Study Medicine & Physican Assistance in Germany: All study programmes for state examination + Bachelor & Master in comparison

  • 48Academic Programs
  • 23On-Site
  • 17Part-time
  • 6Online
  • 2Dual
  • 31Bachelor
  • 17Master
 · Last updated 11.09.2023

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Human Medicine is one of the most popular degree programmes in Germany, but at the same time it is also one of the most difficult to access. There is hardly a numerus clausus at any private university, but a degree programme in Human Medicine with the final goal of a state examination is currently offered at only 5 private universities in Germany. I will introduce you to all 5 universities and study programmes in the following.

In addition, however, there is a very broad range of degree programmes in the health sciences offered at private universities from Hamburg to Munich. For example: the Bachelor's degree programmes in Physician Assistance, which are very demanding and train students for assisting jobs in medicine. I present these and other study programmes in the field of medicine here.

Overview of all Courses

We have a total of 48 courses in the field of Medicine. The first 30 top courses are displayed. Use the filter function or our search to discover more courses in the field.

Carl Remigius Medical School

  • On-campus program
  •  Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.)
  •  8 Semester
  •  Frankfurt am Main or Hamburg
  •  German

Carl Remigius Medical School

  • Part-time program
  •  Master of Science (M.Sc.)
  •  4 Semester
  •  Idstein
  •  German

Carl Remigius Medical School

  • Part-time program
  •  Master of Science (M.Sc.)
  •  5 Semester
  •  Frankfurt am Main
  •  German

IU International University of Applied Sciences

  • Distance learning program
  •  Bachelor of Engineering (B.Eng.)
  •  6 Semester
  •  online
  •  German

Carl Remigius Medical School

  • Part-time program
  •  Master of Arts (M.A.)
  •  4 Semester
  •  Frankfurt am Main
  •  German

Fresenius University of Applied Sciences

  • Part-time program
  •  Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.)
  •  6 Semester
  •  Idstein
  •  German
  • Part-time program
  •  Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.)
  •  6 Semester
  •  Frankfurt am Main, Hamburg or Munich
  •  German

IU International University of Applied Sciences

  • Distance learning program
  •  Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.)
  •  6 Semester
  •  online
  •  German

Fresenius University of Applied Sciences

  • Part-time program
  •  Master of Science (M.Sc.)
  •  4 Semester
  •  Wiesbaden
  •  German

Witten/Herdecke University

  • On-campus program
  •  Staatsexamen
  •  12 Semester
  •  Witten
  •  German

RFH – University of Applied Science

  • On-campus program
  •  Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.)
  •  6 Semester
  •  Cologne
  •  German

DIPLOMA University of Applied Sciences

  • Distance learning program
  •  Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
  •  5 Semester
  •  German

Witten/Herdecke University

  • On-campus program
  •  Staatsexamen
  •  10 Semester
  •  Witten
  •  German
  •  Zahntechnische Aspekte, Funktionen des gesunden Mund-, Kiefer-, und -Gesicht-Systems: durch praktisches Training an Phantomköpfen, Grundlagen der konservierenden, chirurgischen und prothetischen Zahnh…

Steinbeis University

  • On-campus program
  •  Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.)
  •  6 Semester
  •  Berlin
  •  German

Steinbeis University

  • Part-time program
  •  Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.)
  •  6 Semester
  •  Berlin
  •  German

RFH – University of Applied Science

  • On-campus program
  •  Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.)
  •  6 Semester
  •  Cologne
  •  German

Brandenburg Medical School Theodor Fontane

  • On-campus program
  •  Staatsexamen
  •  12 Semester
  •  Brandenburg/Havel, Neuruppin
  •  German

Döpfer University of Applied Sciences

  • On-campus program
  •  Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.)
  •  6 Semester
  •  Cologne, Regensburg and Potsdam
  •  German

Fliedner University of Applied Sciences Dusseldorf

  • On-campus program
  •  Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.)
  •  7 Semester
  •  Düsseldorf
  •  German

