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Master's degree programme in Medicine

Introduction

Health at Aarhus University provides the framework for the three-year medical science Master’s degree programme, which leads to the Master of Science in Medicine degree. 

During the Master's degree programme the students expand the knowledge and skills that the Bachelor's degree programme has laid the foundations for. Both the theoretical and practical skills are raised to a higher level with a greater medical perspective.

"A Bachelor consists of lots of basic subjects like histology, physiology and biochemistry. As a graduate student you can’t just lean on an inventory list describing in detail what you need to be able to do. Here you have to find the articles with evidence of a special treatment yourself, and you have to read up on the things that are relevant for a given disease. It’s here you must utilise the ballast that all the studying for your Bachelor has provided." 
(Sara, Medical student)



Studying abroad

As a student there are good opportunities for studying abroad, either through exchange agreements with various universities in and outside Europe or through student organisations. The majority of the medical students who travel abroad on an exchange stay do so during the Master’s degree programme.

An education for life

Medicine graduates work in all parts of the healthcare sector as hospital consultants, general practitioners, or as researchers at universities and in the pharmaceutical industry. A key part of being a medical doctor is that you are always continuing your education. Medicine is a field in rapid development, in which new diseases and new forms of treatment are constantly being discovered. Being a doctor means being curious.

"Receiving patients is varied and fun: You are presented with a problem and then you and the others have to act on it. The hardest part is probably the daily ward rounds at the hospital. Here you must be able to assess whether the patient is well enough to be discharged or whether the medication should be changed. This requires knowledge and seeing the big picture. Working as a doctor is in a way detective work where you have to use your knowledge from the education."
(Søren Ramme Nielsen, MD, Amanuensis (Haematology), Aalborg Hospital) 

Admission requirements

Admission requirements

Admission to the Master's degree programme requires that you have completed a Bachelor's degree programme in medicine from a Danish university or that you possess comparable knowledge, expertise and skills acquired from a Bachelor's degree programme completed abroad.

Admission to the Master's Degree Programme in Medicine can take place no later than one year after the completion of the Bachelor's degree programme in medicine.

Please note that time limits apply to the degree programme: A Danish Bachelor's degree programme in medicine must be completed within a maximum of six years, and the total time limit for the entire degree programme is 12 years.

Applicants who do not have a Danish Bachelor's degree in medicine should note that Bachelor's degrees earned abroad are not usually equivalent to the Danish Bachelor's degree and that it is therefore usually not possible to be admitted directly to the Master's degree programme. Instead, it is necessary to apply for transfer to the Bachelor's degree programme. As the degree programmes are not open for transfers from other universities due to a lack of student places at all levels of the Bachelor's and Master's degree programmes, the chance of being admitted to the Master's Degree Programme in Medicine with a non-Danish Bachelor's degree is very small.

Statement of previous convictions in respect of children 

At the time of applying for admission to the Master's Degree Programme in Medicine, the applicant must consent to a statement of previous convictions in respect of children being obtained. If you are not a Danish citizen, you must also submit an authorised translation (in Danish or English) of your criminal record from your home country.

Read about statements of previous convictions in respect of children and criminal records.

Legal right of admission

Students on the Bachelor's degree programme in medicine at Aarhus University have the right to be admitted to the Master's Degree Programme in Medicine on condition that application for admission is made with a view to starting the Master's degree programme immediately after the completion of the Bachelor's degree programme. This legal right of admission is conditional upon the application being received by Aarhus University by the applicable deadline.  

In connection with the filling of the places on the Master's degree programme, it should be noted that, as a general rule, a Bachelor's degree from a university qualifies the Bachelor for admission to the Master's degree programme constituting a natural extension of the subject area(s) of the Bachelor's degree programme at the same university immediately after the completion of the Bachelor's degree programme (see section 15 of the Admissions Order (Adgangsbekendtgørelsen)).

Restricted admission

Admission to the Master's Degree Programme in Medicine is restricted, and a maximum of 225* students are admitted per semester (winter and summer, respectively). If the number of qualified applicants exceeds the number of places offered, the qualified applicants will be prioritised based on a weighted average mark for the disciplines assessed according to a graded scale which are part of the qualifying course of study and which, for the summer intake, have been passed as of 1 April in the year in which the application for admission is made and, for the winter intake, have been passed as of 1 November in the year in which the application for admission is made.

* This figure is guiding only and subject to change by the university.

Qualifying average mark 2014: 5.97.

Language requirements

Students on the Master's Degree Programme in Medicine must be able to follow teaching in Danish. Applicants from abroad or applicants with an international basis for admission must therefore pass the Danish proficiency test 'Studieprøven i dansk' with a mark of 7 or have documented equivalent Danish skills prior to the commencement of the studies at the latest.

Transfer/re-enrolment

Bachelor's and Master's degree programmes in medicine are resized by the Danish Ministry of Science, Innovation and Higher Education. Once the admissions process has been completed, the number of clinical training placements etc. is resized according to the number of students admitted, and it is therefore not possible to enrol on the degree programme in subsequent semesters. Also, transfer to/re-enrolment on the degree programme is therefore allowed in exceptional cases only. If, for special reasons, places become available on the degree programme in a subsequent semester, this will be announced on this website.

Programme structure


Student life

Medicinerhuset as focal point

Life as a medical student at the University of Aarhus involves more than just subjects and classes. Student life is both diverse and inspiring, and a focal point is Medicinerhuset (Doctors’ House) – the building you share with other students. Because the teaching takes place at different departments, hospitals and laboratories, medical students have access to Medicinerhuset, where you can make use of meeting rooms, computer rooms, reading rooms and different rooms for associations. Much of your study time as a student takes place here – both working and doing all sorts of other things.

Medical studies are characterised by student involvement in an extensive range of activities. This applies to activities directly related to the degree programmes, such as periods of study abroad and research. However, medical students are also interested in pursuits that extend beyond academic activities, including student organisations, social committees and special interest associations. In addition to Medicinerhuset, the Victor Albeck Building is available to you as a student, with facilities that include a library, IT laboratory, meeting rooms and reading rooms.



Friday bar and regatta

After a long, hard week studying, you probably look forward to relaxing in good company and pleasant surroundings. You can do this at the Friday bar, arranged by Umbilicus – the medical students’ social committee – and held at Medicinerhuset.

Umbilicus also organises parties and celebrations with special themes during the course of the study year, as well as being responsible for the annual regatta on the lake in the University Park, a recurrent event with proud traditions. Other associations at the university are really challenged here by Umbilicus.

Follow the study life at yourniversity.au.dk

Career



When you, as a medical student, have finished your three-year Master’s degree, you are not yet fully qualified as a doctor. A period of 12 months of basic clinical training follows, consisting of 2 x 6 months’ employment. In practice, most graduates spend 6 months in general practice and 6 months in a hospital specialist area. The aim of the basic clinical programme is to “learn to be a doctor” and acquire some general medical skills not connected with specific specialties. Once you have completed the basic programme, you are entitled to “independent work”.

Following your period of basic clinical training, you are employed in a one-year “intro position”, after which you begin your specialisation in main education positions, which take 4–5 years depending on your speciality.

In addition, graduates can have the right qualifications and prerequisites for undertaking research, including PhD studies. A PhD degree programme normally has a prescribed duration of three years, and is offered by Health.

After specialising, most doctors are employed at hospitals throughout Denmark or work in general practice. You can also get a job in the pharmaceutical industry, at universities and in public administration, where fields of work extend from teaching and research to administration.

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Revised 2015.08.11

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