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Aim and Qualification Profile

Doctoral Programme of Applied Medical Science N790
Application & Admission
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English: min. Level C1


6 Semester  (180 ECTS)
Graduate: Dr. scient. med.

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The Doctoral Program at the Medical University of Vienna aims to develop further the competence for independent scientific work as well as the training and support of young researchers.

The Doctoral Program of Applied Medical Science has been designed for interested junior researchers as well as for practitioners wishing to engage in science within their professions so as to relate novel findings to biomedical and clinical practice development. The doctoral candidates are supervised by highly-qualified practitioners intending to undertake research within their own discipline and develop it further. Training and support of young scientists is effected on the basis of a scientific approach corresponding to the principles of the Medical University of Vienna.

Emphasis is placed on tuition by instruction, this being an integral part and representing a key portion of the program for the impartment of practice-related skills in the respective medical field. The research part is equivalent to the PhD Program and shall result in an original doctoral thesis with accompanying publications in renowned journals. Particular importance shall be attached to multidisciplinary topics. Thus, the Doctoral Program of Applied Medical Science provides the basis for the implementation, development and management of professional medical practice. 

Following graduation, candidates will acquire the necessary qualifications to work in a specific field of medicine, and their profiles shall correspond to the attributes listed below. Graduates will:

  • Seek to apply their knowledge, in contrast to the basic research-oriented PhD graduates;
  • Advance their theoretical and practical qualifications at a high standard;
  • Acquire knowledge of numerous biomedical methods and their application in medical research and practice;
  • Continue improving their practice through research;
  • Demonstrate effectiveness as professional practitioners;
  • Assume personal responsibility and autonomous initiative in complicated and unpredictable situations in their specific field;
  • Have the ability to plan, design, implement, and adapt a research project with scientific integrity;
  • Have the ability to express an opinion relevant to medicine in their specific field and to impart this opinion effectively to a specialist as well as a non-specialist audience;
  • Promote technological, social, and cultural progress in both academic as well as professional environments, within the context of an educated society.

Doctoral students are seen as early stage researchers, therefore individuals who already have a venia docendi resp. who are about to apply for a venia docendi, are not allowed to apply for admission to a doctoral programme.