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An education for life

About the programme
Quota 2018: Only applicants with legal right of admission submitted 
Language: Danish  (See language requirements)  | Place of study: Aarhus  |  Commencement: August / September and January / February


This programme is only offered in Danish.

The Master’s degree programme in medicine is a three-year programme and builds on the knowledge and skills which students acquire during their Bachelor’s degree programme in medicine. Your theoretical knowledge and practical skills are raised to a higher level while at the same time broadening your medical perspective. On the Master’s degree programme, each semester includes an internship at a hospital or in general practice in the Central Denmark Region. The internships last between four and eight weeks.

An education for life

Doctors work in all parts of the healthcare sector – as hospital doctors, general practitioners, or as researchers at universities and in the pharmaceutical industry. A key part of being a medical doctor is the continuous need for courses and training to ensure that you are up-to-date on all the new diseases and new forms of treatment which are constantly being discovered. As a medical doctor, you must be an inquisitive person.         

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.  

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 at the time of application in the year in which the application for admission is made and, for the winter intake, have been passed as of the time of application in the year in which the application for admission is made.

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

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. Please see the deadline for documenting language qualifications at http://kandidat.au.dk/en/admission/application-deadlines-and-important-dates/ and “Upload final documentation to your application”.


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

During the Master’s degree programme in medicine, you have to do six major interdisciplinary courses under the headings Inflammation, Abdomen, Heart-lungs-vascular system, Head-neuro, Family-society and Acute-chronic. The focus of the programme is on building professional expertise both in theory and practice. You also have to do a number of professional courses, centring on your role as a communicator, cooperation partner, manager, academic and professional in the medical profession. All the courses build on the foundation created by the Bachelor’s degree programme, providing a basis for your choice of medical specialisation.


The forms of instruction on the Master’s degree programme in medicine are very varied. The instruction comprises a mix of lectures for the whole year group, classroom instruction and laboratory work for groups of approx. 25 students and clinical instruction in various hospital departments in groups of 6-12 students. Most students benefit hugely from being part of a study group, doing exercises together and discussing the assigned reading.

In the degree programme diagram for the Master’s degree programme in medicine, you can click on the various subjects to read the individual course descriptions.

Note: Completing a Master’s degree in medicine requires personal manual skills – both during your studies and when treating patients. If you have a physical disability, you should make sure to take this into account. If you are in any doubt, please contact our student counsellors.

Academic regulations

In the academic regulations, you can find more detailed information about the individual subjects. You can also see how the degree programme is structured, and the requirements you must meet as a student on the programme, including types of examinations and exam requirements.

Student life

A typical week on the Master’s degree programme in medicine

Kl. 08-11: Classroom instruction
Kl. 12-15: Working in study groups

Kl. 09-11: Recap of classroom instruction
Kl. 11-15: Preparing for lecture

Kl. 09-11: Preparing for lecture
Kl. 12-14: Lecture
Kl. 14-16: Classroom instruction

Kl. 09-11: Recap of classroom instruction
Kl. 11-13: Preparing for lecture
Kl. 13-17: Working in study groups

Kl. 08-16: Working in study groups


Optional year of research

Many medical students spend a year doing research as part of their studies. They usually work on specific projects in cooperation with a department or school, or a hospital. This is a great opportunity for students who are keen to make a contribution to a field of medicine which they are particularly fascinated by.

Studying abroad

There is ample opportunity to do an internship (work placement) during your studies. Both under exchange agreements with various European and non-European universities and through student organisations. Most medical students who go on an exchange do so while studying for their Master’s degree.


Medical students at Aarhus University have their own building (known as Medicinerhuset) where they can gather, meet fellow students and make use of conference facilities, computer rooms, reading rooms etc. Many medical students are involved in working for student organisations, party committees and various societies and associations.

The study environment is very conducive to leading a full social life as a student of medicine at Aarhus University. The reading rooms are very popular, and Medicinerhuset and the Victor Albeck building are characterised by a particularly pleasant drinking-coffee-while-revising-for-exams atmosphere. You really get a sense that we are all in the same boat. Whether you are revising for your first exam in anatomy or your final medical exam, we have a shared understanding, and you are always met by friendly and understanding smiles on the stairs.

- Mads, medical student

Friday bar and regatta

After a long and hard week of studying, the Friday bar is the perfect place to unwind and relax in the company of fellow students.
The Friday bars are organised by the Umbilicus society at Medicinerhuset. Umbilicus also organises themed parties at the beginning of the academic year, and is responsible for the traditional regatta held each summer in the University Park.

"Our small Friday bar is the perfect place to get to know each other – across year groups and regardless of any exam pressures! Many medical students involve themselves in voluntary work as members of various societies and associations, and it is a good way of getting to know students from other semesters who may well be able to provide some useful advice along the way."

- Mads, medical student

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Job functions for grads

This data is derived from AU's 2013/2014 employment survey. This data should not be considered a completely accurate representation of the labour market and job functions for all graduates of the individual degree programmes. It exclusively represent the responses submitted to the survey in the years in question.

Basic clinical training

Once you have completed your Master’s degree in medicine, you are still not ready to start practising as a medical doctor. First, you must do 12 months of basic clinical training in the form of two times six months of work either at a hospital and/or in general practice. On the basic clinical training programme, you learn to be a doctor, and acquire general medical skills that are not directly associated with specific specialisations. Once you have completed the basic clinical training programme, you are qualified to embark on your medical career.

