Slovenia University of Maribor


Link of postgraduate study Biomedical Technology:


In the last decades medical science has experienced stunning advancement, visible in many fields medicine is being intertwined with. Unavoidable intertwinement of medicine and other natural and humanistic science branches has resulted in technological advancement, which could be mastered only by the professionals with interdisciplinary knowledge. Important part of the particularly fast advancement in the field of interdisciplinary knowledge linked with medicine is happening in the field of technical knowledge. Usage of new materials, up-to date information technology, development of electronics, robotics, opto-electronics – are all fields which are accompanying modern medicine. Biomedical technology in Slovenia is a new postgraduate program, which interdisciplinary connect natural-technical science with medicine. There was no this kind of postgraduate study program in Slovenia before. Program, presented in this brochure, tries to link interdisciplinary technical science with medical knowledge on postgraduate level.

University of Maribor formed and advertised postgraduate study program »Biomedical Technology« after positive references of the Council for High Education of the Republic of Slovenia (Decision No 4, Session on 15th April 2005) and all other necessary procedures. In the academic year 2005/2006, first students were enrolled.

Basic goals of the postgraduate - doctoral study of Biomedical

Technology Doctoral study goals:

  • to educate professionals who will be able to use and develop research methodology independently in the chosen interdisciplinary field;

  • to enable highly educated professionals to perform interdisciplinary research and development in the different modern medicine and technical fields;

  • education of professionals who will be able to raise their pedagogical knowledge to the more advanced - university level.

Goal of Biomedical Technology doctoral study program is to deepen researching knowledge about new biomaterials, usage of the up-to-date information technologies, electronics, robotics, etc, as well as development of the modern technology accompanying fields. Apart from theoretical themes, lectures, seminars and laboratory work, syllabus also demands fundamental, applicative and developmental researching project tasks.

After accomplishing doctoral study, candidates will be competent to carry out independent research and acquire new scientific recognitions, to develop new diagnostic and treatment methods in depth, and will be qualified for faster application of diagnostic and treatment methods from abroad. Candidates will also be able to conduct research clinical work, as well as applicative and fundamental research work in depth.

Throughout Biomedical Technology program we will strive to:

  • educate students in the field of biomedical technology

  • to enable basic and applicative research and clinical study within wide range of

  • biomedical technology, for example in health care, virtual medicine, telemedicine

  • public health and measurement procedures, analysis of bioelectrical signals

  • gerontotechnology, robotics, computing, modelling and analysis of the images

  • biomaterials in medicine, etc.

International comparability of the program and international cooperation of the Faculty of Medicine University of Maribor

Postgraduate study program Biomedical Technology is comparable with postgraduate study programs at the following foreign faculties and universities:

  1. Doctoral Study of Medical Sciences, Medical University, Leopold-Franzens-Universität Innsbruck, Austria;

  2. Health Technology, Medical Faculty University of Oulu, Finland;

  3. Biomedicine, Medical Faculty University of Copenhagen, Denmark;

  4. Postgraduate Program Medical Faculty, Karolin Institute, Stockholm, Sweden;

  5. Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Medical Faculty, Harvard University, USA.

Cooperation with other high and research institutions is being performed within the research task framework, and carriers of the postgraduate study subjects.

Curriculum, carriers and program credit evaluation

Biomedical Technology lasts 6 semesters (3 years). Study obligations of the whole programme are entirely in conformity with the Law and Measures of the Council of the Republic of Slovenia for Higher Education (ZViS, 36. in 37. Article). Study program is evaluated by ECTS – European Credit Transfer System. Thus the program can be directly included in the international student exchange programme with the countries also applying ECTS.

1st year:

Obligatory subjects:

Biomedical Informatics                             10 ECTS credits

Seminar                                                      5 ECTS credits

Individual research work – IRW                15 ECTS credits

                                                        =        30 ECTS credits

Six  basic subjects, of which students can chooses three, and gain

                                                           3 x 10 = 30 ECTS credits

2nd year: 

Candidate gains 15 ECTS credits (3 x 5) for three Optional subjects, with IRW that is 45 ECTS credits.

3rd year:

Candidate gains 60 ECTS credits with IRW, required for doctoral dissertation.

Credit evaluation of the program

Complete study program is evaluated according to ECTS. Study year is valid 60 ECTS credits, i.e. semester is valid 30 ECTS credits. There are three obligatory subjects valid 5, 10 and 15 ECTS credits. Each obligatory subject, with hours and ECTS credits. There are six basic subjects, of which students chose three. At the moment, there are 78 optional subjects, of which students choose three. Each subject is valid five ECTS credits. Syllabus will be implemented if there are at least five applied students, otherwise it will be carried out individually. Individual research work in the first study year is valid 15 ECTS credits, in the second year 45, and in the third year 60 ECTS credits.

Admission requirements

Admission requirements are accordant to the valid Law of High Education Act. Third degree Biomedical Technology study programme is available to the candidates who have accomplished:

  • Second degree study program of biomedicine and affiliated fields;

  • University study program of biomedicine and affiliated fields, accepted before 11th June 2004;

  • High school professional programme, accepted before 11th June 2004, and foundation study program in biomedicine and affiliated fields. Before enrolment, these candidates have to complete assignments awarded 60 ECTS credits;

  • Vocational study programme, defined by EU directives, if it is allocated 300 ECTS credits (e.g.: study of medicine, dentistry, veterinary, and renewed five-year pharmacy study program), or other master degree program allocated 300 ECTS credits;

  • Graduates from home and foreign universities have to follow the defined prerequisites and requisites prescribed for Slovenian students. Equivalence of the previously acquired education has to be in accordance with the Statute of the University of Maribor.

