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Study Guide to Masters and Bachelors Degree Courses

The "Iuliu Hatieganu" University
of Medicine and Pharmacy


Rector Prof. Alexandru Irimie M.D., PhD.
Address 8 Victor Babes St., 400012 Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Tel. No. +40-264-439045; +40-264-597256 ext. 2167
Fax No. +40-264-597257
E-mail address
Website address
Faculties & Colleges
  • Faculty of Medicine (also English and French sections)
  • Faculty of Dental Medicine (also English and French sections)
  • Faculty of Pharmacy (also French section)
  • Type of course Full time
    Length of course Bachelor Degree Medicine - 6 study years (Romanian, English and French sections)
    Dental Medicine - 6 study years (Romanian, English and French sections)
    Pharmacy - 5 study years (Romanian and French section)

    Postgraduate Programmes
    Master’s degree programmes: 1 or 2 years, depending on the specialty.
    PhD Degree: with attendance (4 year programme) and without attendance (6 year programme).
    Residency: 3 to 6 years, depending on the specialty.
    Competency courses: 6 months to 1 year, depending on the competence required.
    Postgraduate training courses: between 1 and 6 weeks.
    Date of commencement 1st October
    Class size Varies, according to programme chosen.
    Accommodation Available, but foreign students prefer rented accommodation.
    Fees National students: free of tax places available for students having successfully passed the admission contest. A limited number of places for paying students are also available each year.

    Overseas students: the tuition fee per year of study is 6000 EUR
    Financial assistance National students: may receive study scholarships according to their school performance.

    Overseas students: may be granted scholarships by our University, according to their school performance. In some cases, overseas students may apply for scholarships granted by the Romanian Ministry of Education. It is applicable to specific countries and agreements.
    Admission requirements Undergraduate studies:

    Criteria for selecting students . General evaluation criteria.

    Candidates shall be accepted for enrolment preferentially, based on their fulfillment of the following evaluation criteria:
    a. holder of an International Baccalaureate (IB) who obtained at least mark 5 in Chemistry and Biology or;
    b. holder of a General Certificate of Education (GCE) with grade A or A+ who obtained at least B or B+ in Biology and Chemistry or
    c. both the average of the baccalaureate marks and the average of each year’s marks in biology and chemistry represent at least 70% of the maximum mark that can be obtained in the country of origin, as long as none of the individual marks is lower than 60% or
    d. taking baccalaureate examinations in biology and chemistry or
    e. graduation from an accredited high school in the country of origin with biology and chemistry in the curriculum or
    f. graduation from an accredited high school in the country of origin, which issues a diploma recognized by the Romanian Ministry of National Education.
    g. baccalaureate exam grades must meet minimum conditions for accepting international students in medical studies (Appendix 3).

    The high school diploma must allow the candidate access to higher education in the country of origin.

    Individual evaluation of a candidate’s application files also includes the assessment of the following:

    a. Candidate’s high school education: type of high school that the applicant graduated from, results obtained in the baccalaureate / high school leaving examination;
    b. Internationally recognized certificates to provide evidence of proficiency in the language of university instruction;
    c. Quality of extracurricular activities: CV, professional experience in medicine-related fields, other relevant achievements, voluntary work, etc. d. Letter of recommendation

    Faculties may interpret the evaluation criteria differently.

    For detailed information about admission requirements at all study levels please follow the link:

    Teaching language

    For all programmes, the teaching language is Romanian.

    For the available programmes taught in foreign languages, the teaching language during the first 3 years will be either English or French. Given the need for doctor – patient communication, beginning with the 4th year, the education is delivered in Romanian. Students applying at foreign sections are requested to make proof of an advanced language certificate as appropriate.
    Student profile National students:
    Undergraduate students - 6831
    Medical Trainee’s/Residents: 2376
    Number of Master’s Degrees Students – 355
    Number of PhD Students - 435

    Overseas students:
    Total number of overseas students : 2513
    Countries of origin: 60
    Contact for application Foreign Students Department Tel: +40-264-439045; +40-264-597256 ext. 2167
    Fax: +40-264-597257


    We are the oldest institution of medical education in Transylvania

    “Iuliu Haţieganu” University of Medicine and Pharmacy represents the place where the present respects the past and builds the future, a European university that constantly improves its academic quality and aims at increasing the competitiveness on a national and international level.

