Do you have a passion to not only conduct research and publish medical innovations but pursue scientific work as well? Then a Doctorate in Medical Sciences is the program for you!
The full-time doctoral/PhD program in Medical Sciences is 180 ECTS credits and offered in English. The program focuses on scientific work and completing a dissertation. You also learn transferable skills, such as presentation skills and writing scientific studies and papers.
The program concludes with a "defensio" (oral defense) of your dissertation in which you present your research study and findings in a public setting and open the topic up for discussion. Graduates of the Doctorate Degree program in Medical Sciences are conferred with either the title Dr. scient. med. or PhD. The degrees differ in accordance with the following criteria:
The Dr. scient. med. required:
The PhD requires:
Dr.scient.med. / PhD
English (Level C1)
As part of the doctoral program, students are required to successfully complete a total of 180 ECTS credits as follows:
Successful completion of the doctorate degree program is a prerequisite to pursuing an academic career at universities or a universities of applied sciences, at centers of excellence, or at other non-academic research institutions, particularly to work towards a PostDoc/Habilitation and/or a professorship position.
A PhD in science is considered advantageous in support of pursuing a career in industry, particularly senior research and development positions at pharmaceutical companies and in the biotech industry.
To enroll in a doctorate degree program in Medical Sciences, please provide the following documentation:
Submit the application for admission to the degree program online via MyAdmission, opens an external URL in a new window. You will also need a student applicant account. Detailed information about registration is available here.
Your Thesis Advisory Committee (TAC) is required to supervise your dissertation and monitor your progress in an academic, scientific, and scholarly capacity from the very start.
Your three-person TAC team must include:
Once a year, and part of a progress report, the candidate must hold a presentation about his/her progress in regards to the dissertation in front of the Thesis Advisory Committee. Once the progress report is documented and coinfirmed, it will be uploaded to Moodle as part of the Dissertation Colloquium, Interim Report I & II courses and the corresponding Doctoral School members will also have access
As part of the dissertation colloquium at the start of your studies, you will be required to present a comprehensive dissertation concept. The concept must address the following points:
In general, cumulative dissertations are acceptable. This requires a minimum of three original papers in first or co-authorship (for details, see the curriculum). The dissertation must also include the following aspects in a clear, concise, and comprehensible way:
Once your team of supervisors has been confirmed, please notify the JKU's Office of Examinations and Recognition Services (PAS) in regard to the names of your first and second supervisor. Once you have successfully completed the dissertation colloquium by the end of the third semester (at the latest), you are required to finalize a dissertation agreement and submit the agreement to the Office of Examination and Recognition Services. Click here to access the required forms ("Doktorat neu").
Related information, instructions, and notifications are available in the "blackboard" for doctorate degree programs in Moodle. Once you have successfully enrolled, log in to Moodle using your matriculation number and password. The blackboard at the Faculty of Medicine - Medical Sciences, opens an external URL in a new window provides access to important information during your studies.
Courses that include examinations and/or mandatory attendance require advance registration. Use the Faculty of Medicine's electronic attendance system (Cardea) for this purpose (a QR code, or via your mobile phone using the MyJKU app, or by using your student ID card).
See the blackboard at the Faculty of Medicine - Medical Sciences, opens an external URL in a new window for detailed information.
Once you have successfully completed your dissertation and all of the required courses, submit your dissertation to the Office of Examinations and Recognitions Services at the JKU to be graded.
Your dissertation must be reviewed by two faculty members who are not a member of the Thesis Advisory Committee (TAC). The Vice-Rector for Academic Affairs will receive the reviews. You and/or your team of dissertation supervisors can provide the Vice-Rector for Academic Affairs with a list of eligible and qualified reviewers.
The dissertation will be reviewed and evaluated as part of a defensio by an examination board consisting of three members:
Your third Thesis Advisory Committee (TAC) member may not be a member of the Examination Board.
The defensio is an oral defense of your dissertation as well as an opportunity to examine your ability to independently address scientific issues as part of your dissertation subject. The defensio begins with a 30-45 minute presentation by the candidate in regard to content and the dissertation's key findings. The presentation will be followed by a discussion of the topics covered during the presentation and, if necessary, other aspects as covered by the dissertation. The defensio may not exceed 120 minutes. All of the examination board members are required to be present.
The examination board will grade the dissertation immediately after the defensio is completed. The examination board will render its decision based on:
Please note that in accordance with Study Law, the dissertation's ECTS credits (140) can only be awarded once after submission.
If you have questions about the program or need help registering, please contact the JKU's Office of Student Information & Advising Services (SIBS). Our team at the JKU's Office of Student Information & Advising Services (SIBS), or your contact person for doctoral studies, will be happy to help you!