General Terms and Conditions Doctoral Programme in Dental Medicine (PhD)


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

(1) The successful completion of a relevant degree programme at a recognized Austrian or foreign postsecondary educational institution.

(2) Relevant degrees are those in the subjects of dentistry or medicine that qualify and permit the holder to practice medicine or dental medicine independently and without restriction.

(3) Additional qualifications may also be taken into consideration when awarding study places. These include achievements and work (e.g. theses, publications, book contributions, dissertations, patents and other completed advanced training and continuing education) that are related to the desired field of study. Such achievements are however only admissible for the programme in accordance with section 3 (2) of the Examination Regulations of the Doctoral Programme in Dental Medicine (PhD) of the Danube Private University.

(4) In addition, candidates must be fluent in written and spoken  English (native speaker or level B2.2). During the study in english language, the candidates have to learn german language (level B2.2).

(5) The DPU will appoint a Dissertation Committee for the Doctoral Programme in Dental Medicine (PhD). It will consist of three members. One of the members should be from the University Board (project funding). The second member should be the director of the academic programme. The third member should be appointed by the Rector from the group of internal university professors. The decisions of the committee are taken by consensus (unanimously).

(6) Prospective candidates for the Doctoral Programme in Dental Medicine (PhD) of the Danube Private University should apply for admission by sending a written application with their curriculum vitae and qualifications certificates to the Rectorate of the DPU.

(7) Prospective candidates for the Doctoral Programme in Dental Medicine (PhD) of the Danube Private University may apply to the Rectorate for (1) a topic, (2) a specific university professor with authorization to teach (venia docendi) or (3) an own academic project/topic. Applications with an own academic project/topic should include a comprehensive literature list and research strategy.

(8) The Rectorate will check compliance with the formal admission criteria based on the submitted documents and forward the application documents to the director of the academic programme, who will pass them on to a suitable supervisor. The supervisor and director of the academic programme will decide on the qualification of the applicant and whether the application is accepted or rejected within eight weeks. If the application is accepted, the Rector will appoint the Dissertation Committee.

(9) Prospective candidates, whose applications have been accepted, will be invited for an interview by the Rectorate. The interview will be conducted by the Dissertation Committee. The aim of the interview is to determine the personal and academic qualification of a prospective candidate for admission to the Doctoral Programme in Dental Medicine (PhD) of the DPU. The decision is taken unanimously. The Rectorate will notify the applicant of its decision in writing within four weeks.

(10) Successful applicants will prepare a project application for the planned dissertation with their supervisors  within a period of max. six months from the successfully concluded interview. The application must state:

  • the preliminary topic
  • the academic issue and problem
  • the research materials and methods
  • the requirement of an Ethics Commission vote (if necessary)
  • the timing of the research, including interim reports and the preparation of the dissertation
  • ​the cost framework and type of funding (own funding/third party funding/grants/external funding)

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

(12) The project application will be submitted to the Dissertation Committee for review. A decision will be made within six weeks of the submission date. If the Dissertation Committee rejects the application, the candidate may revise it and re-submit it to the committee within six weeks. The Dissertation Committee then has a further six weeks from the submission date of the revised project application to decide whether it is accepted or not. If the revised application is again rejected, the project application will be deem definitively rejected. The grounds for any rejections should be stated. The Rectorate will notify the applicant of its decision in writing within four weeks.

(13) If a project application is rejected definitively, the prospective candidate is free to apply with another dissertation topic. The application process will then start again from the beginning.

(14) The acceptance of the project application by the Dissertation Committee warrants the conclusion of the supervisor agreement and admission to the doctoral programme.


Tuition fees are charged for all doctoral programmes offered by the Danube Private University (DPU); these are currently exempted from value-added tax. Travel, accommodation and subsistence costs are not covered by the  tuition fees.

The tuition fees for the first year of study should be paid as soon as the “letter of acceptance” is received by the applicant. Only after the receipt of this payment shall the doctoral candidate’s place at the university be  guaranteed.

