Doctoral Programme in Dental Medicine (PhD)

1)Doctoral Programme – High-Level Academic Qualification

In accordance with the decision issued by the Agency for Quality Assurance and Accreditation Austria – AQ Austria (AQ Agentur für Qualitätssicherung und Akkreditierung Austria) and the Austrian Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy (Bundesministerium für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Wirtschaft) on 12 July 2017, the Danube Private University has been granted the accreditation to offer a sixsemester scientific doctoral programme (PhD) in dental medicine (180 ECTS) and the right of habilitation as a private lecturer.

The DPU, with roughly 630 students enrolled in its undergraduate Diploma Programme in Dental Medicine (Dr. med. dent.), 343 young dentists who have graduated from the Dr. med. dent. programme and over 1,100 licensed dentists from about 40 countries enrolled in its postgraduate Master of Science (MSc) specialization programmes (Oral Surgery/Implantology, Orthodontics, etc.) is a private university in the true sense. The wording of the AQ Austria accreditation statement declares: “The DPU receives no public funding and is financed through its tuition fees. The university describes its attractiveness for students as the corresponding basis for its existence.”

Within the framework of the comprehensive accreditation procedure for the DPU application performed by AQ Austria, the review board assessed a total of 30 criteria on the course of study, study management, academic staff, quality assurance, funding and infrastructure, research and development, and national and international cooperation, and concluded that the DPU fulfilled all of the required criteria.

In the “Summary and Final Assessment” on the accreditation procedure, the experts of the AQ Austria review board state: “The central requirements for a doctoral programme, as well as a positive research environment are excellently fulfilled by the available technical resources and the many existing and ongoing research topics. The same applies for the qualification of the supervising staff, the majority of which already possess extensive experience in the management of research projects and supervision of doctoral candidates from earlier positions at German and Dutch universities. This is reflected in the many, for the most part, high-level publications.”

“All in all, it can be stated that the infrastructure and staff of the DPU are very well suited for the successful provision of a doctoral programme at the DPU,” states AQ Austria. The conclusion of AQ Austria states: “The overall assessment of the DPU's accreditation application for a doctoral programme in dental medicine should be considered as innovative and ground-breaking.”

The accreditation of the doctoral programme has the implicit consequence that the DPU fulfils all the requirements for the right to habilitation. “In this respect, the habilitation regulations also come into effect with the accreditation of the doctoral programme,” states AQ Austria.

2)Principles of the Doctoral Programme

Doctoral programmes (PhD studies) are a central and indispensable component of university science. The students of a doctoral programme, young researchers in their area of specialization, develop new knowledge and make a major contribution to the scientific development of their field. Accordingly, a doctoral programme is the core of their independent research, and presented as a dissertation and defended at the end of their studies.

3) Qualification Objectives of the Doctoral Programme

The Danube Private University (DPU) strives for an ongoing and constant treatment of complex scientific contexts with its Doctoral Programme in Dental Medicine (PhD). When deemed necessary and sensible, such scientific questions are also treated in close cooperation with Austrian and foreign university and non-university research institutions.

The Doctoral Programme in Dental Medicine (PhD) at the Danube Private University serves to develop and enable independent scientific work, and thus the acquisition of expertise by contributing to the development of dental and oral medicine through independent research.

Building on their prior professional qualifications through studies in dentistry or medicine and possible additional Master’s degrees, the Doctoral Programme of the Danube Private University aims to develop and qualify the younger generation of academia in the field of dental and oral medicine.

In addition to the highest levels of expertise in their field, students of this programme also acquire those scientific and communicative skills that are required in order to successfully practice a scientific profession in the academic, industrial or public sector.

Graduates of the Doctoral Programme in Dental Medicine (PhD) have excellent career prospects in dental practices and the dental industry, e.g. “Scientific Affairs” or “Clinical Research Management”. Graduates of the Doctoral Programme in Dental Medicine (PhD) are in particular also excellently prepared for a university career (habilitation).

4)Structure and Design of the Doctoral Programme

The Doctoral Programme in Dental Medicine (PhD) is a regular three-year doctoral programme with a total of 180 ECTS credits. It consists of a study period of six semesters. These should generally be completed consecutively. The programme is divided into education (lectures and seminars) and productive research activity (dissertation). The students are therefore active in practical research, and guided and supported accordingly.

Doctoral candidates initially attend basic seminars, e.g. scientific documentation, principles 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 Human History at the Interface with Medicine”. In addition the doctoral candidates also perform independent research mainly in the fields of “CAD/CAM and Digital Technologies in Dentistry” or “Natural and Cultural Human History at the Interface with Medicine”.

The field of CAD/CAM and Digital Technologies in Dentistry, for example, is thereby a future market in all sub-fields of dentistry, with major demand for high-quality theoretical and clinical applied research.

Within the framework of the curriculum, students deal extensively with ethical and methodical 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 (Modules 4, 5 and 6).

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

5)Admission Requirements and Procedure for the Doctoral Programme

The successful completion of a relevant degree programme (dentistry or medicine) at a recognized Austrian or foreign post-secondary educational institution, that qualifies and licences the holder of the degree to practice medicine or dental medicine independently and without restriction. Additional qualifications (e.g. theses, publications, book contributions, dissertations, patents and other completed advanced training and continuing education, which are related to the desired field of study) may also be taken into consideration when awarding study places.

During the study in english language, the candidates have to learn german language (level B2.2).

Step 1: Submission of the written application (Application form to assess the fulfilment of requirements for enrolment to the Doctoral Programme in Dental Medicine (PhD)), curriculum vitae, qualifications certificates and statement of the desired dissertation topic and/or supervisors to the DPU

Step 2: Checking of the application documents by the DPU

Step 3: Personal interview with a representative of the Dissertation Committee at the DPU. Following a positive outcome of the interview, the conclusion of an agreement on the preparation phase for the project application and the payment of the application fee

Step 4: Preparation of the project application for the planned dissertation with the support of a chosen supervisor from the DPU, including the definition of the cost framework and type of funding (own funding/third party

funding/grants/external funding) (the period for the application procedure is max. six months)

Once you have reached Step 4 you will be provided with the following documents:

  • Lecture/Seminar Overview – Study Schedule
  • Examination Regulations
  • Research Definition – Schedule
  • Supervision Concept

Step 5: Decision of the Dissertation Committee on the approval of the project application. Following a positive decision, the candidate will be admitted to the Doctoral Programme in Dental Medicine (PhD)

Step 6: Conclusion of a supervision agreement to accept a doctorate candidate into the Doctoral Programme in Dental Medicine (PhD) and the payment of the tuition fee for the first year of study

The tuition fees amount to general tuition fees for the dentistry degree programme of EUR 13,000 per semester.

The application fee for the admission procedure is a lump sum of EUR 7,500. It is payable in Step 3 (see above), also if the prospective candidate is not accepted for the doctoral programme.

Any interested candidates should submit the completed Application form to assess the fulfilment of requirements for enrolment to the Doctoral Programme in Dental Medicine (PhD) and the above mentioned documents to:



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