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PhD Programme UN094

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6 Semester (180 ECTS)
Graduate: PhD

Thematic Programmes

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An overview of the PhD Programme UN094 at the Medical University of Vienna.

The PhD Programme UN094 at the Medical University of Vienna aims at the further development of the competence for self-employed scientific work as well as at the training and support of the scientific offspring on the basis of a scientific attitude corresponding to the principles of the Medical University of Vienna (Good Scientific Practice / Ethics in Science and Research). Special emphasis shall be placed on multidisciplinary of the topic.

The doctoral candidates are considered by the university as "Early Stage Researchers". The doctoral candidates receive the qualification to exercise science as a profession. After a successful training, they have to comply with the profile specified below:

  • A systemic understanding of a study field and proficiency in the skills and methods associated with this field;
  • Ability to plan, design, implement and adapt a research project with scientific integrity,
  • Production of original research output which increases the borders of knowledge by the development of a substantial research work,
  • Ability to make the research output available to the scientific society according to national and international publication standards,
  • Ability for critical analysis, evaluation and synthesis of new and complex ideas,
  • Ability to communicate with the professional environment, the scientific community and the society in general about basic questions of science and scientific politics,
  • Ability to promote technological, social and cultural progress within an academic and professional context in a knowledge society.

Focus of the PhD Programme UN094

The doctoral studies at the Medical University of Vienna are primarily organized in the form of interdisciplinary thematic programmes.

The programmes gather interested university members of individual organizational units / clinics with the goal of offering a comprehensive and high-quality training programme in the respective subject areas. The doctoral candidates shall compose their thesis project within the course of the programme and additionally attend the required courses. The involvement of institutions and organizations outside of the Medical University is possible as long as the educational value is obvious.

The composition and titles of the programmes originate from the initiative of the university members interested in the organization of such a programme. The programmes shall constitute a broad topical unity within the wide range of fields at the Medical University of Vienna involving scientists of several organizational units / clinics. The list of programmes is published by the curriculum director.

Thematic Programmes:

  • Molecular Signal Transduction
  • Molecular Mechanisms of Cell Biology
  • Medical Physics
  • Neuroscience
  • Malignant Diseases
  • Endocrinology and Metabolism
  • Vascular Biology
  • Immunology
  • Medical Informatics, Biostatistics & Complex Systems
  • Inflammation and Immunity (IAI)
  • Cell Communication in Health and Disease (CCHD)
  • Signaling Mechanisms in Cellular Homeostasis
  • Integrative Structural Biology
  • RNA-Biology
  • Molecular Drug Targets (MolTag)
  • Molecular, Cellular and Clinical Allergology

Procedure of the PhD Programme UN094

The PhD Programme comprises one study period with a minimum duration of six semesters (180 ECTS). The whole extent of courses amounts to 30 semester hours and accounts for 16,7 % of the whole duration of studies (target value is a 40-hour week). The remaining time (83,3 %) is available for the composition of the thesis project.

The PhD Programme comprises a comprehensive training in the fields of the respective thesis topic as well as the acquisition of general skills for the scientific profession, in order to prepare the graduates for a career in various academic, medical, industrial and public scientific areas. This accompanying education is carried out in courses, including lectures, seminars, journal clubs, propedeutics, asic courses, thesis seminars or study periods abroad.

The doctoral thesis, composed in writing and defended in public, provides the final evidence that the doctoral candidate has acquired knowledge and skills to achieve scientific work independently and competently. The doctoral candidate produces evidence with her / his thesis of her / his capability of solving an essential scientific problem successfully and increasingly independently as well as of her / his understanding of integrating new results into the frame of the current state of knowledge. The topic of the doctoral thesis shall be extracted from one of the thematic programs, or shall have a meaningful relation with one of them.

Study Plan

The doctorate studies in the MedUni Vienna are organised particularly in the form by thematically field-covering programmes.

Thematic Programmes

The doctorate study contains a comprehensive education in the areas of the respective doctoral thesis subject just as the mediation of general abilities for the scientific occupation.


The doctoral thesis produces the final proof that the doctoral candidate has acquired knowledge and skills for the independent and competent scientific work.

Study Objective & Qualification Profile

A main focus of the doctorate in the MedUni Vienna lies on the early starting research project within the scope of one of 18 programmes.
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