IB University of Health and Social Sciences

  • On-campus program
  •  Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.)
  •  6 Semester
  •  Berlin
  •  German

Medical School Hamburg

  • On-campus program
  •  Staatsexamen
  •  12 Semester
  •  Hamburg
  •  German
  •  Fundamentals of medical skills, physics for physicians, chemistry for physicians, biology for physicians, medical terminology, medical psychology and sociology, elective, career exploration with mento…

DIPLOMA University of Applied Sciences

  • Distance learning program
  •  Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.)
  •  7 Semester
  •  German

Dresden International University

  • On-campus program
  •  Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.)
  •  8 Semester
  •  Dresden
  •  German

Steinbeis University

  • On-campus program
  •  Master of Science (M.Sc.)
  •  4 Semester
  •  Berlin
  •  German

Akkon University of Human Sciences

  • On-campus program
  •  Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
  •  6 Semester
  •  Berlin
  •  German

Steinbeis University

  • On-campus program
  •  Master of Science (M.Sc.)
  •  4 Semester
  •  Berlin
  •  German

Dresden International University

  • Part-time program
  •  Master of Science (M.Sc.)
  •  5 Semester
  •  Dresden
  •  German

Medical School Berlin

  • On-campus program
  •  Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.)
  •  6 Semester
  •  Berlin
  •  German

DIPLOMA University of Applied Sciences

  • Distance learning program
  •  Master of Arts (M.A.)
  •  5 Semester
  •  German

Dresden International University

  • Part-time program
  •  Master of Science (M.Sc.)
  •  4 Semester
  •  Dresden
  •  English

State examination: Study Human Medicine privately without NC

You can currently study Human Medicine with a final state examination at five private universities in Germany. The courses cost between just under 60,000 euros and 125,000 euros, although some of the universities also offer socially acceptable financing models.

Here is an overview of the five medical degree programmes at private universities:

CourseUniversityStudy siteDurationFees

On-campus program
Brandenburg/Havel, Neuruppin12 Semesterfrom 125000 € total

On-campus program
Witten12 Semesterfrom 62880 € total

On-campus program
Hamburg12 Semesterfrom 94500 € total

On-campus program
Potsdam or Erfurt12 Semesterfrom 94500 € total

On-campus program
Berlin13 Semesterfrom 93000 € total

In the following, I will introduce you to the individual degree programmes in more detail.

Witten/Herdecke University

Logo Uni WittenWitten/Herdecke University was founded in 1982 as a non-profit limited company and is the oldest private university in Germany. The university is located in Witten in North Rhine-Westphalia.

In the winter semester 2019/2020, a total of 2,617 students were enrolled at Witten University. The degree programme in Human Medicine at Witten University received state recognition in 2000 and is subject to the licensing regulations for doctors. A maximum of 84 students are admitted per semester.

As a university, Witten University is entitled to award doctorates. In addition, the university's Faculty of Health may replace the first of the three state examinations in the Human Medicine degree programme with internal equivalency examinations.

The study programme is divided into the 3 usual phases:

  • the 1st study phase comprises the 1st and 2nd study year
  • the 2nd study phase comprises the 3rd, 4th and 5th study year
  • the 3rd study phase in the 6th year of study consists of the practical year ("PY").

The medical degree programme at Witten University is NC-free and lasts 12.5 semesters. The general university entrance qualification, i.e. the Abitur or baccalaureate, is required for the application. Furthermore, applicants must have completed a 6-month nursing internship by the time they start their studies. In addition, applicants write a letter of motivation. Finally, applicants may be invited to a personal selection day in Witten.

As a non-profit limited company, Witten University acts in a non-profit manner and helps its students finance their studies through three different payment models. Students can choose to pay their fees monthly in the amount of 951 euros. Alternatively, the contributions can be repaid over a period of 10 years after graduation, depending on income.

