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An introduction to the University Hospital and the Faculty of Medicine

As one of 33 University Hospitals in Germany the University Hospital Tübingen which was founded in 1805 adds to the effective combination of medical treatment of the highest standard, excellent research and teaching. We are a reliable partner in four of the six german centres for medical research, initiated by the Federal Government. The Faculty of Medicine works in close collaboration with the University Hospital Tübingen as a top class Institution for vocational training and research. It is the largest of the 7 Faculties of the Eberhard Karls University. Along with the Faculties of Theology, Law, and Arts (later Philosophy), the Faculty of Medicine was one of the "founding Faculties" of the University in 1477.


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Faculty & Hospital in figures




University Hospital


  • A Hospital offering the very best in health-care and services
  • A Centre providing medical treatment of the very highest standard
  • The hospital serves as a District Hospital for the Town and District of Tübingen
  • The Hospital's catchment area extends from the mid-Neckar urban area to Lake Constance


  • Opened in 1805
  • An Independent Public-Law Institution with an Executive Board of Directors and a Supervisory Board of Directors
  • 17 Hospitals with 41 Departments Medical Centres (MVZ)
  • Medizinische Versorgungszentren
  • 9 Institutes
  • 15 Centres
  • Approx. 1559 beds
  • Approx. 72 900 in-patients per annum
  • Approx. 355 000 out-patients per annum
  • An average hospitalisation period of 6.5 days
  • According to an opinion poll carried out at regular intervals, over 96 percent of our patients would be happy to recommend us to their friends and relatives!

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Faculty of Medicine


  • Founded 1477
  • Approx. 1700 research scientists
  • Approx. 980 laboratories
  • Approx. 2000 publications per annum
  • 20 Research Chairs - "Tübinger Sektions-Modell"

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  • More than 3800 matriculated students of human-medicine and oral medicine, Bachelor and Master Degree program in Molecular Medicine, Biomedical Technologies, Graduate Training Centres of Neuroscience and the PhD Program in Experimental Medicine
  • Approx. 500 graduates per annum
  • Trendsetter in medical teaching methods

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Economic key data








Total proceeds health-care (in T€)

| 2010→432.858 | 2011→442.906  | 2012→465.596  | 2013→490.817  | 2014→517.029 |

| 2015→542.506 | 2016→570.802


Balance sheet total (in T€)

| 2010→822.037 | 2011→830.345  | 2012→832.932  | 2013→851.837  | 2014→860.150 |

| 2015→893.947 | 2016→890.639




State grant for research and teaching

 (in T€)

| 2010→95.563,6 | 2011→98.101,5  | 2012→99.889,7  | 2013→103.408,9  | 2014→105.373,2 |

| 2015→112.748,8 | 2016→114.911


Third-party funds (in T€)

| 2010→73.233 | 2011→71.912  | 2012→88.400  | 2013→82.354  | 2014→91.078,6 |

| 2015→97.706,4 | 2016→90.440,8



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Prominent features



Markante Punkte



Prominent features in health-care


  • Comprehensive Cancer Centre
  • Centre for Perinatology
  • Social Paediatric Centre
  • Geriatric Centre
  • Transplant Centre for kidney, liver and pancreas transplants, as well as for intestinal and multi-visceral transplants
  • National Pain Treatment Centre
  • Main focus on cardiology, cardiac surgery and paediatric cardiac surgery
  • Main focus on neurology, neurosurgery, neuroradiology with a Stroke Unit




Prominent features in the field of research


  • Exzellenzcluster Centre of Intergrative Neuroscience CIN
  • Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience
  • Hertie-Institut für Klinische Hirnforschung (HiH)
  • Deutsches Zentrum für Neurodegenerative Erkrankungen (DZNE)
  • SFB/TR 654
  • SFB 1233
  • FOR 1847
Infection biology
  • Deutsches Zentrum für Infektionsforschung (DZIF)
  • SFB 766
  • SFB/TR 34
  • SPP 1656
  • Graduiertenkolleg 1708
  • Interfakultäres Institut für Mikrobiologie und Infektionsmedizin (IMIT)


Oncology, Immunology
  • Südwestdeutsches Tumorzentrum - Comprehensive Cancer Center Tübingen-Stuttgart (CCC)
  • Deutsches Konsortium für Translationale Krebsforschung (DKTK)
  • SFB 685
  • SFB/TR 156
  • SFB/TRR 209
  • FO/TR 2314
  • FOR 2497
Vascular medicine/Diabetes
  • Deutsches Zentrum für Diabetesforschung (DZD)
  • Zentrum für Ernährungsmedizin Tübingen - Hohenheim (ZEM)
  • Klinische Forschergruppe 274


Medical technology

  • Interuniversitäres Zentrum für medizinische Technologien Stuttgart
  • Tübingen (IZST)
  • Zeiss Vision Science Lab - Werner Siemens Science Center




Prominent features in teaching at University level

  • Competence Centre for University teaching methods in Baden-Württemberg
  • Interdisciplinary training center "Doc Lab"
  • Teaching evaluation
  • International exchange (University of Queensland, Brown University, Erasmus-programme etc.)
  • International Summer School "Comparative Medical Ethics" and Winter School "Critical Care"
  • Bachelor Degree "Molecular medicine", Master Degree program "Molecular medicine"
  • Bachelor Degree "Medical technology", Master Degree program "Medical technology"
  • Master Degree program "Medical Radiation Sciences"
  • PHD program "Experimental Medicine"
  • Graduate Training Centres of Neural and Behavioural Sciences / Master Degree program, Cellular & Molecular Neuroscience / Master Degree program, Neural Information Processing / Master Degree program
  • IZKF Promotionskolleg



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The Hospital as Employer






  • The largest employer in the region with nearly 9 000 full and part-time employees
  • Higher wages as in communal or private hospitals
  • Specific labour contracts
  • Numerous offers of vocational training and further education
  • An Organisation equipped to cater for the needs of the handicapped
  • since 2012 certified by the audit "beruf und familie"
  • Residential accommodation for personnel with about 700 accommodation units
  • Company and personnel medical services
  • Day nursery
  • workplace health promotion incl. in-house fitness centre
  • Subsidies for the local public transport services (Job-Ticket)



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Vocational Training






  • Over 800 educational places in schools and institutes of further education
  • Vocational training places for dental and pharmaceutical assistants, dental technicians, teachers, mechanics, specialist warehouse clerks, electricians, etc
  • State-run school for midwifery
  • School for nursing professions
  • School for medical technicians (laboratory assistants, radiologist assistants)
  • School for speech therapy
  • Specialised vocational training school for surgical technicians
  • Specialised vocational training school for anaesthesia technicians
  • Academy for training and human resource development
  • A wide range of offers of vocational training and further education for physicians



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Enterprises & enterprise participation








Last update: 25.10.2016


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