An overview of the most important details
The Structure of the Ph.D. programs at MedUni Vienna.
Overall, you need complete following courses during your PhD studies:
4 hours per week in the Basic Course
6 hours per week of Propaedeutics / Propedeutics
8 hours per week of the thesis seminar / seminar for doctoral candidates
12 hours per week in the Journal Club
attending one YSA-Symposium
Courses can be looked up and booked in the MedCampus system. A brief description of the respective course types as well as a study plan suggestion can be found below.
All courses, except the basic courses, take place every semester.
The propedeutics are an important part of the programme. They have to be completed by the end of the fourth semester and comprise a choice of ground breaking medical and basic courses, of which six semester hours are obligatory.
One semester hour is mandatory in each of the following topics:
- "Ethic and Good Scientific Practice" and
- "Project Management and Intellectual Property Rights".
Medical Propedeutics - Anatomy and Physiology 2 SWSt *
Medical Propedeutics - Linking Biology and Diseases 2 SWSt *
Molecular and Cell Biology for Medics 2 SWSt
Methods of Life Sciences 2 SWSt
Methods in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry 2 SWSt
Medical Biostatistics I 2 SWSt
Medical Biostatistics II 2 SWSt
Scientific Software and Databases 2 SWSt
Mathematical Methods for Biomedical Research 2 SWSt
Preparatory Course Medical Biostatistics 1 SWSt
Introduction to Medical Imaging and Biomedical Engineering 2 SWSt
Experimental Biomedical Studies in Animals 3 SWSt
BenchPress. A guide to scientific writing beginning at the worktable 1 SWSt
Basic Data Literacy for Aspiring Life Scientists 2 SWSt
We recommend that you discuss the selection of the preparatory courses with your supervisor and program coordinator in order to ensable the best fit for your personal PhD training. The propedeutics courses are chosen and approved with the thesis registration form. By the end of the second semester, you need to send the completed thesis registration and thesis proposal to the study department.
Please note that students who have not completed a degree in human medicine need to enroll to at least one of the two * Medical Propedeutics. Students who have completed a degree in human medicine are not allowed to choose any medical propedeutics.
Basic lectures will provide you with a broad knowledge of the research area of one particular thematic program.
We recomment that you discuss with your program coordinator which basic lectures are best suited for your training. The course instructore decides on the form of assessment of the basic lecture which can be a written or an oral exam. Dates are often coordinated individually, so please inform yourself with the lecturer about the exact organizational process.
The teaching content of the journal clubs is the critical reading and discussion of current subject-relevant literature in the group. Our journal clubs thrive on interaction and therefore focus on the dialogue between all participants. It is the prefect setting to work on and improve your communication and negotiation skills. Journal clubs usually take place once a week.
The journal clubs can also be chosen across programs, some JCs explicitly deal with topics that are important for all doctoral students, for example how to write a thesis proposal.
The thesis seminar is professionally steering your research work while writing your thesis paper. This course is characterized by its lively interaction between students and supervisors, nevertheless the focus of the course is on team communication and work. Problems (such as project planning, scientific methodology, data interpretation or publication) with your own thesis can be discussed and solved within the team. It is common practise to present your thesis concept and discuss the current state of your research work and thesis paper. Each thematic program offers its own seminar, therefore for more detailed information, please contact the secretariat of your program coordinator.
The YSA Symposium is an annual two-day event where our doctoral students share and present their research work with their peers.
For those students who have enrolled after the winter semester of 2019, it is mandatory to attend at least for once a YSA symposium. We recommend every student to attend the event, as its a great opportunity to network and exchange knowledge with other scientists.
Timeline Proposal of Courses and Propedeutics
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