PhD Program

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Diagrammatic representation of the GHS structured PhD after the official acceptance (PDF, 114KB)

  • The research projects of the doctoral students within the Graduate School for Health Sciences (GHS) focus on the health of individuals and groups in their social contexts and physical environments and they address questions rooted in basic and clinical research and applied fields.
  • Expertise for the diverse projects is drawn and synthesized from diverse academic disciplines, from the humanities to medicine and the natural sciences. The extensive pool of academic experts and resources enables the GHS students to develop into highly qualified researchers or professionals ready to use their knowledge and skills in complex subjects in their chosen area.
  • Depending on the field of research the candidates are allocated to specific expert committees, which are involved in the admittance, guidance, and evaluation of the PhD candidates. The GHS currently has three expert committees.
    Expert Committee I (FK I) covers competences in areas such as preventive and social medicine, public health, medical education, psychology, rehabilitation, clinical research and others.
    Expert Committee II (FK II) focuses on neurosciences.
    Expert Committee III (FK III) accompanies the research activities of clinically active candidates who are completing a PhD program in parallel to their work in the clinic (for more information see: here).
  • The PhD program of the GHS consists of the doctoral thesis involving 3 to 4 years of research work (for students under the Expert Committees I and II), carried out at one of the research units/departments collaborating with the GHS and of an individually tailored training program of 18.0 ECTS credit points. For students under the Expert Committee III (Clinical Sciences), the duration of the PhD program is 4 - 6 years. 
  • Two intermediate evaluations (1st Year Examination and 2nd Year Examination) evaluate the PhD candidate’s comprehension and competence as well as the progress in the research project.
  • At the end of the PhD research project the doctoral candidate is required to submit at least three scientific papers to peer-reviewed journals (for more information see here). One paper, for which the candidate is the first author, must be accepted for publication, and another two must have reached the peer-review stage.

  • Completion of the program entitles the candidate to bear the title "PhD in Health Sciences (Specialization)".

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