The crown of science: Doctoral Programme in Dentistry (PhD)

Principles of the doctoral programme

Doctoral programmes (PhD studies) are a central and indispensable part of university science. Students of a doctoral programme, young researchers in their field of specialisation, develop new knowledge and make a significant contribution to the scientific development of their field. Accordingly, the heart of a doctoral programme is independent research, which is presented and defended at the end of their studies in the form of a dissertation.

Qualification objectives of the doctoral programme

DPU strives for ongoing, constant processing of complex scientific relationships with its Doctoral Programme in Dentistry (PhD). If deemed necessary and sensible, these scientific questions are also dealt with in close cooperation with domestic and international universities and non-university research institutions.

The Doctoral Programme in Dentistry (PhD) at DPU serves to further develop and enable independent scientific work and thus the acquisition of expertise by contributing to the development of dental, oral and maxillofacial medicine through independent research.

Based on a professional qualification in dentistry or medicine prior to the doctoral "PhD" programme and any additional master's degree, DPU's doctoral programme pursues the objective of advancing and further qualifying young academics in the field of dental, oral and maxillofacial medicine.

In addition to the highest professional competence, students of this programme also acquire general scientific and communicative skills that are required to successfully pursue a scientific profession in the academic, industrial or public sector.
Graduates of the Doctoral Programme in Dentistry (PhD) have excellent career prospects in dental practices and the dental industry, e.g. in the areas of "Scientific Affairs" or "Clinical Research Management". In particular, graduates of the Doctoral Programme in Dentistry (PhD) are extremely well prepared for a university career (habilitation).

Structure and curriculum of the doctoral programme

The Doctoral Programme in Dentistry (PhD) is a regular three-year doctoral programme with a total of 180 ECTS credits. It consists of a study period of six semesters. In principle, these should be completed consecutively. The programme is divided into education (lectures) and productive research (dissertation). The students are consequently engaged in practical research, and are instructed and supported accordingly.

PhD students initially attend basic seminars, such as scientific documentation, basics of biostatistics or scientific publishing. This is followed by seminars in the core and elective subjects of "CAD/CAM and Digital Technologies in Dentistry" or "Natural and Cultural History of Man at the Interface with Medicine". In addition, the PhD students perform independent research, mainly in the fields of "CAD/CAM and Digital Technologies in Dentistry" or "Natural and Cultural History of Man at the Interface with Medicine".

The field of "CAD/CAM and Digital Technologies in Dentistry", for example, is a future market in all sub-fields of dentistry with major demand for high-quality basic and clinical applied research.
Within the framework of the curriculum, students deal intensively with ethical and methodological principles (module 1), natural science principles (module 2), their scientific principles (module 3), and either digital technologies in dentistry or natural and cultural human history (module 4, 5 and 6).

A detailed study programme (lectures, seminars, etc.) is provided within the framework of the project application.