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Study course Human Medicine (State Examination)

Faculty of Human (University)

Hardly any other degree is as competitive as medicine. The study spots are typically limited, and even with a superb final degree diploma of 1.0 (equiv. A levels) there is no guarantee to being admitted to a medicine degree. Notably, at MSH, you can fulfil your dream to study medicine – without being restricted by grade point average degree requirements.

In cooperation with the Helios Kliniken Schwerin, the MSH offers the human medicine course. The human medicine degree is positioned in the Faculty of Medicine at MSH. The course meets all the quality requirements of a degree in human medicine in Germany. It leads to the state examination and entitles to practice medicine in Germany.

As early as 2019, the MSH and our cooperating university HMU Health and Medical University in Potsdam received state-wide approval to train medical doctors at university level from the Authority for Science, Research, Equality, from the Districts of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg and from the Potsdam Ministry for Science, Research and Culture University, after the German Research Council had positively accredited the concept. Our partner university, the MSB Medical School Berlin, also received state recognition for the training of medical doctors at university level in 2020 from the Berlin Senate Chancellery - Science and Research. As such, we are offering a university degree in human medicine at three universities for the training of young medical professionals in Germany.

In our admission process, we want to get to know you in person. After you have submitted your written application, you can showcase your personal aptitude and motivation during our selection process. This process consists of a written medical exam, a case simulation in a group discussion and an individual conversation.

As part of the interprofessional university concept of MSH, our graduates of the human medicine degree are not just trained to become highly qualified doctors, but they also develop an interdisciplinary understanding of working in multi-professional teams.

The medical training is structured in an evidence-based and patient-related approach. Over the course of the degree, our students acquire an interdisciplinary understanding of key medical and methodological knowledge and they acquire detailed practical skills. We focus on psychological abilities as well as ethical aspects of medicine for our graduates’ best possible self-determined action in prevention, diagnostics, therapy and rehabilitation. In doing so, the latest research and societal needs are taken into account. We consciously focus on the promotion of lifelong learning. Clearly, the well-being of the patient is at the centre of everything we do.

  • Course content and structure
  • Admission
  • Career prospects

The courses in the first part of the degree (two years) take place on the research- and health campus in Hamburg Hafencity with a view of the Marco Polo Terraces, the Elbe river, the impressive concert hall Elbphilharmonie and the world-known Hamburg harbor. The second, clinical stage of study (three years) takes place on the campus of our clinic partner, the Helios Kliniken Schwerin in Schwerin. The practical year, which is planned for the third stage of study, can also be completed at the Helios Kliniken Schwerin or at another clinic approved for this purpose.

Following each of the three study sections, students have to sit the medical examinations, taken by the Landesprüfungsamt für Heilberufe der Hamburger Behörde für Gesundheit und Verbraucherschutz (State Examination Office for Health Professions of the Hamburg Authority for Health and Consumer Protection).

In addition, all students complete a three-month nursing service, a first aid training and a four-month internship (clinical internship) during their medical training. 

First stage of study / pre-clinical stage of study

The first section of the degree runs four semesters, is subject-oriented and conveys theoretical foundations such as anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, histology and other core subjects from natural and social sciences. The first section of the degree, also known as the “preclinical”, prepares students with lectures, seminars and internships for the subsequent practical part of the degree. Early internships introduce students to the field of clinical medicine and support them in exploring the chosen future field of work from a practical side. It is here that students get in touch with practical work, for example as part of a three-months nursing service in the hospital.

Besides, students experience regular practical assignments in the field of general medicine. The degree is structured in separate modules and an exam follows each module. After successful completion of each exam, students are admitted to the first part of the medical examination.

Second stage of study / clinical stage of study

After the first part of the medical examination is completed, the second section of the degree commences. The so-called clinical phase comprises six semesters. The modules are subject and organ-related as well as structured in an interdisciplinary approach.

Our students complete the clinical phase on the campus of our practice partner, the Helios Kliniken Schwerin. This is where they practice hands-on skills, such as working with patients and learning to think across disciplines. The theoretical modules of the second section of the degree are organ-centered, i.e. assigned to individual organs, and discuss these in detail.

