The Medical University of Graz is a young university with a long-standing tradition: As early as 1863 much emphasis was put on medical research and the education of new physicians, both of which proved to be very successful. In January 2004 the former Faculty of Medicine was replaced by an autonomous university.
The core competencies of the Medical University of Graz are: high-standard training and education, research at an international level and continuous improvement of top-quality medicine. Additionally, the orientation toward the bio-psycho-social model is one of the main concerns of the university.
This orientation is also clearly reflected in the field of education, where patients with their ailments and environment take the center stage and specialists will come to them.
It is not only in research and patient care that the Medical University of Graz breaks new ground. This applies especially to the field of education, where a new curriculum for medicine has been introduced in 2002. According to this curriculum students start their education with practical training and the medical knowledge will be imparted in special modules.
For the students this means practical experience at a very early stage of their studies and there are seminars and small study groups. Furthermore, emphasis is put on both medical knowledge and on social competence and ethics.
- founded as Medical Faculty in | 1863
- autonomous Medical University since | 2004
- number of teachers | 1,343
- number of students | 4,105
- percentage of foreign students | 12.5%
- Medical Sciences
- Nursing Science
- PhD Programme
At the Medical University of Graz one focus is laid on practical skills. Students of the degree programme medicine have the possibility to practise their medical skills in Austria’s first «Clinical Skills Center». Different dummies and medical equipment are available for the training.
During the so-called «Clinical Year» the students have to participate in hands-on trainings in clinical subjects and to work in a family practice. Also, the bachelor programme of nursing science is practice-oriented with an amount of more than 2,500 hours. So the graduates receive both the academic degree and the full professional licence in general nursing.