Introductory position, choice of specialisation and postgraduate medical specialist training

After the basic clinical training programme, your career continues in an introductory position, introducing you to a line of specialisation over a six to 12-month period. You are then ready to start your postgraduate medical specialist training, a four to five-year programme which will earn you the title of medical specialist.

Interested in research?

If you have a penchant for research and the necessary qualifications and skills, you can also choose to embark on a PhD programme after having completed your Master’s degree programme. The PhD programme is a three-year programme.

Job prospects

Having completed their postgraduate medical specialist training, most doctors go on to work at hospitals around the country or as general practitioners. Some find employment in the pharmaceutical industry, at universities and in the public administration, where the work areas extend from teaching and research to administration.

Meet trained doctors on the job


Peter Hjertholm
PhD student at the Research Unit for General Practice in Aarhus.

I’m a researcher within the field of cancer diagnostics in general practice. I look at whether variations in the use of referrals, blood tests and other activities in general practice have a bearing on the early diagnosis and thus prognosis of cancer patients. General practitioners are often extremely busy and don’t have the time for a lot of in-depth contemplation. However, as a PhD student, I do.

Cancer diagnostics in general practice is a very interesting topic. Every single day, GPs see numerous patients presenting with potential cancer symptoms, and it is up to the doctor to decide who should be referred for further tests, and who should not. The most important task for the general practitioner is spotting the few patients who are seriously ill among all those presenting with non-specific and vague symptoms.

General practitioner

Mette Videbæk Justesen
Junior doctor in general practice in an introductory position, with Lægerne Doktorstien in Sulsted in northern Jutland.

During my working day, I see a lot of different patients – from snotty toddlers to patients needing minor surgical procedures. As a general practitioner, your primary role is that of seeing patients and being the frontline representative of the healthcare system. I see lots of patients with indefinable symptoms and problems, and from among this motley crowd, I have to identify the ones who need referring for more tests. I encounter new problems every single day, and being a general practitioner therefore requires quite a bit of detective work.

As a general practitioner, I enjoy a considerable degree of freedom when it comes to planning my working day. Being able to decide how I spend my time and how to organise things in the best possible way means a lot to me. In addition to this, I enjoy the close and unique contact I have with my patients. Seeing the same patients more or less regularly gives me a special understanding of their mental and physical health.

Hospital doctor

Tina Bødker Madsen
Medical doctor undergoing postgraduate medical specialist training, Department of Radiology, Aarhus University Hospital.

My duties include, among other things, describing CT scans. Both acute scans in connection with fractures, bleeding and ileus, and scans of, for example, cancer patients in connection with outpatient follow-up care. I do ultrasound scans of patients to check for boils, gallstones and liquid in the abdominal cavity, I insert drainage tubes and take biopsies. I’m also involved in describing X-rays and screenings for leakage as a complication following intestinal surgery. Finally, I hold X-ray conferences for orthopaedic surgeons (primarily doctors from the A&E department), anaesthetists, cardiologists etc.

Olav Schjørring
Medical doctor undergoing postgraduate medical specialist training, Department of Anaesthesiology, Aalborg Hospital.

My work consists of daytime work, and three or four longer shifts each month. In the daytime, I anaesthetise patients for ENT, oral and maxillofacial surgery. I usually deal with two to six patients a day. I also do a lot of presurgery consultations with patients who are due to come in for surgery over the coming months. These consultations involve talking to and examining patients, and planning the anaesthetic management of their surgery.

On my long shifts (15:00-08:00), I primarily cover the operating theatres serving most of Aalborg Hospital. I’m involved in stabilising and sedating acute patients, most frequently patients who need gastrointestinal or orthopaedic surgery, but also ENT and eye patients. In addition, I work on the hospital’s three recovery wards. Here, my duties mainly involve liquid and pain management, nerve blocks and epidurals as well as receiving and stabilising multi-trauma patents at the A&E department.

Carsten Bach Baunsgaard
Roskilde Hospital, Department of Neurology. Introductory position, neurology

My duties are divided into three main functions: on-duty physician, ward rounds and outpatient function. As the on-duty physician, you are required to handle acute situations as they arise, answer questions from nurses, receive new patients from the A&E department and decide which patients to admit. In addition, I take telephone calls from other colleagues who have questions regarding symptoms they are not used to handling.

On the ward rounds, you engage with patients and follow up on test results, blood samples and the like. I talk to patients, carry out the preliminary examinations and decide on the diagnostic plan for the individual patient based on their symptoms.

Pharmaceutical industry

Bent Winding
Medical doctor, Medical Director of Nycomed: a Takeda Company, Roskilde, Denmark

I’m medically responsible Takeda Nycomed’s more than 100 registered pharmaceutical products in Denmark. I’m involved, among other things, in planning and describing the medical initiatives which we are keen to launch and support in our endeavours to ensure access for Danish patients to new treatments. I also have to ensure that important decision makers are informed of new treatment options and the health-economic implications of such treatments. I’m part of the company’s Danish management team, and I participate in international clinical development groups. I also work with employee motivation and development in the department; among other things, I’m responsible for ensuring the constant upgrading and optimisation of my colleagues’ qualifications.