GENERAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS FOR THE DOCTORAL PROGRAMME IN DENTISTRY (PhD)

1. ADMISSION, REQUIREMENTS, APPLICATION PROCEDURE

The general admission requirements for the Doctoral Programme in Dentistry (PhD) are:

(1) Proof of completion of a relevant degree programme at a recognised domestic or international (EU or ENIC-NARIC equivalent) post-secondary educational institution.

(2) Qualifications in the fields of dentistry or medicine that qualify and entitle students to practice medicine or dentistry independently and without restriction are considered to be relevant.

(3) Additional qualifications may be taken into account when allocating study places. This includes achievements and work (e.g. theses, publications, book contributions, dissertations, patents and completed advanced training and further education) that are related to the desired field of study. However, such achievements are only admissible for the programme in accordance with §3 (2) of the exam regulations for the Doctoral Programme in Dentistry (PhD) at Danube Private University.

(4) In addition, applicants must be fluent in German and English (native speaker or Level 2 (B2)) both spoken and written.

(5) DPU will appoint a dissertation committee for the Doctoral Programme in Dentistry (PhD). It will consist of three members. One member is to be appointed from the University Board (project funding). The second member is the director of the academic programme. The third member is to be chosen by the Rector from the group of internal university professors. The decisions of the committee are made by consensus (unanimously).

(6) Prospective candidates for the Doctoral Programme in Dentistry (PhD) at DPU should apply for admission by submitting a written application, a personal CV and proof of qualification to the Rectorate of DPU.

(7) Prospective candidates for the Doctoral Programme in Dentistry (PhD) at DPU can apply to the Rectorate for (1) a specific topic, (2) a specific university professor with authorisation to teach (venia docendi) or (3) their own academic project/topic. When applying with their own academic project/topic, the application should include a comprehensive literature overview and research strategy.

(8) The Rectorate checks the submitted documents for compliance with the formal admission criteria and forwards the application documents to the director of the academic programme. Then the documents are forwarded to a suitable supervisor. In consultation with the director of the academic programme, the supervisor decides on the professional qualification of the applicant and whether the application is accepted or rejected. This decision takes place within 8 weeks. If the application is accepted, the Rector convenes the dissertation committee.

(9) Candidates whose applications have been accepted will be invited for an application interview by the Rectorate. The application interview is conducted by the dissertation committee. The aim of the interview is to determine the personal and academic qualification of a candidate for admission to the Doctoral Programme in Dentistry (PhD). The decision is made unanimously. The Rectorate will notify the candidate of its decision in writing within 4 weeks.

(10) Successful candidates will prepare a project application for the planned dissertation, together with their supervisors, within a maximum of 6 months from the successfully concluded interview. The application must state:

  • the preliminary topic
  • the academic issue and problem
  • research materials and methods
  • whether an ethics committee vote is required
  • scheduling of the research work, including interim reports and the drafting of the dissertation
  • Cost framework and type of funding (own funding/third-party funding/grants/external funding)

(11) The candidate pays an application fee of EUR 7,500 for this phase of the project development.

(12) The project application is submitted to the dissertation committee for review. A decision is made within 6 weeks of submission. If the dissertation committee rejects the submission, it can be revised and re-submitted within 6 weeks of the rejection. Within a further 6 weeks of receipt of the revised project application, the dissertation committee must decide whether to accept it or not. If they reject the revision, the project application is deemed to be definitively rejected. All rejections must be justified. The Rectorate will notify the candidate of its decision in writing within 4 weeks.

(13) If a project application is definitively rejected, the candidate is free to reapply with another dissertation topic. The application procedure then begins again.

(14) The acceptance of a project application by the dissertation committee justifies the conclusion of the supervision agreement and admission to the doctoral programme.

2. TUITION FEES AND PAYMENT

Tuition fees are charged for doctoral programmes at DPU; these are currently exempt from value added tax. Travel, subsistence and accommodation costs are not included in the tuition fees. The tuition fees for the first year of study must be paid as soon as the "letter of acceptance" is received by the candidate. Only after receipt of this payment shall the candidate's university place be guaranteed.

In justified exceptional cases, a written request to pay the tuition fees in instalments (preferably instalments by semester) may be submitted. If the right to pay in instalments is granted, the student must sign a binding instalment plan for the higher overall tuition fees with a precise timing of the due dates of the respective instalments. There is no entitlement to payment by instalments.

In the event of late payment, default interest in the amount of 5 percent p.a. applies as agreed. The student will also be charged any reminder fees. Participation in a doctoral programme without paying the tuition fees or, if agreed, the instalments, is excluded without exception. Admission to the Rigorosum exam and the conferral of a doctoral degree are only possible if the agreed tuition fees have been paid in full. Tuition fees must be paid by bank transfer to DPU's account (the account number is stated on the invoice form enclosed with the letter of acceptance). Any bank charges incurred for the transfer shall be borne by the candidate.

3. TERMINATION OF CONTRACT

Terminations must be in writing without exception. In the event of termination before receiving a letter of acceptance, the application fee will be retained. In the event of termination after receiving the letter of acceptance or in the event of withdrawal from the concluded contract, which is only possible up to 4 weeks before the start of the course, DPU shall charge or retain one year of tuition fees as a cancellation fee. Terminations received after this date will result in a cancellation fee equal to 100 percent of the overall tuition fees.

4. POSTPONEMENT OF COURSES, CHANGES TO THE CURRICULA

The right to postpone courses, amend programmes or change teaching staff is reserved and does not entitle a student to withdraw from the contract, pay decreased tuition fees or claim damages.

5. DEGREE

The current provisions of the exam regulations for the Doctoral Programme in Dentistry (PhD) apply.

6. LIABILITY

DPU is only liable for damages resulting from wilful or grossly negligent behaviour by DPU employees. Liability for slight negligence, compensation for consequential and pecuniary losses from lost profit and damages from claims by third parties against students are excluded.

7. INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

Any work created independently by the student as part of the doctoral programme shall remain the intellectual property of the student. The student grants DPU the right to use the work, free of charge and without temporal or geographical restriction, for all types of use including processing and the right to use the work in online networks, particularly the internet. The use of the work by the student themselves is not restricted by this.

In order to protect the intellectual property of third parties, by signing the application for enrolment, the student grants DPU the right to use appropriate electronic monitoring measures to check that the student's written (final) thesis complies with the rules and principles of good scientific practice, and does not contain the unauthorised use of third-party intellectual property.

8. COPYRIGHT

The documents provided as part of the doctoral programme are and remain the intellectual property of DPU or the respective author (e.g. lecturer) or the beneficiary, and may only be used by those persons who have participated in the course; any disclosure to third parties is not permitted. Unless explicitly stated in the course documents, any further use depends on the express written consent of DPU, the author or the beneficiary.

9. CHANGE OF PERSONAL DETAILS

Changes to the name, address or billing address of the student must be immediately reported in writing to DPU. If there is no notification of such changes, documents (e.g. lecture notes, CDs with coursework papers, exams, etc.) are deemed to have been received if they were sent to the last known address or billing address for the student.

10. PLACE OF PERFORMANCE

The dates and locations of individual courses shall be announced at the start of the respective course or eight weeks before the start of the semester.

11. PLACE OF JURISDICTION

For any legal disputes relating to participation in a university course, the relevant court in Krems and the application of Austrian law are deemed to have been agreed.

12. VALIDITY

These terms and conditions apply until further notice.

Krems, April 2017