Brandenburg Medical School Theodor Fontane

Logo MHBThe Brandenburg Medical School is a university with municipal and non-profit sponsorship. The university operates 2 campuses, one in Brandenburg an der Havel and one in Neuruppin, on the grounds of the Ruppiner Kliniken in Fehrbelliner Straße 38. The university was founded in 2014. In WS 2019/2020, a total of 444 students were enrolled at MHB.

The degree programme in Human Medicine at the MHB lasts a total of 12.5 semesters and follows the concept of personal medicine, i.e. attempts to integrate biomedical as well as psychosocial and sociocultural aspects in diagnostics and therapy as well as in the formulation of aetiopathogenesis of disease patterns.

The degree programme is NC-free. 48 courses are offered per semester. A university entrance qualification is required for admission. Students are selected according to personal criteria, especially motivation, practical experience and personality.

In addition, applicants must provide evidence of a 6-month internship before entering the degree programme, at least three months of which must be in nursing (MHB internship); the remaining months can be completed in nursing, in outpatient medical care as well as in a social institution or in a research institution as well as in other professional fields related to medicine. Training periods can be credited.

The study programme costs a total of 125,000 euros.

MSB Medical School Berlin

logo msbThe Medical School Berlin is a private, state-recognised university based in Berlin and part of a university network with MSH and BSP. The MSB was founded in 2012, and a total of 1,650 students were enrolled at the university in the winter semester 2019/2020. The Faculty of Medicine and the Faculty of Human Sciences have the status of a scientific university and are equivalent to a university.

The full-time study programme lasts 12.5 semesters and is divided into 3 study sections. With the 1st study stage, the pre-clinic, students complete the 1st part of the medical examination. The 2nd study stage, the clinical study stage, comprises a further 6 semesters. Subsequently, students complete the practical year in the 3rd study stage.

The general university entrance qualification is a prerequisite for admission. In addition, applicants undergo a selection procedure.

The tuition fees for the 1st and 2nd stage are 90,000 euros, payable in 60 equal monthly instalments of 1,500 euros each. The fees for the third stage of the programme amount to 4,500 euros, payable in 15 equal monthly instalments of 300 euros each.

The programme is run in cooperation with the Helios Klinikum Berlin-Buch.

MSH Medical School Hamburg

Logo MSHMSH Medical School Hamburg is a private, state-recognised university based in Hamburg. The MSH was founded in 2009, and a total of 3,023 students were enrolled at the university in the winter semester 2019/2020. The Faculty of Medicine and the Faculty of Human Sciences have the status of a scientific university and are equivalent to a university.

The full-time study programme lasts 12.5 semesters and is divided into 3 study sections. With the 1st study stage, the pre-clinic, students complete the 1st part of the medical examination. The 2nd study stage, the clinical study stage, comprises a further 6 semesters. Subsequently, students complete the practical year in the 3rd study stage.

The general university entrance qualification is a prerequisite for admission. In addition, applicants undergo a selection procedure.

The tuition fees for the 1st and 2nd stage are 90,000 euros, payable in 60 equal monthly instalments of 1,500 euros each. For the third stage of studies, 4,500 euros are due, payable in 15 equal monthly instalments of 300 euros each.

Health and Medical University

Logo HMU PotsdamThe Health and Medical University is a private, state-recognised university based in Erfurt with another campus at the Villa Carlshagen in Potsdam. HMU started teaching in the winter semester 2020/21, making it the youngest of the 5 private universities offering human medicine studies in Germany.

The full-time programme lasts 12.5 semesters and is divided into three study sections. In the first stage, the pre-clinic, students complete the first part of the medical examination. The 2nd study stage, the clinical study stage, comprises a further 6 semesters. Subsequently, students complete the practical year in the 3rd study stage.

The general university entrance qualification is a prerequisite for admission. In addition, applicants undergo a selection procedure.

The tuition fees for the 1st and 2nd stage are 90,000 euros, payable in 60 equal monthly instalments of 1,500 euros each. For the third stage of studies, 4,500 euros are due, payable in 15 equal monthly instalments of 300 euros each.

