to higher semesters

To apply for admission to higher semesters, please contact Heidelberg University’s Central Administration offices: Direct application for admission to higher semesters or Change of study location via exchange.

The Central University Administration is also the right address for applications for an exchange of study places, matriculation, exmatriculation, re-registration, vacation semesters, study fees, more information here.

Service phone: +49 (0)6221 545454

e-mail portal:

International applicants

There are special regulations for international applicants. Please consult Heidelberg University’s International Relations Office (Akademisches Auslandsamt, Seminarstraße 2) for more information. International applicants are invited to participate in a preparatory course taking place in the summer semester prior to the beginning of the course proper.

Study and examination regulations

Study Regulations (Mannheim) (21 July 2016)

Examinations board

Issues arising in connection with examinations, credit transfer and academic credential recognition are dealt with by the examinations board or office. For more information, consult the academic advisor(s) indicated below.


Tuition fees at Heidelberg University are payable at the beginning of each semester.


Academic Advisors

For prospective students

For information on the course, go first of all to

Counselling by phone: Wednesdays 10 am - 12 noon. Call +49 (0)621 38371259.
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For students

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Dean of Studies
Mannheim Heidelberg Medical Faculty
Theodor-Kutzer-Ufer 1-3
68167 Mannheim


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