Medical School Application Guide

 

University of Debrecen

 

King’s College London

 

 

The University of Debrecen is situated in Debrecen, the second largest city in Hungary Debrecen is one of the most important centres of culture for Hungarians. Dating back almost one millennium, this city hosts an eclectic mix of the old and the new. From wide, leafy streets and historic Calvinist churches, to music festivals and nightclubs, students here can enjoy a wide range of activities and cultural experiences to aid their transition into adulthood and the world of work.

 

The university has a student body surpassing 30,000, making it one of the biggest in Hungary. The medical school first began an English language course in 1986, which has since become one of its most prestigious and renowned programmes. Spanning six years, this course provides a strong pre-clinical base before students begin their clinical training, with a large emphasis put on viewing patients holistically and ensuring their medical issues are put into the context on their social, economic and cultural background. There are approximately 2 applicants per place on this course, which costs 16,900USD per year.

 

The Medical School Application Guide

At a Glance

Courses available

5-year to 6-year programme

 
Undergraduate Applicants
Graduate Applicants
 
6-year
6-year
No. of places
320
320
Degree
N/A
No Minimum
Grades
No Minimum
No Minimum
Exam
Entrance Exam*
Entrance Exam*
Interview
Traditional
Traditional
Work experience
Not required
Not required
*See Admissions Exam section for more information.

 

 

 

PROGRAMMES

 

The course available at Debrecen is a 6-year programme which is available for both graduate and undergraduate applicants. The first two years of the course focus on the theoretical aspects of medicine, and aim to build a strong foundation for subsequent medical studies. Subjects covered include anatomy, biophysics, physiology and biochemistry. Teaching is provided through lectures, dissections, seminars, and lab-based exercises. During the third year, these theoretical subjects continue to be taught, but are complimented by an introduction to internal medicine and surgery, allowing students to begin to link the theoretical and practical aspects of the course. Years four and five take this to the next stage, with clinical placements providing more immersive teaching in the clinical specialties. The final year is an internship year where students are engaged in fully integrated clinical placements in some of the major specialities, including Paediatrics, Psychiatry, and Surgery. There is then a month of preparation for the State Examination, which all students must pass in order to enter the clinical workplace as a qualified, safe and confident doctor.

 

ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS AND ELIGIBILITY

 

Grades

 

There are no minimum grades required or subject prerequisites for entry onto this course. However, it should be noted that applicants will need to possess a high standard of knowledge in Biology and Chemistry, as well as in the English Language, in order to pass the mandatory Entrance Exam. See the Admissions Exam section below for more information on this.

 

Admissions Exam

 

The Admissions Exam at Debrecen costs 350USD, and features three distinct tests; two written exams in Biology and either Chemistry or Physics, and one oral exam. In the oral exam, applicants’ scientific knowledge is tested, alongside their ability to respond under pressure, construct answers in a logical and fluid manner, and command the English language fluently. The exam takes place in Debrecen at specific times between December and June. It may be possible to sit the exam in your home country. For more information on this, contact your local representative, who can be found at http://edu.dote.hu/map.php

 

The written tests take 30 minutes each, and comprise a mixture of multiple-choice, short-answer and calculation-style questions. Students can choose to complete either a Chemistry or Physics test, based on which they feel strongest in. Information about the exam and the topics that can be tested can be found at http://edu.dote.hu/images/documents/topic_of_entrance_examination.pdf.

 

There are 100 marks available from each test, providing a maximum of 300 points for the written and oral exams combined. A minimum of 40% is required in each of the written tests in order for an applicant to be accepted, as well as an overall score of 260 or over.

 

If a student achieves a score of between 150 and 260, they are eligible for entry onto a Basic Medicine preparatory course, which can be a rout into the General Medicine course for those without a strong academic background.

 

Access to Medicine courses

 

The University of Debrecen offers a Basic Medicine course for those students who do not possess the required level of scientific knowledge. This course covers Biology, Chemistry and Physics, as well as the Hungarian Language. Successful completion of this year-long course provides automatic admission onto the full General Medicine course.

 

Policy on Re-applicants

 

Unsuccessful applicants may reapply without disadvantage.

 

Policy on Deferrals

 

It is not possible to defer entry onto this course.

 

APPLICATION PROCESS

 

Application Deadlines

 

Applications must be submitted by May 31st. The academic year starts in September. Application for the January Basic Medicine Course are open till end of November (2 months preceding).

 

Application Documents

 

The following documents are required for admission into Debrecen Medical School. These can be scanned and submitted as either one PDF file, or posted as hard copies.

 

 

SELECTION PROCESS AND INTERVIEW

 

Selection Process

 

The selection process is based solely on the Entrance Exam (which includes an interview) , with the highest-scoring candidates being offered a place.

 

Interview

 

The interview makes up 1/3rd of the points available from the entrance exam. It features a single examiner, and applicants are assessed on their command of the English language, as well as the quality of the answers they provide to basic science questions.

 

COMPETITION RATIOS

 

There are approximately 600 students who sit the Entrance Exam each year, giving a competition ratio of approximately 2:1.

