Medical University of Graz

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Medical University of Graz
founding January 1, 2004 (faculty since 1863)
Sponsorship state
place Graz , Austria
Rector Hellmut Samonigg
Students 4398 (as of 2018)
Employee 2562 (as of: 2018)
including professors 77 (as of 2018)
Annual budget 114,958,819.44

The Medical University of Graz is a medical university in Austria that has existed since January 1, 2004 and has been part of the Karl-Franzens University of Graz as a medical faculty since 1863 .

Research at the Medical University of Graz


Since the University Act 2002 came into force on January 1, 2004 , the Med Uni Graz (like the Medical University of Vienna and the Medical University of Innsbruck ) has been an independent university that emerged from the former medical faculty of the Karl-Franzens-University Graz . The medical training had taken place since 1782 as part of a medical-surgical course, the medical faculty was founded in 1863 by Emperor Franz Joseph I.

The transition from the medical faculty to the medical university took place within the framework of the founding convention under the leadership of chairman Karlheinz Tscheliessnigg with the election of the first rector Gerhard Franz Walter . After the first term of the rectorate of Walter, the Medical University was headed from October 2007 to March 2008 by the former vice rector and founding convention chairman Tscheliessnigg until Josef Smolle was elected as the new rector. Hellmut Samonigg has been Rector of the Medical University since 2016.

The University Library of the Medical University of Graz was part of the University Library of Graz before the two universities were split up .

On October 8, 2012, Austria's very first white coat ceremony was held as a cooperation project with the student body at the Med Uni Graz, which represented a great leap forward in promoting corporate identity and identifying students with their alma mater.



In the history of the Medical University (or Medical Faculty) three Nobel Prize winners worked in Graz.

Research priorities

The university determined its research priorities by establishing research fields. The existing research fields are: “Molecular Basics of Lipid-Associated Diseases”, “Neurosciences”, “Cancer Research”, “Cardiovascular Research” and the general topic “Sustainable Health Research”.

Research projects

Within the framework of the FWF's special research areas, there are three SFBs at the Medical University of Graz: "Lipotox" (Lipotoxicity: Lipid-induced Cell Dysfunction and Cell Death), "Mobis" (Mathematical Optimization and Applications in Biomedical Science) and "Lipid hydrolysis". There is also a Christian Doppler Laboratory (CD Laboratory for Liquid Biopsies for the early detection of cancer) and the COMET K project “CAMed” (Clinical Additive Manufacturing for Medical Applications) in addition to numerous EU projects. Two Ludwig Boltzmann Institutes on the subjects of "Clinical Forensic Imaging" and "Pulmonary Vascular Research" have been opened in recent years.


The research documentation ("FoDok") provides a transparent overview of research achievements and researchers at the university.


Med Uni Graz is a member of EURAXESS, a European initiative to support the mobility of researchers. Internationally mobile researchers who come to Styria for scientific work or want to go abroad are advised and supported.

Committees and management


Rectorate of the Medical University of Graz

The rector of the Medical University of Graz has been Hellmut Samonigg since February 15, 2016 . Samonigg is a cancer specialist and is known to the public as the initiator of the "Don't Smoke" expert initiative and campaign against tobacco smoking . His second term of office started on February 15, 2020 with Vice Rectors Caroline Schober-Trummler (Research and International Affairs), Andreas Leithner (Clinical Agenda), Sabine Vogl (Studies and Teaching) and Birgit Hochenegger-Stoirer (Financial Management, Law and Digitization).

From 2004 to 2008 Gerhard Franz Walter was rector of the Med Uni Graz, followed by Josef Smolle, who was rector of the Medical University of Graz from 2008 to 2016.


The Senate consists of 9 professors, 4 student members, 4 members of the mid-level staff and a representative of the general university staff. As Chairman of the Senate, Alexander Rosenkranz chairs the meetings.

University Council

Since March 1, 2018, the University Council has included Hans Sünkel (chair), Eva Schulev-Steindl (deputy chair), Rosa Bellmann-Weiler, Sylvia Knapp, Winfried Pinggera and Michael Töpker.

Rector of Studies

Erwin Petek is the principal of studies, Eva Reininghaus is the vice-principal.

Student body

The student body (ÖH Med Graz) represents the students. It consists of the university representatives as well as the study representatives for human medicine, dentistry, health and nursing science and doctoral studies. According to the University Act , general elections take place every 2 years. In the last ÖH election in 2019, the list, Austria-wide part of the Association of Socialist Students of Austria , received a share of the vote of 70.45% (seven mandates), the list JUNOS - Young Liberal Students 19.86% (two mandates ). The current chair of the university representation consists of Johanna Brehmer (Chair), Anna Traninger (1st Deputy Chair) Leander Klaes (2nd Deputy Chair).

