Medical Faculty MannheimMedicine (study location Mannheim)

Teaching in the degree programme in Mannheim (Mannheimer Modellstudiengang, MaReCuM) is organised into a series of integrated modules. The traditional boundaries between specialist subject areas are overridden, resulting in a focus on topics, organs and specific illnesses or conditions. This is coupled with an emphasis on using clinical research to inform basic research and teaching.

The degree programme in Medicine lasts for a minimum of six years and three months and consists in three training phases:  

  • Preclinical study 
  • Clinical study 
  • Practice year  

At the end of the degree programme, students complete the state examination and so become licenced to practice as a medical doctor. Graduates can specialise after completion of the degree programme by continuing to study whilst they work.

Special Features and Characteristics

Heidelberg University has two medical faculties; one in Heidelberg, and one in Mannheim. The degree programme in Mannheim (Mannheimer Modellstudiengang, MaReCuM) provides students with a course which is easy to navigate and modularized. The programme is unparalleled in preparing students to practice as a medical doctor, or undertake research or teaching in the field. 

Particular characteristics of the course:  

  • Students are very well prepared for examinations, for state examinations and for the demands of medical practice 
  • Students are supported throughout their learning by fully engaged lecturers who are highly qualified in their subjects and in didactics, and by learning coordinators 
  • The interdisciplinary nature of the course aids students’ learning as the coordination of subjects facilitates understanding of complex content 
  • Modern approaches to learning and tutor support mean the content is frequently repeated and appropriated by students 
  • Each semester, teaching is supported by communications training and practice classes during which students practice carrying out medical investigation and procedures 
  • E-learning programmes, digital databases and instructional videos are provided for independent study 
  • Examinations are of a high quality 
  • Teaching promotes effective learning within familiar seminar classes and small groups 
  • The degree programme offers flexibility and opportunities to develop areas of specialism according to students’ interests 
  • Students of medicine in Mannheim generally complete the course within the standard period of study 
  • There is a comprehensive, structured range of elective courses, and numerous opportunities for students to participate in internal and external research projects 
  • There is a number of opportunities for, as well as advice on completing a period of study or work abroad 


Research at the Medical Faculty Mannheim is characterised by a strong link between the laboratory and the patient. Findings from clinical studies are quickly implemented in practice, and research consistently supports practice, modern teaching methods, and targeted investment in the next generation of medical researchers.  

The Faculty has four established fields of research: 

  • Medical technology 
  • Oncology 
  • Translational neurology 
  • Vascular biology and medicine

Occupational Areas

Graduates of Medicine might pursue employment in a number of different fields: Medical roles generally require an acute sense of responsibility, physical and psychological stability, the willingness to work long hours and engage in ongoing professional training. 

The major areas of employment for doctors are 

  • clinics, medical practices and centres  
  • medical research and teaching 

further areas of employment 

  • public health or administration 
  • medical technology / biomedical technologies / medical physics 
  • medical informatics 
  • scientific or medical journalism / online services 
  • industry 


Studierende Medizin (Studienort Mannheim) Uni Heidelberg

I study medicine because it is the ideal combination of natural sciences and a future career that will allow me to work with people, and to support and help them in moments of need.

Gwendolyn Elwardt, 20, Medicine (Mannheim), 1st semester State Examination

Preparatory Course

Newly admitted Heidelberg University students with foreign school-leaving certificates and admission have the opportunity to attend a four-week preparatory course in September to prepare for their studies.