 

RANKINGS

 

Debrecen is ranked 201-250 for Medicine by the QS World University Rankings.

PROGRAMMES

 

The course available at Debrecen is a 6-year programme which is available for both graduate and undergraduate applicants. The first two years of the course focus on the theoretical aspects of medicine, and aim to build a strong foundation for subsequent medical studies. Subjects covered include anatomy, biophysics, physiology and biochemistry. Teaching is provided through lectures, dissections, seminars, and lab-based exercises. During the third year, these theoretical subjects continue to be taught, but are complimented by an introduction to internal medicine and surgery, allowing students to begin to link the theoretical and practical aspects of the course. Years four and five take this to the next stage, with clinical placements providing more immersive teaching in the clinical specialties. The final year is an internship year where students are engaged in fully integrated clinical placements in some of the major specialities, including Paediatrics, Psychiatry, and Surgery. There is then a month of preparation for the State Examination, which all students must pass in order to enter the clinical workplace as a qualified, safe and confident doctor.

 

ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS AND ELIGIBILITY

 

Grades

 

There are no minimum grades required or subject prerequisites for entry onto this course. However, it should be noted that applicants will need to possess a high standard of knowledge in Biology and Chemistry, as well as in the English Language, in order to mass the mandatory Entrance Exam. See the Admissions Exam section below for more information on this.

 

Admissions Exam

 

The Admissions Exam at Debrecen costs 350USD, and features three distinct tests; two written exams in Biology and either Chemistry or Physics, and one oral exam. In the oral exam, applicants’ scientific knowledge is tested, alongside their ability to respond under pressure, construct answers in a logical and fluid manner, and command the English language fluently. The exam takes place in Debrecen at specific times between December and June. It may be possible to sit the exam in your home country. For more information on this, contact your local representative, who can be found at http://edu.dote.hu/map.php

 

The written tests take 30 minutes each, and comprise a mixture of multiple-choice, short-answer and calculation-style questions. Students can choose to complete either a Chemistry or Physics test, based on which they feel strongest in. Information about the exam and the topics that can be tested can be found at http://edu.dote.hu/images/documents/topic_of_entrance_examination.pdf.

 

There are 100 marks available from each test, providing a maximum of 300 points for the written and oral exams combined. A minimum of 40% is required in each of the written tests in order for an applicant to be accepted, as well as an overall score of 260 or over.

 

If a student achieves a score of between 150 and 260, they are eligible for entry onto a Basic Medicine preparatory course, which can be a rout into the General Medicine course for those without a strong academic background.

 

Applicants with certain degree-level qualifications can be exempted from sitting this exam. For more information, see http://edu.dote.hu/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=25&Itemid=40.

 

Access to Medicine courses

 

The University of Debrecen offers a Basic Medicine course for those students who do not possess the required level of scientific knowledge. This course covers Biology, Chemistry and Physics, as well as the Hungarian Language. Successful completion of this year-long course provides automatic admission onto the full General Medicine course.

 

Policy on Re-applicants

 

Unsuccessful applicants may reapply without disadvantage.

 

Policy on Deferrals

 

It is not possible to defer entry onto this course.

 

APPLICATION PROCESS

 

Application Deadlines

 

Applications must be submitted by May 31st. The academic year starts in September. Application for the January Basic Medicine Course are open till end of November (2 months preceding).

 

Application Documents

 

The following documents are required for admission into Debrecen Medical School. These can be scanned and submitted as either one PDF file, or posted as hard copies.

 

 

SELECTION PROCESS AND INTERVIEW

 

Selection Process

 

The selection process is based solely on the Entrance Exam (which includes an interview), with the highest-scoring candidates being offered a place.

 

Interview

 

The interview makes up 1/3rd of the points available from the entrance exam. It features a single examiner, and applicants are assessed on their command of the English language, as well as the quality of the answers they provide to basic science questions.

 

COMPETITION RATIOS

 

There are approximately 600 students who sit the Entrance Exam each year, giving a competition ratio of approximately 2:1.

 

RANKINGS

 

Debrecen is ranked 201-250 for Medicine by the QS World University Rankings.

 

Ala Obeidallah – 2nd year

 

1. What are the good things about studying Medicine at this university?

 

Studying at university of Debrecen has several advantages which I didn’t find in many other universities. Some are: diversity of people you find on campus from all around the world. Second, Debrecen is a small quite city which is perfect for studying, not a lot of activities to do other than studying. Finally, university gives the student access to many open labs where they can improve their skills outside lecture halls.

 

2. What is not so good about studying Medicine there?

 

What I don’t like is the strict schedule of studying they give and the timetables didn’t meet my daily preference of time. For example, we would have classes from 6 pm till 8 pm and sometimes 9.

 

3. What advice do you have for someone thinking of studying Medicine there?

 

Really nice experience, but be ready for studying and no partying it’s going to be a tough ride.

 

4. Do you have any tips on how to get in?

 

I would say make sure your knowledge is good for the exam as this is what will make a lot of the difference

 

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