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 seeks to continuously tackle complex scientific questions with its Doctoral Programme in Dentistry (PhD). Where 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.

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 attend basic seminars such as An Introduction to PhD Studies, Scientific Work, Statistics/Biostatistics, University Didactics and Scientific Writing. In the module “An Introduction to PhD Studies”, for example, students learn the necessary basics for drafting and budgeting project applications. In the module “Medical Science in a Social Context”, the ethical aspects of research involving experiments on animals, clinical research and research in dental and medical practice are looked at among other things. After students have learned the basics of scientific work and statistics/biostatistics, they learn and practice how to present scientific data in the module University Didactics. In the sixth module the focus is on scientific writing. In addition, the PhD students perform independent research, supervised by our professors.

A detailed study programme is provided on application.