The journal of the ÖH Med Graz, medizynisch , was named the third best medical student journal in the German-speaking area in 2008.

The first WCC (White Coat Ceremony) in Austria took place in Graz in 2012 and was implemented by the ÖH.


Course offer

Studying at the Medical University of Graz

The following regular studies can be taken at the Medical University of Graz:

Degree program in human medicine (O 202)

Campus life at the Medical University of Graz

The study of human medicine in Graz comprises 12 semesters in 3 study sections of 4, 6 and 2 semesters and an ECTS workload of 360 points. In contrast to Vienna and Innsbruck, the 16-week mandatory clinical traineeship can be taken at wards of your choice, although only a maximum of 4 weeks at non-bed facilities, such as pathological or pathophysiological institutes, are recognized.

The reformed diploma program human medicine was offered with October 2002 for the first time and is characterized by enhanced practical and patient vicinity, entangled learning module structure and innovative concepts such as a mandatory clinical training in a general medical practice and a variety of optional modules (special study modules, SSMs) - of Molecular Medicine from health economics to practical emergency and disaster medicine . Unique in Austria, at the end of the fifth year of study, before the beginning of the practical 6th year, a so-called OSKE examination (objective structured clinical examination) for practical and clinical skills must be passed, without which the transition to the last year of study is not possible.

The human medicine curriculum, together with the dental medicine curriculum, has been accredited by the quality assurance institute ACQUIN as the only medical course in Austria to date.

Further studies

The lecture hall center of the Medical University of Graz

The studies "Rigorosenstudium Humanmedizin (O 201)" and "Bachelor Health and Nursing Science" have expired, new enrollments are no longer possible.

University courses

The Center for Medical Research of the Med Uni Graz

In addition to the regular courses, the Med Uni Graz also offers university courses. The Med Uni Graz Postgraduate School comprises the continuing education offer of the Med Uni Graz.

Master courses:

  • MSc Applied Nutritional Medicine
  • Master of Dermoscopy and Preventive Dermatooncology
  • Master of Public Health
  • MBA Health Care and Hospital Management
  • MSc Biobanking
  • MSc Medical Genetics
  • Master of Medical Simulation (MMS)
  • Master of Health Education
  • MSc in cardiorespiratory physiotherapy
The Clinical Skills Center of the Medical University of Graz

Degree as an academic / expert:

  • Academic Expert in Dermoscopy
  • SAB in anesthesia care
  • SAB in child intensive care
  • SAB in intensive care
  • SAB in the care of renal replacement therapy
  • SAB in care in the operating area
  • Special training in hospital hygiene
  • Medium care management
  • Interdisciplinary early intervention and family support

University courses with a university degree certificate:

  • Clinical Trial Specialist
  • Dementia care / care for the elderly with a focus on neurocognitive disorder
  • Diabetes Care
  • Basic dermoscopy
  • Health system leaders
  • Health Education
  • Clinical Investigator
  • Practitioner in Medical Simulation
  • Trainers for people with autism spectrum disorder
  • Special additional training in anesthesia care
  • Special additional training in intensive care
  • Special additional training in child intensive care
  • Special additional training in the care of renal replacement therapy

Access restrictions

In the 2005/06 winter semester - according to a corresponding judgment by the ECJ - applicants who could not provide a place to study in their home country could also enroll, which triggered a rush of German applicants in particular. Since the Medical Universities of Vienna and Innsbruck only accepted a limited number of willing students and the Med Uni Graz was the only Austrian medical university to give all students access, almost 3000 first-semester students studied in a "virtual semester" in the winter semester for the selection process at the end of the semester ( 16 and 17 January 2006) almost 1200 students took part - the 109 best got a fixed place at the university.

From the 2006/07 winter semester onwards, students were selected based on their previous school knowledge on the basis of a multiple-choice test on basic medical-related subjects such as biology , chemistry , physics , mathematics and the understanding of scientific texts Test part "Situational Judgment" checked. In 2013 a new, Austria-wide, identical selection procedure was introduced at all medical universities, which contains numerous elements of the previous selection procedure in Graz. The entrance test for human medicine (MedAT-H) is a multi-part, written procedure and is divided into the following sections:

  • Basic knowledge test in medical studies: Examination of previous school knowledge in the fields of biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics.
  • Text comprehension: Review of reading skills and understanding of texts.
  • Cognitive abilities and skills: This part of the test consists of five task groups (putting together figures, sequences of numbers, verbal fluency, memory and memory as well as recognizing implications) and records basic cognitive abilities and skills.
  • Social-emotional competencies: This part of the test consists of the task groups Recognizing Emotions and Social Decisions, which cover essential aspects of social-emotional competencies.

