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 5,500, of which 3,600 are academic staff. 1,600 are medical doctors at Europe’s largest university hospital, the Vienna General Hospital. Each year more than 100,000 patients are treated as inpatients, 53,000 operations are conducted and about 540,000 outpatients receive initialtreatment 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’sprogramme | Postgraduate continuing education courses for health professionals | Applied Medical Science & PhD programmes: Biomedical Engineering; Biostatistics & Complex Systems; Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Disease; Cell Communication in Health and Disease; Clinical Endocrinology; Clinical Experimental Oncology; Clinical Neurosciences; Endocrinology and Metabolism; Immunology; Inflammation and Immunity; Integrative Structural Biology; Malignant Diseases; Mechanisms of Cell Biology; Medical Informatics; Medical Physics; Mental Health and Behavioural Medicine; Molecular, Cellular and Clinical Allergology; Molecular Drug Targets; Molecular Mechanisms of Cell Signaling; Molecular Signal Transduction; Neuroscience; Metabolism and Nutrition; Organ failure, Replacement and Transplantation; Preclinical and Clinical Research for Drug Development; Public Health; Regeneration of Bones and Joints; RNA Biology


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 frameand over 86% 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 lungtransplants, 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 andbionic reconstruction for limbs.