Third stage of study / practical year

The practical year (Praktisches Jahr - PJ) is the third and final phase of the degree in human medicine. It is situated in the eleventh and twelfth semester and can be completed either at our practice partner, the Helios Kliniken Schwerin, or at another approved hospital.

The practical year (PJ) is divided into three 16-week units, the so-called tertials. In the course of this term, the PJ-students have to be exposed to the three departments of internal medicine, surgery and a hospital department of their choice. The focus of the practical year is on applying theoretical and practical knowledge to the patient as well as to experience the processes in everyday hospital life.

What requirements do you have to meet to enter the human medicine degree program (state examination)?

  • Eligibility to study according to § 37 HmbHG or
  • Degree-related entitlement to study in accordance with § 38 HmbHG

Contact us. We are happy to respond to any questions you may have.

Your application

  • Fully completed and signed admission application with tabular curriculum vitae and two current passport photos (name on reverse)
  • Certificate of required previous education with average grade
  • Copy of identity card (front and back), Identity card for international students
  • Proof of completed vocational training in the form of professional license and certificate
  • Evidence of activities conducted to date
  • Study book or degree certificate, if applicant has already studied at other universities


Note: To accept applicants with foreign degrees, all application documents and documents relevant to admission (certificates, Vitas, internship certificates, module descriptions) must be translated into German and these translations must be officially certified. In addition, a »German language certificate, Level C1« (language level according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) is required.

Studying at MSH Medical School Hamburg is numerus-clausus free. For us, performance, talent, motivation and discipline count more than the final grade point average on your high school diploma. Punctuality, good performance and commitment during your studies are of greater importance.

Wie läuft das Zulassungsverfahren ab?

As a graduate of the human medicine degree program at the MSH, you can apply for a license to practice medicine once you a) have completed all components of the human medicine degree program in accordance with the current medical license regulations for doctors, b) have passed all three parts of the medical examination and c) can prove that all other requirements have been met. With the license to practice medicine, you receive the state approval to officially work as a medical doctor.

Whilst your career prospects as a medical doctor are diverse, the demand in clinics and in private practice is high. In rural areas in particular, the demand for specialists has been high for years. The large majority of medical graduates therefore complete a subsequent specialist training (five to six years) after completing their medical degree. The specialist training paves the way for the future field of work. This then leads to choosing from either becoming a registered doctor in a practice or pursuing a clinical career.

The state examination in human medicine also offers a wide range of perspectives beyond the traditional medical professions:

  • Graduates with an affinity for research can work in research institutions at universities, non-university institutions in medical research, the pharmaceutical industry or drug development.
  • In occupational and organisational medicine, you work in the field of prevention, by avoiding work-related and environmental health damages. You deal with occupational diseases, handle the vocational reintegration of chronically ill employees and manage the assessment of employees' ability to work.
  • As a mediator between the medical departments and the clinic administration, you combine business aspects with medical expertise in quality management in order to design and optimize administrative processes.
  • After an additional training in the field of medical technology, you can work on the interface between medicine, management and product development. Do you have an affinity for computer science? Then help shape the future of e-health.
  • It is also possible to work without patients, for example in the insurance sector (health, life and accident insurance), with authorities, the social psychiatric service, the German Medical Association or the Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians.

At a glance

Study commencement date
01. October (WS)

Study Duration
Full-time: 12 semester and 3 months

Study fees
1,500 Euro/month in 1. (pre-clinical) und 2. (clinic) study section
300 Euro/month in the Practical Year until the 3. medical examination

Enrollment fee
100 Euro

Application fee
200 Euro per application (after invoice)

Written Application and personal selection procedure incl. university internal medical test

State Examination

Field of work
› Clinic/Hospital
› Established doctor
› Safety and Health Protection
› Research Institutions
› Medical and Quality Management
› Insurance Companies and State Agencies

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Flyer Human Medicine (State Examination) (German only)

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