Application and Admission


Educational background

The completion of a degree program in (human) medicine or dental medicine or of a related life science or engineer diploma/Master’s program is required for admission to the Doctoral Degree Program in Medical Science.

As outlined in paragraph 2 of the curriculum, admission may also be granted if an equivalent degree program has been completed at a recognized Austrian or foreign tertiary educational institution. The equivalence shall be determined by the Vice Rector of Studies and Teaching during the admission process.

Postgraduate (degree program) courses are not regarded as adequate admission requirements.

If you are not sure if your diploma/Master’s study program meets the requirements for admission to the Doctoral Degree Program in Medical Science, you can send us your graduation documents and transcript of records for a beforehand check per studium(at)

Persons who fulfil the admission requirements are entitled to apply for advertised dissertation topics within the framework of the Doctoral Schools.

Doctoral thesis abstracts submitted to MUGthesis are reviewed by representatives of the respective Doc School and by the Dean of Doctoral Studies prior to release. Candidates who request admission to the Doctoral Program of Medical Science will be invited to a presentation of the doctoral thesis abstract selected and a personal interview in English language. Admission to the doctoral program requires successful participation in the hearing.

Guideline for the application procedure


Dates for application in winter term 2024/2025

  • Deadline 1: MUGthesis entry of the dissertation topic by the main supervisor for winter term 2024/25: August 16th 2024
  • Deadline 2: Registration deadline for the admission interview: September 09th, 2024!


Required documents for the registration to the admission interview:


Doc School Lifestyle-related diseasesOctober 04th, 2024 AND/OR October 10th, 2024

Doc School Bone, Muscle and Joint

October 09th, 2024 AND/OR October 10th, 2024
Doc School Molecular Medicine and InflammationOctober 02nd, 2024 AND/OR October 03rd ,2024
Doc School Sustainable Health ResearchOctober 03rd ,2024 AND/OR October 07th ,2024 AND/OR October 08th ,2024
Doc School Translational Molecular and Cellular BiosciencesOctober 08th, 2024 AND/OR October 09th ,2024
Doc School NeuroscienceOctober 07th, 2024 AND/OR October 09th ,2024
Doc School Dentistry and Maxillofacial SurgeryOctober 09th, 2024 AND/OR October 10th, 2024



Admission to the doctoral program requires successful participation in the hearing! 

After the hearing you will be contracted by the Study Management regarding the further admission process. 

Attention: Applicants from Non-European-Countries have to submit all the necessary documents as mentioned under the item “documents” latest until February 5th, (for summer term) and September 5th (for winter term).

Please note that the end of the grace period (30.04. or 30.11.) is the deadline on which you have appear in person for approval at the very latest! 


Compliance with the admission requirements is reviewed as follows:

  • The application for admission (Formular Ansuchen um Zulassung) to the Doctoral Degree Program in Medical Science must be filled in and submitted with the proof of completion of a relevant diploma/Master’s study program.
  • Registration of a doctoral thesis/doctoral thesis agreement form (Dissertationsvereinbarung)
    When applying for admission, students must present the completed and signed dissertation agreement defining the Dissertation Committee which consists of at least three persons and which will be headed by a supervisor. One member must be from outside the institute or clinical department where the work will be performed. Two members (in any case the supervisor) of the Committee must have a venia legendi; the other members shall hold a doctoral degree.
    The topic of the doctoral thesis must be taken from a field/subfield that is represented in at least one institute/clinical department of the Medical University of Graz You can find the available topics in the list of available thesis’ topics (mugthesis).
    The dissertation topic selected must be stated in the form, which must then be submitted together with the completed form “Application for Admission to the Doctoral Degree Program in Medical Science” to the Study Management. The signature of the Dean for Doctoral Studies will be obtained by the officers in charge – please be aware that this may take a certain number of working days.
    Please note that the form “Thesis Registration/Dissertation Agreement” cannot be accepted if the dissertation topic has not been selected from the list of available thesis’ topics (mugthesis). Compliance with this requirement will be reviewed by the Study Management.

    The input of the topic in MUG-thesis must be done in English.

Both forms (originals) and the required documents must be sent by (inhouse) mail or submitted in person to the following address:
Study Management
Neue Stiftingtalstraße 6
A - 8010 Graz

Re-Registration after interruption

After interruption a re-registration to the doctoral program in medical sciences is possible only due to the actual curriculum.

So we ask you to contact us under studium(at) before planning to get re-registered. Thus we have the possibility to check if your thesis agreement concluded at first registration is still valid concerning the actual curricular regulations or if an actual thesis agreement must be concluded. 


Organisationseinheit Studienmanagement 
Neue Stiftingtalstraße 6 WEST | Gebäude P | 3. Stock
8010 Graz
T: +43 316 385 73687 & 71614