Becoming a Doctor: Studying Medicine in Germany

Germany is consistently one of the top countries for studying Medicine, with 32 of its Universities included in the QS World University Rankings by Subject for Medicine in 2020.

Top Universities in Germany for Medicine

According to the QS World University Rankings by subject, the best places to study medicine in Germany are:

  1. Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg
  2. Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
  3. Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin
  4. Technical University of Munich
  5. Universität Hamburg
  6. Goethe-University Frankfurt am Main
  7. Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen
  8. Albert-Ludwigs-Universitaet Freiburg
  9. University of Göttingen
  10. Medizinische Hochschule Hannover

How much does it cost to study Medicine in Germany?

Non-EU students will pay around $3500 USD per semester, which is considerably lower than most other leading Universities in other countries. EU residents have to pay around $290 USD for their semesters. Many students can even apply to study for free if they are accepted onto a scholarship. It is reasonably cheap to live in Germany (compared to the UK or USA), and your annual living fees will be approx. $11,800 USD.

In Germany, a specialist earns around €80,000 per year on average. Physicians are also among the highest-paid doctors. With many years of experience, a physician in Germany can expect to around a lot more than €100,000 per year.

The enrolment process

The enrollment process involves submitting the following documents at the Office of Students Affairs “Studentensekretariat”:

Application Deadlines for Medicine Courses in Germany

Application deadlines for medicine courses change from university to university. In general, most medical schools in Germany apply two application falls

  • 15 July for the upcoming Winter Semester
  • 15 January for the upcoming Summer Semester

The Process of Becoming a Qualified Doctor

It takes typically 6-7 years to complete a Human medical degree in Germany, as the courses are all so varied and detailed. This is why medicine degrees from Germany are so highly regarded.

  • Stage 1: Pre-clinical phase

This stage is four semesters (two years) long and will introduce you to the key basics of natural sciences and medicine. It concludes with the first medical licensing examination.

  • Stage 2: Clinical phase

This is the main phase of the study (six semesters – three years) comprised of the core subjects, taught in lectures, practical courses, internships and seminars.

  • Stage 3: Practical year

This is one year of clinical training, in which you’ll be introduced to the practical aspects of surgery, internal medicine and an elective subject. This phase provides on-the-job experience to prepare you for your future profession.

  • State Examination

The last step in completing your medical degree in Germany is to pass the State Examination, a nationally standardised examination. After taking and passing the examination, you can apply for your medical license (Approbation) and begin working as a certified doctor.