Medical University of Vienna

Studierende auf Stiege © MedUni Wien/Christian Houdek

The Medical University of Vienna is the largest medical institution in Austria and one of the most important research centres in Europe. With its long history and tradition, which covers 650 years, it has developed into a highly modern research institution. It employs a staff of more than 6,000, of which 4,200 are academic staff. 1,600 are medical doctors at Europe’s largest university hospital, the University Hospital Vienna. Each year more than 60,000 patients are treated as inpatients, 45,000 operations are conducted and about 500,000 outpatients receive initial treatment in the day clinics. Creating, sharing and applying knowledge are inextricably linked at the MedUni Vienna – research, teaching and patient care are in constant dialogue with each other.

Faculties and programmes

Medicine degree programme | Dentistry degree programme | Medical Informatics master’s programme | Molecular Precision Medicine master's programme | Postgraduate continuing education courses for health professionals 

PhD Programmes: Cardiovascular Tissue Regeneration and Repair; Endocrinology and Metabolism; Immunology; Infection Biology; Inflammation und Immunity; Malignant Diseases; Medical Imaging; Medical Informatics, Biostatistics & Complex Systems; Medical Physics; Molecular Mechanisms of Cell Biology; Molecular Signal Transduction; Neuroscience; RNA Biology; Signaling Mechanisms in Cellular Homeostatis; Vascular Biology

Doctoral Programmes of Applied Medical Science: Clinical Endocrinology, Metabolism and Nutrition; Biomedical Engineering; Clinical Neurosciences; Programme for Organ Failure, Replacement and Transplantation; Clinical Experimental Oncology; Preclinical and Clinical Research for Drug Development; Musculoskeletal and Dental Research; Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Disease; Mental Health and Behavioral Medicine; Public Health; Epidemiology


The university’s five research clusters have been increasingly successful in bundling competences in interdisciplinary, cross-departmental research. They are focused on cancer research and oncology, medical imaging, cardiovascular medicine, medical neurosciences and immunology – areas in which the MedUni Vienna has established particularly extensive international networks and coordinates multinational research consortia and multicentre clinical studies.

The curricula for the medical and dentistry degree programmes impart integrated specialist knowledge with a focus on small-group teaching and clinical practice. Most students complete their studies within the regulation time frame and about 90% of those who start courses go on to graduate. The number of individuals participating in international mobility programmes is growing every year.

A centre for patient care in eastern Austria, Vienna’s university hospital deserves its reputation for providing comprehensive, high quality tertiary medical care. Transplantation medicine is a stand-out feature of the university’s broad portfolio of outstanding achievements and the hospital is one of the leading centres worldwide for organ transplants. Its 120 lung transplants, for example, make Vienna’s General Hospital the third largest centre in the field worldwide. Vienna also has a strong international reputation for heart transplants and implanting and developing heart pumps. It leads the way in the development and introduction of cochlear implants and bionic reconstruction for limbs.