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Study Guide to Masters and Bachelors Degree Courses

The "Iuliu Hatieganu" University
of Medicine and Pharmacy


Rector Prof. dr. Alexandru Irimie
Address Str.Emil Isac Nr.13, 400023 Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Tel. No. +40-264-406843; +40-264-597256 ext. 2169
Fax No. +40-264-597257; +40-264-594289
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 University Degree
    Medicine - 6 study years Dental Medicine - 6 study years Pharmacy - 5 study years

    Short-cycle Degrees
    Nursing - 4 study years (Only in Romanian)
    Radiology and Medical Imaging - 3 study years (Only in Romanian)
    Balneo-Physio-Kinesitherapy and Rehabilitation - 3 study years (Only in Romanian)
    Dental Techniques - 3 study years (Only in Romanian)
    Nutrition and Dietetics – 3 study years (Only in Romanian)

    Postgraduate Programmes
    Residency: 2 to 7 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.
    Master’s degree programmes: 19
    Ph.D Degree: with attendance (4 year programme) and without attendance (6 year programme).
    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 entrance contest. A limited number of places for paying students are also available each year. Overseas students: are taken on a paying basis; the tuition fee amounts to 5000 EUR per study year
    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 National Ministry of Education. It is applicable to specific countries and agreements.
    Admission requirements Undergraduate studies:
    General procedure:
    Applicants will be accepted for enrollment preferentially, on individual file assessment and on a quality criteria-basis: e.g. grades during high-school, school leaving final examination grade, partial or full previous university education, internationally-recognized language certificates, extra-curricular carried-out activities, other relevant achievements and a letter of recommendation.

    The content of the application file:
    Main documents:
    1. Standard application form
    2. CV
    3. Birth certificate ( original + 1 copy)
    4. Authenticated copies (2) of the high-school leave diploma
    5. Photocopy of the passport
    6. Medical certificate
    7. Language certificate

    Postgraduate studies:
    - a university degree in the medico-pharmaceutical field is requested

    An admission contest for doctoral studies is organized by the University once a year (in September). Non-EU citizens need to apply directly to the Romanian Ministry of Education, Research, Youth and Sports, in order to be accepted into the programme and further get assigned a place.

    IMPORTANT: in the case of non-EU applicants, photocopies of the study documents as well as birth certificate, passport and medical certificate to be authenticated by the Romanian Embassy of the issuing country.

    For detailed information about admission requirements at all studylevels 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 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 - 6442
    Medical Trainee’s/Residents: 2335
    Number of Master’s Degrees Students - 193
    Number of PhD Students - 361
    Number of Scientific Researchers: 11

    Overseas students:
    Total number of overseas students : 2412
    Countries of origin: 60
    Contact for application Corina Muresan
    Admissions Office - Foreign Students
    Tel: +40-264-406843/ +40-264-597256/ 2189
    Fax: +40-264-597257



    Degree: Medical Doctor (M.D.)
    Dean: Prof.dr. Anca Buzoianu ( M.D)

    The faculty has a strong strategy of development, ensuring a modern, high quality medical education system in accordance with international standards. As a result of these high education standards and our strict evaluation criteria, the overall results of the latest residency contests has placed our graduates in primary positions at national level.


    Degree: Dentist (D.D.)
    Dean: Prof. Dr. Radu Câmpian (D.D)

    The priorities of the Faculty place considerable emphasis on the development of multidisciplinary skills: observation, practicals, clinical, communication, computer, team work and management skills New study disciplines have been introduced, such as: occlusology, implantology, oral pathology and dental community medicine, in accordance with international higher education criteria.


    Degree: Pharmacist
    Dean: Prof. Dr. Gianina Crișan

    The Faculty of Pharmacy has a complex structure including teaching staff and laboratories for all fundamental and specialty study disciplines. After 1989, new targets were initiated: the computerization of the education process, restructuring of the curricula according to contemporary European standards by adopting the transferable credit system as a basis for international mobility grants and prizes for students.

    Short-cycle programmes:


    Degree: Graduate nurse
    The programme belongs to the Faculty of Medicine - initiator of this program, as a response to national priorities.


    Degree: Radiology Technician
    The programme was created in 1995, through the initiative of the Department of Radiology and Imaging. The programme trains medical staff essential for the highest level of diagnostic medicine using sophisticated imaging technology and radiotherapy techniques.


    Degree: Dental Technician
    Created in 1993, the programme is offered by the Faculty of Dentistry - initiator of this program, as a response to national priorities.


    Director: Prof.dr. Radu Badea
    The doctoral school of “Iuliu Hatieganu” University of Medicine and Pharmacy is a recent, but developing institutional structure.

    In the construction of its curricula, we have started from the structure of education programs built by similar higher education institutions from around the world and especially from the identification of the subjects considered to be essential for the harmonious training of a young researcher. The doctoral degree is organized in two ways: with attendance (4 year) and without attendance (6 year). At the end of the doctoral program, after oral presentation of the doctorate thesis and the confirmation of the scientific title awarded, the degree of "Doctor in Medicine" or "Doctor in Pharmacy" is given. In our University there are 96 scientific directors in 36 specialties (30 in medicine and 6 in pharmacy).


