Medical School Application Guide

 

University of Pecs

 

University of Pecs

 

 

The University of Pécs has been running an English language medical course since 1984, making it the oldest such course in Central Europe. Located in a small city near the Croatian border, Pécs Medical School takes a traditional approach to teaching Medicine where a solid grounding in biomedical knowledge is established prior to clinical teaching. Hosting students from over 60 countries, this melting pot of cultures enables students to engage with peers from all walks of life. There is a plethora of events and societies designed to ensure all students feel part of the community within the medical school and enjoy an exciting student lifestyle.

 

For those applicants whose English ability is not strong enough to sit the Entrance Exam, Pécs also offers two English language preparatory courses designed to coach students through the technical language required of its medical students. Fees at this university are 15,700 USD, and graduates are awarded an M.D upon completion of the course.

 

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
160
160
Degree
No Minimum
No Minimum
Grades
N/A
N/A
Exam
All applicants must sit an entrance exam*
All applicants must sit an entrance exam*
Interview
Traditional 1-on-1
Traditional 1-on-1, graduates may be exempt
Work experience
Not considered
Not considered
*For more information, see academic requirements and eligibility section below.

 

 

 

PROGRAMMES

 

Pécs offers a 6-year programme, features five taught years and a sixth internship year, and is open to applications from both graduate and undergraduate applicants. The first two years comprise the Basic Module, where students learn the basic biomedical and scientific knowledge needed to study the more complex and specialist subjects that feature in the later years. The main teaching modalities in this year are lectures and seminars. Year three introduces the preclinical module, featuring microscopy, pathology, pharmacology and other topics designed to prepare the students for the clinical years, which are ward based. Rotations through local hospitals and community practices allow students to “learn by doing”, with interactions with patients providing the framework for learning. The sixth and final year is made up of fully integrated clinical rotations where students spend several weeks immersed in clinical specialities such as Emergency Medicine, Paediatrics and Psychiatry.

 

ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS AND ELIGIBILITY

 

Grades

 

There are no specific academic prerequisites for entering this course. Students must be 18 at the commencement of the course and have completed education up to this time in their country. Students must, however, have the level of scientific knowledge required to pass the entrance exam, which is detailed below.

 

Admissions Exam

 

All applicants to the course (with some exemptions, listed below) must sit an admissions exam. This exam is designed to test applicants’ command of the English language, as well as their scientific knowledge. The questions are multiple-choice, and there are four categories of questions in the test:

 

  • Biology (20 Questions)
  • Chemistry (20 Questions)
  • General English (40 Questions)
  • Medical English (20 Questions)

 

This exam, alongside an oral interview which takes place at the same time, will largely determine which applicants are accepted onto the course. Details on the topics that commonly arise can be found at http://admissions.medschool.pte.hu/application-step-by-step/entrance-exam-topics. There is no absolute score beneath which an applicant will not be accepted. In the event of an unsuccessful test, this exam can be retaken a maximum of two times. For details on where the test can be taken in your country and to book your spot, please visit www.studyhungary.hu. N.B. This test must be sat prior to the 30th June of the year you are applying for.

 

Exemptions

Some applicants may be exempt from sitting the entrance exam. To be considered for this, applicants must be able to show they possess either a B.A. or B.Sc degree (or are currently studying towards one of these), and have a good command of the English language. In order to be considered for exemption, the university requires:

 

  • Degree transcripts (in English)
  • Proof of English language prowess, such as with a high IELTS or TOEFL score. If English is the applicant’s mother tongue, a passport copy proving this is required.

 

Access to Medicine courses

 

There are no Access to Medicine courses accepted at Pécs University.

 

International Students (inc. no./% places)

 

International students fill all 160 places on this course

 

Policy on Re-applicants

 

Applicants may reapply a maximum of two times following an unsuccessful attempt.

 

Policy on Deferrals

 

It is not possible to defer entry onto this course.

 

APPLICATION PROCESS

 

Application Deadlines

 

Applications open on March 1st and must be submitted by June 30th to your local representative, which can be found at http://www.studyhungary.hu/pages.php?pageID=41. They use a rolling admissions system, so the sooner you apply, the higher your chances of getting in. The academic year starts in September.

 

Application Documents

 

 

SELECTION PROCESS AND INTERVIEW

 

Selection Process

 

Applicants are ranked based on their entrance exam score, and the top applicants are offered a place on the course. Previous grades do not feature as part of the selection process at Pécs.

 

Interview

 

Following completion of the written exam, all applicants have a one-on-one interview with a member of University teaching staff. In this interview, the applicant is expected to show how dedicated to Medicine they are and how professionally they can comport themselves. There are no biomedical questions in this part of the process. This interview leads to a report on the applicant, which is considered if the candidate achieves a borderline result in the written examination. Candidates should be prepared to talk about items discussed in personal statement.

