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What Do I Need to Complete my PhD?

1. Lectures & Courses

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

  • Fundamentals for Physicians 
  • Fundamentals for Natural Scientists and Technicians

Fundamentals of science and general skills: at least two courses in these fields, 4 SWH in total

  • Biostatistics*
  • Biostatistics with Practical Examples*
  • Summer School in Complementary Skills
  • Bioethics
  • Presentation Skills
  • Basic and Advanced Methods in Biomedical Research
  • Eucaryotic Model Organisms

*If PhD candidates 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 PhD degree program.

Dissertation seminars: summing up to a minimum of 8 SWH

  • 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)
  • Oxidative stress (Abuja)
  • Oxidative stress, methodology and assay development (Abuja)
  • Cellular Ca2+ imaging: from the bulk to the subcellular level (Graier, Malli)
  • Molecular background of pivotal studies in pulmonary hypertension (Olschewski)

Literature Clubs, Project Presentation and Guest Lectures I – III, V-VI: consisting each semester of:

  • Literature clubs (incl. own presentation)
  • Project Presentations
  • Guest lectures
  • Attendance list

Public Presentations(e.g. Doctoral Day)

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 a 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.

The citation impact („impact factor“) of the respective journal has to be 3.0 or higher at the time of either print or acceptance of the publication.

If the citation impact of the (shared) first author publication is lower than 3.0 (e.g. 2.5) exception can be given upon request by the Curricular Committee by upvaluation with at least one more publication of the student in a SCI listed journal as author or co-author.

In any case, the PhD program MolMed must be mentioned in the acknowledgements.

4. Approbation of the Dissertation

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