    With a history dating back to the 1500s, today our university is one of the top-rated research and education Romanian universities. We have students from over 60 countries, grouped in 3 faculties: the Faculty of Medicine, the Faculty of Dental Medicine and the Faculty of Pharmacy. This gives our university a distinct multicultural charm.

    The university’s management is committed to strive for academic excellence and performance. Our mission is to act as a public institution for education, continuous training and research, serving the society, contributing to its development and its continuous adaptation to the European requirements.

    Today, we represent
    • a center of excellence in education, training of specialists, research, healthcare and pharmaceuticals
    • an institution that provides quality training for future doctors and pharmacists, through a student-centered education
    • one of the most reputable medical universities in the country
    • an active and dynamic factor in the socio-cultural life of Cluj-Napoca, a reference institution of the city
    “Iuliu Haţieganu” University of Medicine and Pharmacy offers
    • An elite academic staff
    • European curricula
    • Study programmes and scholarships in the EU
    • Modern methods for the assessment of the educational process
    • The certainty of a quality university formation
    • Modern laboratory, with European standard endowments
    • The advantage of experience and the prestige of Cluj’s medical school
    • The perspective of a high performance professional path
    Our mission is
    • Academic training in the fields of medicine and pharmacy
    • Continuous training through postgraduate courses, courses of specialization, granting competences, organizing of conferences and symposia
    • Promoting scientific research as a basic activity of all teachers
    • The opening towards society, by combining tradition and novelty in bio-medical sciences
    We offer
    • Bachelor Degrees
    • Masters Degrees
    • PhD Studies
    • Residency programs
    • Postgraduate training courses – Continuous Medical Education (CME)
    • Granting complementary competencies
    Undergraduate education - Bachelor Degrees

    The curricula are continuously updated and improved according to modern trends in Europe and world-wide. The content of the curricula and its implementation successfully combine tradition and modernity, preparing for the continuing process of professional development. In order to ensure the optimum participation of students in practical education, they are divided into study groups of 10-12 students, each group being supervised by an assistant lecturer.

    The students who have special skills for research are integrated into scientific research student circles where, under the direct guidance of the teaching staff they carry out their activity in the research laboratories of the university, with access to top performance technology. The results of their activity can be communicated and published in scientific meetings, symposiums, specialty reviews and/or used for their graduation papers.

    The courses end with The License examination consisting of four tests: two theoretical tests, one practical test and the presentation of the diploma paper (paper elaborated during the final year of study under the scientific direction of the teaching staff).

    Faculty of Medicine

    The Faculty of Medicine is a modern and dynamic faculty. Medicine in Cluj is individualized through excellence and care for the patient, which are fundamental values, affirmed since the founding of the faculty by its founders, but present today during day to day work and at the same time within the faculty’s development strategy.

    With an expanding infrastructure – spacious amphitheaters, European level laboratories, access to state of the art clinics, completely computerized libraries, new dormitories, students’ restaurant, sports facilities – the Faculty of Medicine is a landmark for academic education.

     Specialization  Duration  Credits / ECTS  Language
     Medicine  6 years  360  Ro, Fr, En
     General Medical Assistance  4 years  240  Ro
     Radiology and Imagistics  3 years  180  Ro
     Balneo-physio-kinetotherapy and Rehabilitation  3 years  180  Ro

    Faculty of Dental Medicine With a tradition of almost 100 years, the dentistry academic medical education in Cluj is the first mandatory dentistry academic education in Romania. Within the Dental Medicine Faculty over 1300 students are being educated, out of which over 700 are foreign students. Although they have different cultural and linguistic traditions, the students are initiated in the secrets of a unique profession – that of answering the needs of the patient in suffering, bringing back his/her health, smile and joy of life. The three lines of teaching in Romanian, French and English provide the students the possibility of fast and efficient integration in the education system specific to the dental medicine.

     Specialization  Duration  Credits / ECTS  Language
     Dental Medicine  6 years  360  Ro, Fr, En
     Dental Technique  3 years  180  Ro

    Faculty of Pharmacy

    The Faculty of Pharmacy provides a multidisciplinary formation, adapted to the requirements on the labor market, and its graduates can practice within the country or abroad, being able to choose from a wide range of fields: community or hospital pharmacy, medicine distribution, clinical laboratories (medical analyses) or analytical laboratories (forensic medicine, environment, public health and food safety), pharmaceutical industry, cosmetic industry, sanitary policies and also the field of healthcare services, through the formation of nutritionists.