Campus of the Brandenburg Medical School

The best private medical schools at a glance

In addition to the five private universities with Human Medicine degree programmes, there are numerous other private universities that offer degree programmes in the health sector. I present the most important universities here in brief portraits.

Logo Carl Remigius Medical SchoolCarl Remigius Medical School: The Carl Remigius Medical School is a spin-off department of the Fresenius University of Applied Sciences that bundles a number of health science degree programmes. The institution was founded in 2016 and since then the Bachelor's and Master's degree programmes have been offered at the locations in Frankfurt/Main, Hamburg, Idstein and Munich. Of particular interest: the Bachelor's programme in Physican Assistance, the Bachelor's programme in Midwifery and the Master's programme in Naturopathy.

Logo FreseniusFresenius University of Applied Sciences: Fresenius University of Applied Sciences is one of the largest private universities of applied sciences in Germany, and also one of the oldest - the university was founded in 1848. In winter semester 2019/2020, a total of 12,991 students were enrolled in one of the numerous degree programmes. For example, courses are offered at the interface of biology and medicine, such as the Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences. The university is located in Idstein, but many degree programmes are offered at several locations in Germany, for example in Frankfurt, Munich, Cologne and Berlin.

Logo Uni WittenWitten/Herdecke University: Witten/Herdecke University was founded in 1982 as a non-profit limited company and is the oldest private university in Germany. The university is located in Witten in North Rhine-Westphalia. In the winter semester 2019/2020, a total of 2,617 students were enrolled at the university. The university offers not only a degree programme in Human Medicine, but also a degree programme in Dental Medicine.

Logo RFHRFH – University of Applied Science: The RFH Cologne is a private, state-recognised university of applied sciences based in Cologne. The university was founded in 1958, and in the winter semester 2019/2020 a total of 6,203 students were enrolled at the university. The university offers interesting degree programmes in the field of health, such as the Bachelor of Molecular Biomedicine.

Logo MHBBrandenburg Medical School Theodor Fontane: The Brandenburg Medical School is a municipally-owned, non-profit university. The university operates 2 campuses, one in Brandenburg an der Havel and one in Neuruppin. The university was founded in 2014, and a total of 444 students were enrolled at MHB in WS 2019/2020. As a university, the university offers a degree programme in Human Medicine.

Logo MSBMedical School Berlin: The Medical School Berlin is a private, state-recognised university of applied sciences based in Berlin. The university was founded in 2012, and in the winter semester 2019/2020, a total of 1,650 students were enrolled at the university. Among other courses, the university also offers a Bachelor in Physician Assistance.

Logo MSHMSH Medical School Hamburg: MSH Medical School Hamburg is a private, state-recognised university based in Hamburg. The MSH was founded in 2009, and a total of 3,023 students were enrolled at the university in the winter semester 2019/2020. The Faculty of Medicine and the Faculty of Human Sciences have the status of a scientific university and are equivalent to a university. Accordingly, MSH is one of the few private universities to offer a degree programme in Human Medicine leading to a state examination.

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Physican Assistance: Medical studies without NC to become a physician assistant

A Bachelor's or Master's degree programme in Physician Assistance is the alternative to studying medicine for all those who are unable to obtain a place in human medicine due to access restrictions.

Physician assistants are allowed to independently perform delegable activities that were previously reserved for the doctor. Accordingly, physician assistants are allowed to carry out simple treatments independently and assist doctors during operations, for example.

