The doctoral thesis provides the final evidence that the doctoral candidate has acquired the knowledge and skills to achieve scientific work independently and competently.
Doctoral candidates produce evidence with their theses of their capability of solving an essential scientific problem successfully and increasingly independently as well as of their understanding of integrating new results into the framework of the current state of knowledge.
The doctoral candidate is entitled to apply for a topic from the suggestions of the available and registered PhD supervisors. After admission to the PhD studies, in collaboration with the supervisor, a thesis proposal must be composed which has to be defended in front of the thesis committee and afterwards has to be presented together with the expert opinion of the committee to the curriculum director for approval. The doctoral thesis has to be integrated into a research project approved by a strict expert opinion.
The topic of the doctoral thesis shall be taken from one of the thematic programmes or shall have a meaningful connection to of them. If a topic is composed in teamwork, the intellectual and experimental contribution of the doctoral candidate must be clearly evident for individual evaluation.
Within the scope of the doctoral thesis the doctoral candidate has to deal with international scholarly literature, select and apply methodology adequate for the scientific problem supported by the supervisor as well as document the progress of the doctoral thesis and the results in a suitable manner (project book). The thesis must be composed in English whereas the abstract must be composed in English and German. The composition of the thesis must correspond to scientific work according to the “Vancouver-Guidelines”.
The completed thesis is to be submitted to the curriculum director. The curriculum director immediately has to entrust two experts with the examination and evaluation of the thesis (one expert being a member of the Medical University of Vienna and the other being an external expert). They have to render their expert opinion within four months of submission at the latest. The supervisor of the thesis cannot take on the function of an expert. If the thesis is not examined and evaluated in due time, the curriculum director has to assign one or two different experts for their opinion and evaluation of the thesis upon request of the doctoral candidate.