    Founded in 1872, the Faculty of Medicine was part of the Franz-Joseph University. In 1919, Iuliu Haţieganu was named Professor and Dean of the Faculty of Medicine. The Faculty continued to develop its curriculum and increase the number of its disciplines, so that in 1948 the Institute of Medicine and Pharmacy was created, with the faculties of General Medicine, Hygiene, Pediatrics, Dentistry and Pharmacy. In the academic year 1990, the Institute became the University of Medicine and Pharmacy, with the following faculties: Medicine, Dentistry and Pharmacy, and in 1993 the University was designated as the "Iuliu Hatieganu" University of Medicine and Pharmacy, after its first Romanian Professor of Clinical Medicine, who also was the first Dean of the Faculty of Medicine. Since 2000, the university has continuously developed its academic profile, including by internationalizing its curriculum. All the 3 faculties are offering study programmes in English and French, highly appreciated by national and international bodies and by its attendees.


    Courses take place according to subject syllabi and curricula. In order to ensure the optimum participation of students in practical education, they are divided into study groups of 7-12 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).



    Residency is the standard form of postgraduate training in order to become a specialist doctor. The duration of residency studies is 2 to 7 years, depending on the specialty. All curricula have been adapted in accordance with the requirements of Higher Education Reform in Romania and its integration with the standards of Western European universities and also in order to create the possibility of applying for training abroad.

    Competency courses

    These are designed as short specialization programs in a more restricted branch derived from a basic specialty or as programs for acquiring medical equipment techniques, which confer the right and accreditation to practice the acquired knowledge. In order to obtain these, specialists attend a program of courses and practical training with a duration of 6 months to 1 year, depending on the competence required.

    Postgraduate training courses

    The duration of these courses is short, between 1 and 6 weeks. Their subjects and bibliography include various fields, as well as the latest results of medical scientific research which are transmitted both as theoretical information and practical applications, using the top level medical equipment of the university.

    Research is an essential element in our work.

    Subject fields range from anatomy, physiology, morphopathology, clinical fields, respectively - internal medicine, cardiology, gastroenterology and surgical specialties. In the latter years, exceptional performances in biochemistry, cell and molecular biology, pediatrics, oncology, medical imaging and anesthesia and intensive care have also been demonstrated.

    Other field with important results in research are: odontology-parodontology, dental prosthetics, medical biochemistry, pharmacology, pharmaceutical technology, analytic chemistry, physical chemistry of drugs and biopharmacy, drug control.

    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.

    The Library

    The "Iuliu Hatieganu" University of Medicine and Pharmacy is served by the "Valeriu Bologa", Central University Library whose stock of over 500,000 medical and pharmaceutical textbooks can be consulted in the reading rooms or borrowed as short and long term loans. The library also possesses a rich collection of monographs and treatises, with subscriptions to over 160 international periodicals. At present, the collection of foreign publications has significantly increased due to higher recurrent budgets, but also with the support of international institutions and organizations, such as the University of Edinburgh, Churchill Livingstone Publishers, Edinburgh, the Cultural Alliance France - Romania, the Faculty of Medicine of Tours, the British Council, Bucharest, World Vision International Organization and the Foundation for an Open Society.

    The library also provides access to electronic databases such as MEDLINE on CD-ROM plus free INTERNET access and e-mail services to university patrons. A local computerised database ensures access to the complete library stock.

    In addition to the Central Library, there are two main faculty libraries (Dentistry and Pharmacy) plus 40 other libraries at hospitals and departments, as well as at student hostels.


    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 Universitiare de la Francophonie); CIDMEF (Conférence Internationale des Doyens de Médecine d'Expression Française) and the European Association of Pharmacy Faculties, A series of agreements/ conventions have been concluded with the University of Medicine - Budapest, the University of Medicine - Debrecen, the Faculty of Medicine - Szeged, Hungary, the Faculty of Medicine -Catania, Italy and the Faculty of Medicine of Ljubliana. The international co-operation is developing permanently through students and staff exchanges in the framework of Erasmus, AUF and other programmes.

    Halls of residence: The University has 9 halls of residence where approximately 2,700 students are lodged. Over 40% of the University students benefit from board and lodging grants given according to the grant system validated by the University Senate. These bursaries are awarded to exceptionally gifted students, students with the highest grade in the entrance examinations and also given for specific studies and those who require social assistance. Canteen: The University canteen is situated within close proximity of the university campus, offering diversified menus and accommodating 150 students at any one time. Sports facilities: The University Sports Club, founded in 1966, has a sports area , where the students can practice sports such as basketball, volleyball, football, aerobics, target shooting, tennis, etc. Students’ clubs: At the Students' Cultural Club, students can participate in the drama circle, the choir, dancing, pop music bands etc., which not only enrich the spiritual life of the students but also provides free-time leisure activities.

    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 (the country beyond the woods), 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. Climate: Temperate-continental.

    Places of interest: The National Theatre and the Romanian Opera, the Hungarian Theatre and Opera, the Philharmonic Orchestra, The Students' House of Culture, the National Art Museum, the Historical Museum of Transylvania, the Ethnographic Museum of Transylvania, the "Emil Isac" Museum, the Natural History Museum, the "Lucian Blaga" University Library, the "Octavian Goga" Public Library, the Academy Library, the University Staff Club, etc. Leisure: The Central Park, the "Iuliu Hatieganu" Sports Park, the "Horia Demian" Sports Hall, the Football Stadium, the Hoia Country Park, Faget forests and the renowned Botanical Garden. Cluj-Napoca has many pubs, restaurants, cafes, night-clubs, all very attractive to students.

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