The PhD candidate and the Dissertation Committee agree on the courses to be taken in accordance with the curriculum. During the doctoral program, the following degree courses are to be successfully completed:
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 - 3 semester-hours), including an introduction to the respective field of their thematic program.
Graduates of a degree program in science or engineering must complete courses on the fundamentals of medicine (total - 3 semester-hours), including an introduction to the respective field of their thematic program.
The students must completeelective 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.
If students have not completed a corresponding course in their preceding study program, a course on the basics of biostatistics with a scope of 2 semester-hours shall be completed as part of the doctoral degree program.
The students shall complete seminars and workshops (total - 8 semester-hours) in the field of the dissertation topic or in a sub-discipline.
During these seminars (total - 10 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.
The dissertation topic and the work plan shall be presented to the Dissertation Committee (total - 0.5 semester-hours) in the first semester.The presentation and a written assessment by the Dissertation Committee is to be forwarded to the Office for Doctoral Studies.
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 interim report and a written assessment by the Dissertation Committee is to be forwarded to the Office for Doctoral Studies.
During the course of the program, three public presentations shall be prepared and held at appropriate scientific conferences, including the Doctoral Day of the Medical University of Graz, (total - 0.5 semester-hours).
Courses (Dissertation Seminars; Literature Clubs, Project Presentations and Guest Lectures; Fundamentals of scientific research and general skills) 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. In total, a maximum of 4 semester week hours may be completed as electives.