Doctor of Medicine MD, Medicine and Surgery (6 year)

Humanitas University

Program Description

Doctor of Medicine MD, Medicine and Surgery (6 year)

Humanitas University

Doctor of Medicine, MD

Humanitas Medicine and Surgery degree course is a 6-year university programme.

The course is taught entirely in English. However, students are advised that a basic knowledge of Italian will be required during the clinical practice that starts from the third year.

The course is characterized by a multidisciplinary and integrated approach to teaching. According to the latter principle, most individual courses are grouped into modules with a total of 29 examinations, distributed into 12 semesters. Among the teaching methods, particular relevance is given to interactive teaching, which mostly consists of group activities and team-work coordinated by a tutor.

Examples of such methods are Problem Based Learning, Case Method, Problem Solving, Concept Maps, and Portfolios. Particular attention is also paid to vocational training in order to promote the acquisition of specific vocational skills.

This approach allows students to fully integrate theory and practice developing a critical and autonomous reasoning. Students are also encouraged to participate in research activities organized by Humanitas (seminars, conferences) and experiences abroad. The curriculum comprises a total of 360 credits, including 60 credits for Vocational Training. Attendance at these educational activities (lectures and training) is compulsory and is a prerequisite to taking exams.

Admissions & Scholarships

Admittance to the Degree Course in Medicine and Surgery is subject to selection through Humanitas University’s Admission Test. 130 places per year totally available: 80 places for European students and 50 places for non-European students. Two separate Admission Tests are foreseen for European students and non-European students.

10 merit-based scholarships worth up to 10.000€ per year each are reserved to non-European students.

2018 Medical Admissions Test for non-European citizens will be UKCAT and will take place on:

  • March 27th
  • April 4th
  • April 12th

in 40 countries worldwide.

If you already sat the UKCAT in July-October 2017, you just need to send your test results.



2018 Medicine Admissions: European Students

IMAT test in September 2018 across Europe.

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Admission Test Preparation Courses

Humanitas University periodically offers an intensive one-week course to help students prepare for the medical admissions test and the following university route. The course is specifically focused on logical and critical reasoning. Find out more about the MEDICAL SCHOOL PREPARATION WEEK.


Study plan

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Teaching and assessment

There are several types of learning activities including core courses, vocational training, elective courses, and training activities for the preparation of the thesis.
For each learning activity, students gain a certain number of university credits and a mark awarded on a 30-point scale or pass/fail exam. The minimum passing mark is 18/30. Any attribution of honor, in addition to the maximum mark of 30, is subject to the unanimous assessment of the Commission.
The assessment is performed through written and oral exams and where pertinent through the student’s portfolio. The clinical skills are assessed through OSCE (Objective Structure Clinical Examination). All exams are taken during specific exam periods.

Core Courses – Integrated teaching
Core courses are held by one or more professors, depending on the specific objectives assigned to each course. For each course, a Coordinator is appointed annually by the Academic Board. The specific objectives of each course are outlined in the syllabuses provided annually by the professors.

Vocational training

This form of tutorial teaching involves performing practical clinical activities under the supervision of a tutor, but with a considerable degree of autonomy, to simulate the activity performed at a professional level.

Elective courses
Elective activities are learning activities freely chosen by students within a range of proposals offered annually by the teaching body, according to the established methods, procedures and limits of the degree programme.

Final examination
To be admitted to the final examination, students must develop an original thesis under the supervision of a professor or tutor. This activity is known as internato di laurea or degree internship.


Education Requirements:

  • High school diploma obtained after at least 12 years of education
  • US: 3 APs (Advanced Placements) in Medicine and Science related subjects
  • UK: 3 A levels in medicine and science related subject with a minimum grade of B
  • International Baccalaureate: IB score of 36 is accepted.
This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated February 1, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
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Oct. 2018
6 years
Full time
Italy - Milan
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Italy - Milan
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Price non-EU students: 20,000€; EU students: 10,000-20,000€