Human Medicine programme for award of the Dr. med. univ

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It is a consecutive Bachelor's/Master's degree, which graduates complete after three years with a Bachelor of Science (BSc) and after another three years with the qualifying title of "Doctor medicinae universae (Dr. med. univ.)".

Active participation of the students in the lectures, seminars, internships and exercises can be guaranteed due to the small group sizes (around 40 students per study group). Outstanding professors and lecturers, for example the Spiegel best-selling author Prof. Dr. Andreas Michalsen, Head of Immanual Krankenhaus Berlin, participated in the Human Medicine programme at DPU.

Medical Excellence

DPU stands for excellence in teaching, science and research, offering its students a state-of-the-art study programme in human medicine. This is ensured on the one hand by the presentation of knowledge by renowned lecturers, predominantly professors, who teach and research at a high professional level, and on the other hand by practice-oriented training based on the latest methods, state-of-the-art equipment and an excellent infrastructure.

Studying successfully as a community

The students perceive their studies as an “experience”. They are both challenged and supported, and they are partners in teaching, science and research from the very beginning. A clearly structured and streamlined study programme, compact teaching, compulsory attendance, regular coaching and tutorials stimulate performance. Despite stringent academic demands, studies at DPU take place in a positive, familiar atmosphere. Mutual consideration and work as a community take the place of selfish competition. Every student who achieves the required performance at DPU always has the opportunity to complete their degree within the standard period of study.

Real-world orientation

From the beginning of the programme, the Department of Medicine/Dentistry attaches great importance to special real-world orientation. In medicine, scientific practical trainings take place in small groups in the first semester. This enables particularly intensive support and advancement for each individual.

Numerous other courses include lectures and seminars as well as internships, for example in first aid. From the first to the third semester, students are introduced to the future everyday life of a medical professional in the subject of "Professional Exploration".


In the medicine programme, there is a course in "Technical Terminology". In “Scientific Work”, students are introduced to the processing of international scientific literature in a globalised world.

Overall responsibility

The Human Medicine programme at DPU aims to train physicians capable of further training in all scientific and practical fields of medicine, who exercise the medical profession on the basis of extensive competence and continuously bring new research results into the medical profession. This competence builds on well-founded knowledge and understanding of the scientific principles and methods of medicine, and allows the acquired skills and psychosocial competencies to be used in medical treatment.

Graduates should be able to

  • independently place diseases and pathological processes in a functional relationship with anatomical, physiological and biochemical processes,
  • make independent judgements based on their own knowledge of the basics and therapeutic options for diseases,
  • empathise with the diagnosis, treatment and care of patients,
  • and cope with the rapidly changing, very different requirements of the labour market in the health sector.