Kharkiv National Medical University (KNMU)

Kharkiv National Medical University

Kharkiv National Medical University (KNMU) is one of the largest medical universities  in  Ukraine, located in one of the most beautiful cities in Eastern  Europe. It is one of the oldest higher educational establishments of Ukraine. Historically, Kharkov State Medical University was the first higher medical educational institution in Ukraine.

The Diploma of Kharkov State Medical University is prestigious and recognized in many countries of the world. Since 1998, Kharkov State Medical University is a member of the International Association of Universities (under the aegis of UNESCO).

Since 1951 the University has been training specialists for foreign countries of the Eastern Europe, China, Mongolia, and since 1961 students from the countries of Asia, Africa, and Latin America have been studying here. Now, 3700 foreign citizens study at KNMU at the Medical and Dentistry Faculties, at the clinical postgraduate course.

More than 7,500 specialists from 86 states of Europe, Asia, Africa, Latin America, and Middle East have graduated from KNMU since 1951. Among them 12 Doctors and 90 Candidates of Medical Sciences, about 200 postgraduates.

The languages of instruction for foreign students are Russian and English. KNMU has become an important centre for international students who need expert teaching in learning.

The University is currently training about 8,000 students, among them 3700 foreign citizens. Among the University academicians there are than 700 teachers, including 102 Doctors of Sciences and Professors, 387 Candidates of Medical Science, 32 members of academies, 17 Honored Scientists. And number of teaching/academic staff involved in teaching foreign students: total – 186, among them: doctors of sciences, professors (%) – 12.4; candidates of sciences, assistant professors (%) – 65.6.

KNMU constantly modernizes its clinical and teaching facilities.

And 63 departments of KhSMU provided with all the necessary equipment are carrying out clinical and theoretical training. Moreover the clinical departments of the University are based on 9 regional, 10 city, 4 departmental medical establishments.

At the University the training is provided at Medical Faculty (6 years duration) and Dentist Faculty (5 years duration). In the process of training continuous control is conducted by estimating of students’ knowledge at the each stage of studying.

Finally control is provided by passing tests and examinations in subjects studied during this term. At the University, all necessary facilities have been provided for organization and maintenance to assume a control over the students’ knowledge in subjects of the general fundamental sciences. National examination KROK is compulsory to pass after the 3-rd year after the 6-th year. So the examination verifies the knowledge of subjects from the cycle of professional and practical training and in the same time it envisages a wide test control over the current and final levels.

Furthermore on completion of the training, state examinations are passed in main subjects: Internal Diseases, Occupational Diseases and Infectious Diseases, Surgical Diseases with Pediatric Surgery, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Childhood Diseases with Childhood Infectious Diseases, Hygiene, Social Medicine, Organization and Economy of Public Health. After successful passing of the state examinations graduates of KNMU are awarded the qualification of Doctor, the title the Doctor of Medicine and the Degree of Specialist.

Marking System:

5 – Excellent

4 – Good

3 – Satisfactory

2 – Unsatisfactory

Each academic year starts on September and consists of two semesters:

Semester 1 – from September to January;

Semester 2 – from February to July.


therefore the training is given in the following specialties:

  • General Medicine

  • Dentistry

  • Clinical postgraduate course (residency) lasting 2-4 years;

  • Postgraduate course, the term of training is 3 years;

Faculty of Post Graduate Education offers the areas as follows:


  • Radiology

  • Therapy

  • Dermatology and Venereology

  • Infectious Diseases

  • Neurology

  • Pathological Anatomy

  • Psychiatry

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

  • Anesthesiology

  • Traumatology and Orthopedics

  • Ophthalmology

  • Urology

  • Surgery

  • Pediatrics

  • Childhood Gynecology

  • Pediatric Infectious Diseases

  • Pediatric Surgery

  • Hygiene of Children and Teenagers

  • General Hygiene

  • Public Hygiene

  • Occupational Hygiene

  • Cardiology

  • Epidemiology

  • Therapeutic Dentistry

  • Pediatric Dentistry

  • Orthopedics

  • Orthopedics Dentistry

  • Surgical Dentistry

Professionally oriented subjects contain 6,701 hours, which are as follows:

  • dentistry type 3,734 hours

  • clinical type 2,453 hours

  • hygienic type 298 hours

  • elective courses 216 hours

  • practical training 1,080 hours