The entrance test for dentistry (MedAT-Z) is largely identical to the MedAT-H. Instead of the test part Text comprehension and the task group Recognize implications, the task groups wire bending and mirroring shapes are used in the test part Manual Skills.

Due to the quota regulation applicable in Austria, 75 percent of the study places are allocated to applicants with an Austrian secondary school leaving certificate, 20 percent to applicants with a secondary school leaving certificate from an EU state or an equivalent state (e.g. South Tyrol, Luxembourg, Lichtenstein) and five percent to applicants from other countries Countries. The number of available study places was increased from 160 (2006) to 360 (2008). 334 places are offered for human medicine, 26 for dentistry. The number of applicants increased from 639 (2007) to 2006 (2012).



The preclinical clinic of the Medical University of Graz is located on the campus of the University of Graz at Harrachgasse 21 and houses the chair for macroscopic and clinical anatomy.


Most of the clinical training takes place on the premises of the LKH University Hospital Graz . Further teaching hospitals of the Medical University of Graz in Styria are the LKH-Graz West, the clinics of the Barmherzigen Brüder Graz, the Geriatric Health Centers Graz, the LKH Leoben, the accident hospital, the LKH Bruck, the LKH Deutschlandsberg, the LKH Feldbach, the LKH Fürstenfeld , the LKH Hartberg, the LKH Hörgas / Enzenbach, the LKH Judenburg-Knittelfeld, the LKH Klagenfurt, the Landesnervenklinik Sigmund Freud Graz, the LKH Stolzalpe, the LKH Voitsberg, the LKH Weiz, the Marienkrankenhaus Vorau and the Elisabethiner-Kliniken Graz .


Teaching, research and clinical application bundled in one location: With the MED CAMPUS Graz, the vision of the Medical Science City Graz becomes reality.

Module 1

Module 1 of the MED CAMPUS Graz was officially opened in October 2017. Module 1 was built on a 2.7-hectare site in Graz's Stiftingtal and offers around 40,000 square meters of gross floor area. An underground car park was created in the basement. The ground floor and the first floor house teaching, i.e. lecture halls and seminar rooms for students. The so-called campus level is located on the first floor. Open spaces and several rising structures (up to the 6th upper floors) were created here for the individual institutes and chairs with offices and laboratories for around 840 university employees. These structures are connected to each other by bridges on each floor.

Module 2

Since spring 2019, module 2 of the MED CAMPUS Graz has been under construction. On an additional 24,000 square meters of usable space, all pre-clinical areas of Med Uni Graz will be bundled in one location by 2022. The result is one of the most modern university locations in Europe, which is directly linked to the LKH-Univ. Klinikum Graz and the Center for Knowledge and Technology Transfer in Medicine (ZWT) and the life science companies located there. With module 2 - in addition to the integration of additional chairs - the communication and teaching areas for the students will be significantly expanded, a common cafeteria will also be created, as well as a second center for medical research (ZMF II) with freely allocable research areas.

Anatomy NEW

The new building for the chair for clinical and macroscopic anatomy will complete the multi-part major project MED CAMPUS Graz from 2022, construction will start in April 2020. The new anatomy will cover 4,200 square meters for teaching and research.

Web links

Commons : Medical University of Graz  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

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  5. 2014 accounts
  6. ^ Medical University of Graz
  7. FoDok Medical University of Graz
  8. Med-Uni Graz: Oncologist Hellmut Samonigg becomes the new Rector, APA Science, December 9, 2015, accessed on December 23, 2015.
  10. ^ Website of the MedUni Graz, Senate ( Memento from October 18, 2010 in the Internet Archive )
  11. ^ Medical University of Graz: University Council . Retrieved March 21, 2018.
  12. ^ ÖH Med Graz - Service that helps. Representation that works! Retrieved February 12, 2020 .
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  14. ^ Thieme Verlag, ViaMedici
  15. - ( Memento from December 28, 2013 in the Internet Archive )
  16. Press release MedUni Graz ( Memento from June 2, 2008 in the Internet Archive )
  18. ^ MedUni Graz Postgraduate School
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