Department of Health Studies

Biomedical Science



Do I meet the admission requirements?

German is the language of instruction. Knowledge of the German language is thus an essential prerequisite (at least Level C1).

Qualification for university entrance

You can apply for a programme at FH JOANNEUM if you have completed

  • a secondary academic school or a college for higher vocational education,
  • a vocational matriculation exam or
  • an apprenticeship diploma plus upper secondary certificate

You have no university entrance qualification

If you have no secondary school leaving or vocational matriculation certificate you need

  • a university entrance qualification exam or
  • a relevant professional qualification plus additional exams, which you may take as part of the qualification course for university entrance

You need to provide evidence that you have passed the relevant exams until the start of studies.

Qualification course for university entrance

You must complete the following subjects

  • Biology and Environmental Science,
  • Chemistry 2,
  • Physics 1 and
  • English 1

A qualification course for university entrance is offered for example by the Medical University of Graz and by other universities and educational institutions.

Relevant professional qualifications plus additional examinations

Relevant professional qualifications include

  • a completed apprenticeship (e.g. chemical laboratory engineer, chemical process engineer, non-dispensing chemist etc.),
  • completion of vocational training (e.g. in allied health professions, health care and nursing) or
  • completion of a secondary vocational school (e.g. with a focus on chemistry, biochemistry and bioanalytics, biotechnology and genetic technology, chemical engineering or environmental engineering).

You must complete the following subjects

  • Biology and Environmental Science,
  • Chemistry 2,
  • Physics 1 and
  • English 1

You are not an Austrian citizen?

You'll need to meet certain requirements. For more information please go to International Applicants.

Specific requirements for Health Sciences programmes

Once you have been accepted, you need to prove that you fulfil the health requirements for the course by submitting the following documents:

The final assessment of medical suitability is the responsibility of the head of degree programme.


We recommend completing a first aid course (16 hours) before the start of the degree programme. We also recommend that you complete a voluntary career-specific internship in order to gain an insight into the profession.