What Do I Need to Complete my PhD?

1. Lectures & Courses

Fundamentals: one of these two courses, depending on your undergraduate degree, 3 SWH

  • Life sciences for MDs
  • Insights into processes and needs of clinical medicine for Natural Scientists)

Complementary Skills: at least two courses in these fields, 4 SWH in total

  • Summer School in Complementary Skills
  • Summer School in Complementary Skills – Career Development
  • Scientific Presentation Skills
  • Scientific Writing
  • Biostatistics
  • Biostatistics with Practical Examples
  • Bioinformatics
  • Bioethics
  • Basic and Advanced Methods in Biomedical Research

Seminars & Courses: summing up to a minimum of 12 SWH

  • Technical workshops
  • Doctoral studies retreats

plus at least 2 practical courses:

  • Analysis of signal transduction and targeting of proteins in single cells (Graier, Groschner)
  • Animal handling and basics in mouse experiments (Haemmerle)
  • Molecular pathology (Hoefler)
  • Proteomics (Birner-Gruenberger)
  • Radioactive methods in biochemistry (Haemmerle)
  • Advanced cell culture training course (Panzenboeck, Bogner-Strauss)
  • Recognizing and classifying cell death (Madeo)
  • Basic principles of pharmacogenomic/pathogenomic (Groschner)
  • Functional characterization of animal models of metabolic liver diseases (Fickert)
  • Physiology and pathology of excitation-contraction coupling in the heart (Sedej)
  • Bioinformatics and computational medicine (Thallinger)
  • Metabolomic Phenotyping (Madl)

or equivalent, practical courses of the PhD Program MolMed (MUG), the DK-MOLIN (MUG) or the DK Molecular Enzymology (KFUG):

  • Basics in immunology (Becker, Heinemann, Sedej, Strobl, Wolf)
  • Flow cytometry (Heinemann, Konya, Marsh, Sturm)
  • Cell culture techniques and isolation of primary cells (Desoye, Hiden, Wadsack, Holzer, Marsche)
  • Assays in lipoprotein research (Marsche, Holzer)
  • Microbiome analysis I, II (Gorkiewicz)
  • Immunpharmacology (Becker, Heinemann, Holzer, Stadlbauer-Koellner, Strobl, Wolf)
  • Clinical trials and evidence-based medicine (Pieber, Stadlbauer-Koellner)
  • MolMed:
  • Introduction to main methods for investigating pulmonary circulation (Olschewski, Balint, Kwapiszewska-Marsh)
  • Basic cell culture techniques and isolation of primary cells (Desoye)
  • Biochemistry and pathobiochemistry of lipids and lipoproteins (Frank)
  • Generation and application of recombinant adenoviruses (Frank)
  • Transgenic mouse models in biomedical research (Froehlich)
  • Flow cytometry, basic course (Heinemann, Luschnig, Marsh, Sturm)
  • Methods in molecular pathology (Hoefler, Guertl-Lackner)
  • Basics in molecular biology (Hrzenjak)
  • Protein expression systems (Hrzenjak)
  • Recombinant DNA and RNA methodology (Kratky, Radovic)
  • In situ hybridization histochemistry (Schuligoi)
  • Molecular cytogenetic and array technologies (Speicher)
  • Neuroanatomy (Haybäck, Leitinger, Patz)
  • Basic and specific methods of clinical and experimental photobiology (Wolf)
  • Cellular Ca2+ imaging: from the bulk to the subcellular level (Graier, Malli)
  • Molecular background of pivotal studies in pulmonary hypertension (Olschewski)
  • Literature Clubs I – III, V-VI: consisting each semester of:

    • Journal clubs (incl. own presentation)
    • Guest lectures

    Public Presentations

    During the course of the program, three public presentations shall be prepared and presented for
    example at the Doctoral Day of the MUG or at national or international conferences.

    2. Reports

    • Dissertation Agreement (1st semester)

    • Presentation of the Dissertation Topic and the Working Plan (1st semester)

    • 1st and 2nd Progress Report (3rd and 5th semester)

    3. Publication

    At least one publication has to be accepted in an internationally approved „peer-reviewed“ journal (SCI listed) with the student as first author.

    4. Approbation of the Dissertation

    Please see the Guidelines for the Preparation of a Dissertation as well as the Checklist for PhD Theses at the MUG.