Private universities predominantly offer Bachelor's degree programmes in Physician Assistance. Example: the B.Sc. Physician Assistance at the Carl Remigius Medical School of the Fresenius University of Applied Sciences, which the university offers in Frankfurt am Main and Hamburg. You complete these modules within 8 semesters of full-time study:

  • Semester 1: Introduction to studies, scientific basics, taking medical history and medical psychology /sociology, anatomy I
  • Semester 2: Anatomy II and Examination Procedures, Medical Basics /Physiology and Pathophysiology, Legal Basics & Ethics
  • Semester 3: Fundamentals of Medical Technology & Diagnostic Procedures, Pharmacological Fundamentals & Toxicology, General and Special Disease Theory in Conservative Medicine - Practical Course I (6 weeks)
  • Semester 4: Hygiene, general and special pathology in operative medicine - practical course II (6 weeks)
  • Semester 5: Communication, Conversation & Social Skills, Medical Documentation and Information Management, Emergency Management and Rescue - Internship III (2 weeks)
  • Semester 6: Project work in conservative medicine - practical course IV (12 weeks), Project work in operative medicine - practical course IV (12 weeks)
  • Semester 7: Case and subject-specific medicine - practical course V (16 weeks)
  • Semester 8: Quality management, occupational and social medicine, prevention and rehabilitation, Bachelor's examination

Here are the most important degree programmes in Physician Assistance at private universities at a glance:

CourseUniversityStudy siteDurationFees

On-campus program
Frankfurt am Main or Hamburg8 Semesterfrom 30000 € total
from 625 € monthly

On-campus program
Bamberg, Bielefeld, Düren, Hannover6 Semesterfrom 25020 € total
from 695 € monthly

On-campus program
Cologne, Regensburg and Potsdam6 Semesterfrom 17640 € total
from 490 € monthly

Part-time program
Berlin6 Semesterfrom 18000 € total
from 500 € monthly

On-campus program
Düsseldorf7 Semesterfrom 20496 € total
from 488 € monthly

Part-time program
Berlin, Cologne, Rheine, Rostock6 Semesterfrom 21204 € total
from 589 € monthly

Part-time program
Berlin, Cologne, Rostock, Rheine4 Semesterfrom 15600 € total
from 650 € monthly

Distance learning program
online6 Semesterfrom 14739 € total
from 239 € monthly

Part-time program
Düsseldorf5 Semesterfrom 11580 € total
from 386 € monthly

On-campus program
Berlin6 Semesterfrom 21240 € total
from 590 € monthly

Part-time program
Gera, Heide6 Semesterfrom 20700 € total
from 550 € monthly

Studying medicine in Germany: The best study cities

Since a degree in Human Medicine is offered at only five private universities, the choice of study cities is correspondingly small. So those who want to study medicine privately in Germany currently have the choice between Hamburg, Potsdam, Witten in North Rhine-Westphalia - or Berlin, with Neuruppin and Brandenburg an der Havel in its vicinity.

However, health science programmes are also offered at private universities in all major cities throughout Germany. Here is a comparison of the most interesting study cities:

Sorting: Cost of living descending. Cost of living is an index of cost of living + rent. A cost of living index of 120 means that living in this city is 20% more expensive than living in New York City. Quality of life is the quality of life index, a combination of different indices. Details on the indices can be found at https://de.numbeo.com. Population density in inhabitants per km2
CityCost of livingQuality of lifePopulation densityUniversities
Munich 66.05 176.46 4,736 Carl Remigius Medical School
Frankfurt/Main 58.98 173.18 3,067 Carl Remigius Medical School
Hamburg 56.41 161.67 2,447 Carl Remigius Medical School, IB University of Health and Social Sciences, MSH Medical School Hamburg
Cologne 53.06 158.55 2,686 RFH – University of Applied Science, HSD Döpfer University of Applied Sciences
Dusseldorf 52.56 174.02 2,860 Fliedner University of Applied Sciences Dusseldorf
Berlin 54.53 160.06 4,115 Steinbeis University, IB University of Health and Social Sciences,  Akkon University of Human Sciences
Dresden 47.89 1,695 Dresden International University
Bremen 47.20 1,743 APOLLON University of Health Care Management
Goettingen 1,017 PFH Private University of Applied Sciences
Gera 612 SRH University of Applied Health Sciences
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