     Specialization  Duration  Credits / ECTS  Language
     Pharmacy  5 years  300  Ro, Fr, En
     Nutrition and Dietetics  3 years  180  Ro


    Master’s Degree Studies
    • are interdisciplinary studies targeting the thorough studying of the subjects in the field of bachelor studies or in a similar field, lasting for two r four semesters
    • their target is to develop the scientific research capacities and to achieve a foundation for doctoral studies
    Ph.D. studies
    • target the training of young graduates for the purpose of achieving the skills necessary for performing high standard scientific research
    • the goal of the development of Ph.D. programmes, in collaboration with European universities, is the increase in quality of research products and the common recognition of titles. This way, the bonds in the Area of European Higher Education and in the European Research Area are strengthened.
    The formation of specialists through residency programmes
    • are a form of postgraduate training, offered to the graduates of the Faculties of Medicine, Dental Medicine and Pharmacy in order to obtain medical or pharmaceutical specializations
    • the duration of the residency varies, according to the specialization, from 3 to 6 years
    Postgraduate advanced courses (Continuous Medical Education)
    • insures an increase in the level of knowledge, abilities and skills necessary for enhancing the quality of the medical act and performance in the field of activity
    The obtaining of certificates for complementary studies
    • are a form of postgraduate training in the following fields: technical, diagnosis or therapeutic – complementary to medical and pharmaceutical specializations
    Scientific and research activity

    Our university enjoys a wide range of national and international research agreements and there is a constant exchange of ideas and academic mobility with countries from all over the world.

    The number of research grants/contracts won by our university, in the last years, assured us the second place at national level. More than half of our university’s financial support is assured through research grants or contracts.

    We have several research and excellence centers, accredited by the National Council of Scientific Research in Higher Education, in various domains from oncology to pediatrics, immunology or rheumatologic diseases.

    International research programs:
    • Framework Programs FP
    • Marie Curie fellowships
    As a student, you will benefit from the latest information in these fields. You will have the possibility to interact with research and be involved in research projects. Support for research come from a large variety of sources, ranging from government, international programmes, industry.

    Multicultural environment

    The highest number of foreign citizens studying in Romania, coming from over 60 countries.

    Mobility programs:
    • of the Romanian Government
    • of the European Commission (LLP / Erasmus, Erasmus Mundus, Tempus)
    • of the Francophone Universities Agency (AUF, scholarships Eugène Ionesco)
    • of other cooperation programs (CEEPUS, DAAD)
    Cooperation agreements with universities in South Africa, Canada, France, Georgia, Germany, Israel, Italy, USA and Hungary.

    Valeriu Bologa Library
    • an heritage of over 300.000 volumes, books and magazines
    • over 6000 registered users
    • fully computerized - with its own electronic network access to database
    • subscriptions to Romanian and foreign publications
    • all operations regarding acquisition, cataloging, user enlistment, and lending transactions are made using the integrated system Liberty3
    • member of EAHIL (European Association for Health Information and Libraries)
    Subscriptions to international data bases online access:
    • Elsevier Science Direct Health Sciences;
    • Springerlink;
    • OVID - Lippincott Williams & Wilkins High Clinical Impact + Cochrane;
    • Oxford Journals Biomedical Collection;
    • EBSCO; Wiley Interscience;
    • MD Consult;
    • Journal Citation Reports;
    • HINARI.
    International relations

    We understand very well the importance of internationalization of Higher Education, and therefore, our university has developed over the years an extensive international cooperation through existing European and international Programs: Tempus, Erasmus, Socrates and Phare, by initiating regional or European mutual research projects, and by introducing the transferable credit system to facilitate student mobility. Our university is affiliated to important university associations: EUA, AUF (Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie); CIDMEF (Conférence Internationale des Doyens de Médecine d'Expression Française) and the European Association of Pharmacy Faculties. The international co-operation is developing permanently through students and staff exchanges in the framework of Erasmus, AUF and other programmes.

    Living in Cluj-Napoca

    Cluj-Napoca, the ancient cradle of Romanian culture and civilization, is situated in the heart of the historical province of Transylvania, in the North-West of the country. It is the centre of the Cluj region, with a favorable strategic position, at the confluence of national and international communication channels. As the principal town of the district, it is one of the most important university, cultural and industrial centres of Romania, with a population of more than 400,000 inhabitants and about 80,000 students.

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