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Courses

The doctoral seminars and Literature Clubs are organised by the Doctoral Schools and offered in the Doctoral Schools of which you and your primary supervisor are members. You can find details of the available courses on MEDonline. You can obtain information on the general courses, as well as the scientific basics and general skills, Doctoral Day, etc. from the Office for Doctoral Studies.

As part of the doctoral program, the following courses must be completed:  

Compulsory subjects:  

Fundamentals for graduates in medicine and dental medicine  

Graduates with a degree in Medicine or Dental Medicine must complete courses on the fundamentals of empirical work in medical research and the life sciences (total - 4 semester-hours).  

Fundamentals for graduates in science and engineering  

Graduates of a degree program in science or engineering must complete courses on the fundamentals of medicine (total - 4 semester-hours). The courses are intended to prepare the students for research in the medical sciences by familiarizing them with the basics of anatomy, physiology, immunology/pathophysiology, pathology, pharmacology and the major clinical specialties.  

Fundamentals of scientific research and general skills  

The students must complete in elective courses (total - 4 semester-hours) in the fields of scientific theory, ethics, use of statistical methods, methods for planning, documentation, evaluation, and (meta) analysis of medical research studies and experiments, writing of scientific papers, presentation skills, university didactics, scientific English, management of scientific projects, etc.  

Dissertation seminar  

The students shall complete seminars and workshops (total - 6 semester-hours) in the field of the dissertation topic or in a sub-discipline.  

Literature clubs, project presentations and guest lectures  

During these seminars, (total - 4 semester-hours), the scientific literature relevant to the field of the dissertations and the project reports are critically presented and discussed. The confirmation of participation in literature clubs, project presentations and guest lectures  is to be forwarded to the Dean of Doctoral Studies.   

Presentation of dissertation topic and work plan before the Dissertation Committee  

The dissertation topic and the work plan shall be presented to the Dissertation Committee (total - 0.5 semester-hours) in the first semester. The doctoral candidate and the Dissertation Committee agree on the courses to be taken in accordance with the curriculum. The spokesperson of the Doctoral School will forward the presentation and a written assessment by the Dissertation Committee to the Dean of Doctoral Studies.  

Interim report to the Dissertation Committee  

In the third and fifth semester, written interim reports shall be prepared and presented to the Dissertation Committee (total - 0.5 semester-hours each). The spokesperson of the Doctoral School will forward the interim report and a written assessment by the Dissertation Committee to the Dean of Doctoral Studies.  

Public presentation (e.g. at the Doctoral Day)  

During the course of the program, one public presentation shall be prepared and held at an appropriate scientific conference, including the Doctoral Day of the Medical University of Graz, (total - 0.5 semester-hours).

Electives:  

Courses may be completed as electives, taking into consideration the thematic connection with the doctoral thesis and a scientific depth appropriate to the doctoral degree program, and shall be approved by the Rector of Studies in a recognition procedure after a positive statement has been obtained from the spokesperson of the Doctoral School.  

Please note that...

  • The courses are conducted in English.
  • At least 50% of the courses shall be completed at the Medical University of Graz. The interim reports must be made at the Medical University of Graz.
  • The successful completion of the courses is determined by the completion of course examinations and courses with continuous performance assessment with a passing grade. The sum of all course examinations represents the first part of the oral dissertation examination.
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