Teaching, research and professional training all under the same roof

Studies and teaching

The Medical Faculty of the RWTH Aachen University was founded in 1966. Besides human medicine and dentistry, the Medical Faculty now also offers study programmes for research logopaedics, for physiotherapists and an international master’s study programme for biomedical engineering with students from 20 countries. The model human medicine study programme, in step with actual practice, appeals greatly to students as confirmed in rankings.


The four key aspects of research in Aachen’s university medicine are:

  • Medicine and Technology
    The emphasis here is on research into tissue replacement, biomaterials and implants, instruments for image-controlled procedures and strategies for molecular imaging for cardiovascular diseases of the musculoskeletal system.


  • Clinical Neurosciences
    The goal of this key aspect is research on neuropsychiatric questions, in particular with methods of imaging. An international postgraduate program was launched in cooperation with the University of Pennsylvania in March 2006.


  • Inflammation and Consequences
    Important goals include understanding the similarities and differences between inflammation processes in various organs and the chronic consequences of inflammation such as organ fibrosis, organ failure, and the development of malignoma on a molecular level. As a result, this focus is particularly important to a number of chronic and age-dependant diseases. In the future the interaction between inflammation processes and mechanical stimuli will be more intensively investigated and understood (mechanobiology).


  • Cardiovascular Research
    Research on new diagnostic and therapeutic strategies in the treatment of cardiovascular diseases is a key focus of both research and patient care at the Uniklinik RWTH.


  • Oncology
    Oncology as a development focus has existed since 2012 and is currently represented by 21 departments and institutes. The following four topics are being developed: Identification of new biological processes that lead to malignant transformation and tumor initiation; Mechanisms of tumor progression and tumor relapses; Definition and validation of new therapeutic targets and proof of their functional relevance; Improvement of the treatment of oncological diseases including psycho-oncological aspects.


The Uniklinik RWTH Aachen offers a three-year training program with state exams for numerous healthcare professions. Among them are training programmes for physiotherapists, speech therapists, assistant medical technicians (lab assistants), nursing and paediatric nursing. All schools are located at the Uniklinik RWTH Aachen so that even trainees can be familiarised with the innovation and highly specialised services. This provides the ideal preparation for their future career at top medical centres.