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PhD curriculum

PhD Programme UN094

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6 Semester (180 ECTS)
Graduate: PhD

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The Structure of the PhD 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

Courses can be looked up and booked in the MedCampus syste,. 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.

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 YSA Symposium is an annual two-day event where our doctoral students share and  present their research work  with the community in form of five keynote speeches and over 150 posters. For those students who have enrolled after the winter semester of 2019, it is mandatory to attend at least for once a YSA symposium. Since the event is a great opportunity to network and exchange knowledge, we can only recommend it to every student. The last two symposia unfortunately had to take place online due to COVID-19, we hope that we can meet you again in person in 2022!


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".

Selectable courses:

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

Basics of Scientific Writing and Presentation 2 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.

Timeline Proposal of Courses and Propedeutics

1st SemesterSemester hoursECTS Credits
Propedeutics    44
Basic Course22
Journal Club2


2nd SemesterSemester hoursECTS Credits
Propedeutics    22
Basic Course22
Journal Club2


3rd SemesterSemester hoursECTS Credits
Journal Course22
Thesis Seminar23
4th SemesterSemester hoursECTS Credits
Journal Club22
Thesis Seminar23
5th SemesterSemester hoursECTS Credits
Journal Club22
Thesis Seminar23
6th SemesterSemester hoursECTS Credits
Journal Club22
Thesis Seminar23
Semester hoursECTS Credits
Doctoral Thesis146
Curriculum (PDF, 141KB)
Curriculum EN 31.10.2021