Programme coordinators

Nina Löchte

+49 (0)441 798 3040

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Karine von Bochmann

+49 (0)441 798 3421

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Courses and events

Medicine and Health Sciences

Medicine and Health Sciences

Welcome to the PhD Programme Medicine and Health Sciences!

This three-year programme is geared towards early career researchers doing their doctoral research project in the field of Medicine and Health Sciences. It provides subject-specific and interdisciplinary courses contributing to the development of research, communication and knowledge transfer skills, as well as courses aimed at supporting doctoral students’ career planning. 

Admission to the OLTECH Medicine and Health Sciences PhD Programme

Please apply for admission to the Graduate School Science, Medicine and Technology (OLTECH) by using the application form found here. Make sure to include the required documents (e.g. CV, Master certificate, an outline of the PhD project, a statement from your supervisor, etc.), as listed in the form. 

The OLTECH Applicaton & Admission webpage provides information regarding the application deadlines. In case you have missed a recent deadline, but would already like to attend courses of the programme, you are invited to contact the OLTECH office to inquire about becoming a provisional OLTECH member.

Admission as a doctoral student at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences

The School of Medicine and Health Sciences offers early career researchers in the fields of medical, health, natural and engineering sciences the possibility of obtaining a variety of doctoral degrees. Each of these degrees is regulated by its doctoral regulations, which are available on the website of the Doctoral Office of the School of Medicine and Health Sciences. The website also provides helpful information, answers to frequent questions pertaining to these regulations and contact information.

Doctoral researchers seeking to obtain the following doctoral degrees can become OLTECH members and take part in the PhD programmes of the Graduate School OLTECH: 

MD-Ph.D.

The fullfillment of the OLTECH Medicine and Health Sciences Programme (30 credit points) is a prerequisite for the completion of the MD-Ph.D. programme. You can find information on this degree on the Dr.med./MD-Ph.D. webpage of the Doctoral Office. 

Dr. rer. nat, Ph.D., Dr. phil., Dr.-Ing.

The fullfillment of the OLTECH Medicine and Health Sciences Programme or of another subject-relevant OLTECH PhD (study-)programme is highly recommended, but not mandatory for doctoral students pursuing a Dr. rer. nat., Ph.D., Dr. phil. or Dr.-Ing.. Information on these degrees can be found on the Dr. rer. nat., Ph.D., Dr. phil., Dr.-Ing. webpage of the Doctoral Office. 

Dr. rer. medic.

Doctoral students seeking a Dr. rer. medic. degree can become members of the Graduate School OLTECH. The 12 credit points, which must be accumulated for the obtention of the Dr. rer. medic. degree can be acquired within the framework of OLTECH’s course programme, in particular within the Medicine and Health Sciences PhD Programme. A membership to the OLTECH Graduate School and the admission to the PhD Programme Medicine and Health Sciences are prerequisites for taking part in the courses offered by the Graduate School OLTECH. The membership also gives the opportunity to attend courses of the Graduate Academy free of charge. Please note that if only the 12 credit points required for the Dr. rer. medic are earned, the OLTECH will issue a transcript of records (TOR) listing the courses and accumulated credit points. For the successful completion of the OLTECH programme, including the OLTECH certificate, at least 30 credit points, distributed over three module areas, are required. To find out more information on the degree Dr. rer. medic., please consult the Dr. rer. medic. webpage of the Doctoral Office. 

Programme and Curriculum

In addition to their scientific research, doctoral students taking part in the Medicine and Health Sciences PhD Programme must take part in courses falling under the following module themes and gather at total of at least 30 credit points. 

Broadening and deepening of field-specific scientific knowledge

In these courses, students broaden and deepen their scien­tific knowledge in the context of their field of research and acquire the necessary skills to perform their laboratory work. Students take an active part e.g. in colloquia, summer schools, lab visits abroad or courses on field-specific themes and research methods. At least 12 credit points must be accumulated in this area.

Communication and knowledge transfer

Students are given the opportunity to develop their communication and presentation skills, as well as their expertise in the transfer of knowledge, e.g. by presenting their research work at conferences or developing teaching skills in didactic courses or teaching activities. At least 6 credit points must be gathered in this area.

Interdisciplinary competencies 

Students are invited to develop strategies and expertise for their scientific career through courses on e.g. good scientific practice, scientific writing and publishing, grant writing, data management and statistics, project management, as well as courses preparing for the job market. At least 6 credit points must be accumulated in this area.

An overview of the modules that fall under the three module themes of the Medicine and Health Sciences PhD Programme is available here in German and in English, as well as in the examination regulations of the OLTECH. The overview also specifies how many credits are required to have courses count toward a module, how many can maximally be accumulated, as well which modules are mandatory. 

In addition to research activities related to the students research project (research team or departmental research colloquium, research visit abroad, taking part in conferences, etc.), the doctoral students have access to a variety of courses offered by: 

You can sign up for most of the courses on StudIP, which you can access with your university account information. You can also search for courses on StudIP by using the search option in the main tool bar and then choosing the directory search, which will give you an array of further search options. 

An exemplary curriculum over the three-year programme can be found here

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the programme coordinators!

Please note that a course corresponding to the module olt703 Clinical Epidemiology and Biometry is currently not available at the university. You are therefore invited to either take comparable courses at other institutions (e.g. at the School of Medical Sciences at the UMCG in Groningen) or choose other OLTECH courses that are relevant for your studies. Please contact the programme coordinator to arrange for the recognition of courses toward this module. 

(Changed: 17 Jun 2022)