Master in Medicine

University of Geneva

Program Description

Master in Medicine

University of Geneva


Master in Medicine

The Master in Medicine is primarily taught at Geneva University Hospitals (HUG) or affiliated institutions. Theoretical and practical courses are integrated into clinical training modules and focus on clinical procedures and on learning and applying skills in a variety of disciplines, such as internal medicine and primary care, paediatrics, surgery, psychiatry or obstetrics and gynaecology. Some disciplines are crosscutting and studied throughout the programme (e.g. radiology, pathology, clinical pharmacology, forensic medicine and ethics). The third year of the Master’s programme is devoted to clinical practice during which students do rotations to strengthen their skills and gain experience.

Under the new Healthcare Professions Act (LpMed), exams are faculty- based, except those at the end of the third year of the Master’s, which are federal and standardized throughout Swiss faculties of medicine (Swiss federal medicine exam).


  • First and second-year courses (120Credits) :
    • Introduction to the clinical approach
    • Clinical training
      Internal medicine; paediatrics; surgery; obstetrics and gynaecology; psychiatry; community medicine and primary care; otorhinolaryngology; ophthalmology; neurology; neurosurgery; dermatology; emergency and intensive care; crosscutting disciplines; dissertation*
  • Third-year courses (120Credits) :
    Elective rotations (Internist medicine, paediatrics, surgery, etc.) including 1 compulsory month with a physician or pediatrician Swiss federal medicine exam (EFMH)

*The dissertation, worth 15 credits, can be based on a research project or case study in areas such as basic medicine, clinical medicine, public health or any other relevant field. Students are required to demonstrate their analytical and communication skills.


During the first and second year of the Master’s programme, students may complete part of their clinical training abroad. Third-year students may do clinical internships at foreign hospitals (for up to five months) and to do a three-month internship at another university. The Faculty of Medicine offers two-month internships in tropical medicine and international health, including in Cameroon and Nepal.


Studies in human medicine prepare graduates for specific activities in numerous professional fields. Graduates generally begin their professional careers as junior residents, become senior residents (chef de clinique) in hospitals or outpatient centres, and often go on to do post-graduate work to earn an FMH (Swiss Medical Association) specialist qualification. Many graduates end up working in private or group practices, and some go on to careers in hospitals or at university.

But there are many other professional opportunities as well:

  • Positions in international or humanitarian organisations
  • Role of expert for insurance and health insurance companies, in connection with legal/employment issues
  • Positions in medical call centres
  • Medical journalism
  • Research in the chemical and pharmaceutical industries
  • IT and medical statistics
  • Non-clinical teaching/research at university

Admission Criteria

Swiss Students

International Students


Deadline: 30 April 2017
(28 February 2017 for applicants who require a visa under Swiss Confederation regulations)

This school offers programs in:
  • French


Working knowledge of English required for reading scientific texts

Last updated November 17, 2016
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This course is Campus based
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Feb., 2017
6 semesters
Full time
Apr. 30, 2017
28 February 2017 for applicants who require a visa under Swiss Confederation regulations
Start date Feb., 2017
Switzerland Geneva
Application deadline Apr. 30, 2017
28 February 2017 for applicants who require a visa under Swiss Confederation regulations
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Duration 6 semesters
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