 

COMPETITION RATIOS

 

The university does not release the competition rations for the medicine course specifically. However, they do say that they have over 1,000 applicants per year for the faculty as a whole, with most of these applying to the 160 places available on the medical course.

 

RANKINGS

 

Pécs is ranked 251-300th for Medicine globally by the QS WU Rankings.

PROGRAMMES

 

Pécs offers a 6-year programme, features five taught years and a sixth internship year, and is open to applications from both graduate and undergraduate applicants. The first two years comprise the Basic Module, where students learn the basic biomedical and scientific knowledge needed to study the more complex and specialist subjects that feature in the later years. The main teaching modalities in this year are lectures and seminars. Year three introduces the preclinical module, featuring microscopy, pathology, pharmacology and other topics designed to prepare the students for the clinical years, which are ward based. Rotations through local hospitals and community practices allow students to “learn by doing”, with interactions with patients providing the framework for learning. The sixth and final year is made up of fully integrated clinical rotations where students spend several weeks immersed in clinical specialities such as Emergency Medicine, Paediatrics and Psychiatry.

 

ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS AND ELIGIBILITY

 

Grades

 

There are no specific academic prerequisites for entering this course. Students must be 18 at the commencement of the course and have completed education up to this time in their country. Students must, however, have the level of scientific knowledge required to pass the entrance exam, which is detailed below.

 

Admissions Exam

 

All applicants to the course (with some exemptions, listed below) must sit an admissions exam. This exam is designed to test applicants’ command of the English language, as well as their scientific knowledge. The questions are multiple-choice, and there are four categories of questions in the test:

 

  • Biology (20 Questions)
  • Chemistry (20 Questions)
  • General English (40 Questions)
  • Medical English (20 Questions)

 

This exam, alongside an oral interview which takes place at the same time, will largely determine which applicants are accepted onto the course. Details on the topics that commonly arise can be found at http://admissions.medschool.pte.hu/application-step-by-step/entrance-exam-topics. There is no absolute score beneath which an applicant will not be accepted. In the event of an unsuccessful test, this exam can be retaken a maximum of two times. For details on where the test can be taken in your country and to book your spot, please visit www.studyhungary.hu. N.B. This test must be sat prior to the 30th June.

 

Exemptions

Some applicants may be exempt from sitting the entrance exam. To be considered for this, applicants must be able to show they possess either a B.A. or B.Sc degree (or are currently studying towards one of these), and have a good command of the English language. In order to be considered for exemption, the university requires:

 

  • Degree transcripts (in English)
  • Proof of English language prowess, such as with a high IELTS or TOEFL score. If English is the applicant’s mother tongue, a passport copy proving this is required.

 

International Students (inc. no./% places)

 

International students fill all 160 places on this course

 

Access to Medicine courses

 

There are no Access to Medicine courses accepted at Pécs University.

 

Policy on Re-applicants

 

Applicants may reapply a maximum of two times following an unsuccessful attempt.

 

Policy on Deferrals

 

It is not possible to defer entry onto this course.

 

APPLICATION PROCESS

 

Application Deadlines

 

Applications open on March 1st and must be submitted by June 30th to your local representative, which can be found at http://www.studyhungary.hu/pages.php?pageID=41. They use a rolling admissions system, so the sooner you apply, the higher your chances of getting in. The academic year starts in September.

 

Application Documents

 

 

SELECTION PROCESS AND INTERVIEW

 

Selection Process

 

Applicants are ranked based on their entrance exam score, and the top applicants are offered a place on the course. Previous grades do not feature as part of the selection process at Pécs.

 

Interview

 

Following completion of the written exam, all applicants have a one-on-one interview with a member of University teaching staff. In this interview, the applicant is expected to show how dedicated to Medicine they are and how professionally they can comport themselves. There are no biomedical questions in this part of the process. This interview leads to a report on the applicant, which is considered if the candidate achieves a borderline result in the written examination. Candidates should be prepared to talk about items discussed in personal statement.

 

COMPETITION RATIOS

 

The university does not release the competition rations for the medicine course specifically. However, they do say that they have over 1,000 applicants per year for the faculty as a whole, with most of these applying to the 160 places available on the medical course.

 

RANKINGS

 

Pécs is ranked 251-300th for Medicine globally by the QS WU Rankings.

 

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

 

First of all, it’s very cheap compared to other European countries, and it has high value of education.

 

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

 

In my opinion the system is not that good, because teachers set oral exams and sometimes they easily fail you, seemingly regardless of your level of knowledge. Sometimes it can feel a bit unfair.

 

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

 

If you want to study here you should get used to living in a small city, and there is not much fun here like going to different parties or bars etc... Here if you want have fun or, I can say, live, you should go to the lakes around or have BBQ in good areas near, which you need a car for by the way (it is so cheap to buy a car here).

 

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

 

Prepare for the exam by revising the basic things you learned in school, like Biology, Physiology and Chemistry.

 

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