In duly substantiated, exceptional cases, a written request may be submitted to pay the tuition fees in instalments (preferably instalments by semester). If the right to pay tuition fees in instalments is granted, the student must sign a binding payment plan, in agreement of higher overall tuition fees, and stating precisely the amount and due date for the payment of the respective instalments. There is no entitlement to payment by instalments.

In cases where a default of payment occurs, an interest rate of 5% per year on arrears is agreed. Furthermore, the participant shall also be charged any applicable reminder fees. Participation in a doctoral programme without the payment of tuition fees or instalments thereof, where agreed, is hereby excluded without exception. Admission to the dissertation defence and the conferral of a doctorate is only possible if the agreed tuition fees have been paid in full. The payment of the tuition fees shall occur by bank transfer to the account of the Danube Private University (DPU) (the account number is stated on the invoice form that is enclosed with the letter of acceptance). Any applicable bank charges that are incurred with the transfer shall be borne by the participant.


Any termination of the contract must be in writing to be effective. If a candidate withdraws from the contract before receiving their letter of acceptance, the registration fee shall not be refunded. If a candidate cancels after receiving the letter of acceptance or withdraws from the concluded contract, which may only occur up to four (4) weeks before the start of the course, the Danube Private University (DPU) shall retain one year’s tuition fees as a cancellation fee. In cases where a cancellation occurs after this period, a cancellation fee equal to 100 percent of the overall tuition fees shall be charged.


The Danube Private University (DPU) additionally reserves the right to postpone its courses, amend its programmes and change its faculty members; all of which shall neither entitle the participant to withdraw from the contract, nor reduce the payable tuition fees, nor claim damages.


The provisions of the Examination Regulations for the Doctoral Programme in Dental Medicine (PhD) apply as amended.


The Danube Private University (DPU) – PUSH GmbH (Postgraduate University Studies for Medical Professions) can only be made liable for damages resulting from intentional or grossly negligent behaviour on the part of employees of the Danube Private University (DPU). Any liability in cases of slight negligence; compensation for consequential or financial losses with regard to lost profits; or damages arising from third party claims against students are hereby excluded.


Any work, or results thereof, created independently by the participant as part of the doctoral programme shall remain the intellectual property of the participant. The participant grants the Danube Private University (DPU) the right to use the work, or results thereof, free of charge, and without any temporal or geographical restrictions, for all forms of use, including processing, and use on online networks, particularly the Internet. The use of the work by the participant themself is thereby not restricted.

In the interest of protecting the intellectual property rights of third parties, the participant, by signing the “Enrolment Application”, grants the DPU the right to use the appropriate electronic monitoring measures to ensure that the written (final) theses of the students are in accordance with the rules and principles of good scientific and academic practice, and do not contain the unauthorized use of any intellectual property from third parties.  


Any course materials provided within the framework of the doctoral programme remain the intellectual property of the Danube Private University (DPU), or respectively, the author (e.g. lecturer) or other entitled person in question, and may only be used by those persons who have participated in the course; any disclosure to third parties is hereby prohibited. Insofar as this is not explicitly stated on course materials, any further use of these materials may only occur with the express written permission of the Danube Private University (DPU), author or other person entitled to the protection of their intellectual property rights.


Students shall ensure that the Danube Private University (DPU) is notified as soon as possible of any changes in the name, address and billing address of the student. If the student fails to notify the university of such changes, any documents (e.g. scripts, CDs with coursework papers, examination questions, etc.) shall be considered as delivered to the student if they have been sent to the last known address or billing address held for the student in question.


The time and venue of individual courses shall be announced at the start of the course of study or eight (8) weeks before the start of the semester.


All legal disputes arising in connection with participation in a university course offered by the Danube Private University shall be governed by and construed in all respects in accordance with the laws of Austria, and the parties agree to submit to the jurisdiction of the responsible court of Krems.


These General Terms and Conditions shall apply until further notice.

Krems, April 2017