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The program is open to students who hold a Masters degree in the biosciences, chemistry, medicine, or related fields, or expect to finish their Masters' study within three months of the application deadline.

Application Process

All applicants must apply via the online application system prior to the announced deadline. All candidates must present two confidential reference letters by internationally recognized researchers. Selection of candidates is exclusively based on scientific qualification.

Short-listed candidates will be invited for an interview with the participation of the faculty members concerned. Admission will be granted only if one of the faculty members is willing to offer his/her position to the candidate.

Selected candidates will be expected to accept the offered position in writing within 3 weeks and start within 6 months after the selection. Within the first 3 months of the thesis project, both student and supervisor can terminate the contract without further explanation (probationary period). Should a faculty member move to another institution, the student is free to move, or stay at the initial institution until the end of his/her thesis work.

Criteria for Graduation

All students will be enrolled at the University of Vienna and must adhere to University regulations to obtain a degree. The official language of the program is English. Information for students on registering and regulations will be provided. In order to graduate, students have to fulfill these requirements. In short, they have to complete their practical work, write a thesis and complete the required courses, seminars and workshops outlined here. Students may only acquire credits (30 ECTS points) from courses recommended and listed by the program. Faculty members encourage publication of the thesis results in a peer reviewed journal and presentation of the results at an international conference before graduation.

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