72 months
12000 EUR/year
12000 EUR/year
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The 6-year Medicine programme at the University of Tartu is designed to teach students the core competencies required to become highly skilled doctors. 


*This programme profile is financed by Dora Plus Action 4: Marketing of study and employment opportunities in Estonia (European Regional Development Fund).

6-year programme in Medicine is designed to teach students the core competencies required to become highly skilled doctors. The general objective of the Medicine programme is to train physicians who:

  • can provide medical assistance of high-quality corresponding to recent achievements in medicine and high ethical standards;
  • enhance the awareness of society of the importance of measures of health promotion and disease prevention;
  • wish to contribute by their activities to the development of medicine as a field as well as medical science;
  • are willing to engage in self-education during their entire professional career.

Why study Medicine at the University of Tartu?

  • The University of Tartu belongs to the top 1.2% of the world's universities (300th position in the QS World University Rankings 2022).
  • You will work with actual patients in the largest medical care provider in Estonia, Tartu University Hospital.
  • You will learn the Estonian language to work in local hospitals.
  • After graduation, you can work as a doctor, enter postgraduate specialist medical training or a PhD programme in Medicine.
  • 99% of Estonian doctors have graduated from the University of Tartu.
  • The university belongs to the top 1% of the world’s most-cited universities and scientific institutions in Clinical Medicine (ESI 2021).

Career opportunities

After graduation, students can pursue a wide variety of careers internationally. Students have an opportunity to continue their education in a residency programme in Estonia or abroad and become doctor-specialists; study medicine at the doctoral level, or have a job requiring a medical degree.


University of Tartu Institutional Accreditation 2015-2022: The Quality Assessment Council for Higher Education of the Estonian Quality Agency for Higher and Vocational Education decided to accredit the University of Tartu for seven years.

The next accreditation will be conducted in 2022.

Programme Structure

To be able to communicate with local patients, some knowledge of the Estonian language is required as well. A limited number of Estonian courses are a compulsory part of the curriculum, but the students should also put additional effort into learning Estonian (passing the compulsory courses alone might not be sufficient).

The basic studies in medicine are carried out in a system of courses, with the subjects being studied in a pre-determined order: 

  • compulsory subjects (331 ECTS, incl clinical practice 55 ECTS)
  • Estonian language (18 ECTS) 
  • elective and optional subjects (6 ECTS) 
  • final examination (5 ECTS)

Examples of courses:

  • Anatomy
  • Medical Chemistry
  • Immunology
  • Pathological Anatomy
  • Fundamentals of Diagnostics
  • Surgery
  • Clinical Radiology


We welcome all students who are interested in human medicine.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 72 months

Start dates & application deadlines




360 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Student insurance

Make sure to cover your health, travel, and stay while studying abroad. Even global coverages can miss important items, so make sure your student insurance ticks all the following:

  • Additional medical costs (i.e. dental)
  • Repatriation, if something happens to you or your family
  • Liability
  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Higher secondary education
  • BMAT - The BioMedical Admissions Test

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    12000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 12000 EUR per year during 72 months.
  • EU/EEA

    12000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 12000 EUR per year during 72 months.

Living costs for Tartu

300 - 600 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


There are no tuition waivers.

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