Candidates will be chosen according to the following criteria:

  • average study grades (15%)

  • diploma or master work grade (5%)

  • grade in elective (80%), consisting of the examination in medical, science and technical field. Candidate can compensate 40% of the examination grade for the grade on the previous scientific and professional work in the field of study programme.

Main criteria for scientific work are publications:

  • scientific monograph

  • independent scientific article in the monograph,

  • original scientific articles in the journals with index factor (JCR), or in the journals indexed in the data bases SCI, SSCI or A&HCI.

Main criteria for professional work are:

  • professional monograph or reviewing,

  • independent professional article in the monograph,

  • publicised professional contributions on the conferences,

  • professional articles and/or reviews of the same,

  • editorial of monograph or journal,

  • other forms of documented professional activities.

Study programme promotion prerequisites

Conditions for promotion into 2nd year are met when ALL study obligations from 1st year in the value of at least 45 ECTS credits are collected, and following first year obligatory syllabus accomplished:

  • Biomedical Informatics,

  • Seminar I, and

  • Individual research work - IRW.

Condition for promotion into 3rd year is met when ALL study obligations from 1st and 2nd year, valid 120 ECTS credits, are fulfilled. Enrolment into the third study year is also a dead line for students to submit application for evaluation of the chosen theme for doctoral work, as well as mentor's approval.

Last study year is reserved for Individual Research Work – IRW, oriented to preparation of doctoral thesis (60 ECTS credits). Written doctoral work and its defending are prerequisites for finalisation of the study, as well as accomplishment of all the other obligations, collecting at least 180 ECTS credits. An article from the field of the doctorate, published in the SCI indexed review, or SSCI with the IF quotation, has to be submitted. An article which results from the doctoral thesis must be published after the enrolment to postgraduate study Biomedical Technology. Doctoral thesis has to be defended in front of the commission.

Obtaining of the scientific title

After doctoral postgraduate study programme has been successfully accomplished, a candidate is given the title Doctor of Science in Biomedical Technology.

10 most important articles of PhD students of the Faculty of Medicine University of Maribor

Impact factor


JOSTINS, Luke, MITROVIČ, Mitja, POTOČNIK, Uroš. Host-microbe interactions have shaped the genetic architecture of inflammatorybowel disease. Nature (Lond.), 2012, vol. 491, no. 7422, str. 119-124, doi: 10.1038/nature11582. [COBISS.SI-ID 512230968]




MRC Asymptomatic Carotid Surgery Trial (ACST) Collaborative Group, FLIS, Vojko, MIKSIĆ, Kazimir, ŠTIRN, Barbara, TETIČKOVIČ, Erih. Prevention of disabling and fatal strokes by successful carotid endarterectomy in patients without recent neurological symptoms: randomised controlled trial. Lancet (Br. ed.). [Print ed.], 2004, vol. 363, no. 9420, str. 1491-1502. [COBISS.SI-ID 1515071]




PAULMANN, Nils, GROHMANN, Maik, VOIGT, Jörg-Peter, BERT, Bettina, VOWINCKEL, Jakob, BADER, Michael, SKELIN, Maša, JEVŠEK, Marko, FINK, Heidrun, RUPNIK, Marjan, WALTHER, Diego J. Intracellular serotonin modulates insulin secretion from pancreatic ß-cells by protein serotonylation. PLoS biol., oct. 2009, vol. 7, iss. 10, str. [1-10], e1000229., doi: 10.1371/journal.pbio.1000229. [COBISS.SI-ID 63941377]




EKART, Robert, HOJS, Radovan, KANIČ, Vojko, PEČOVNIK-BALON, Breda, DVORŠAK, Benjamin. Different methods blood pressure measurements and cardiovascular mortality in hemodialysis patients. J Hypertens, Jun. 2008, vol. 26, suppl. 1, str. S484. [COBISS.SI-ID 2989375]



1.12 Published scientific conference contribution abstract

EKART, Robert, HOJS, Radovan, KANIČ, Vojko, PEČOVNIK-BALON, Breda, BEVC, Sebastjan. Blood pressure measurements and carotid intima media thickness in hemodialysis patients. J Hypertens, Jun. 2008, vol. 26, suppl. 1, str. S495-S496. [COBISS.SI-ID 2989631]



1.12 Published scientific conference contribution abstract

LOPERT, Anton, RIJAVEC, Matija, ŽAVBI, Mateja, KOROŠEC, Peter, FLEŽAR, Matjaž. Asthma treatment outcome in adults is associated with rs9910408 in TBX21. Scientific reports, ISSN 2045-2322, 2013, 3, str. 1-6, ilustr., doi: 10.1038/srep02915. [COBISS.SI-ID 37168133]




CHINGWARU, Walter, MAJINDA, Runner T., YEBOAH, Sam O., JACKSON, Jose C., KAPEWANGOLO, Petrina T., KANDAWA-SHULZ, M., CENCIČ, Avrelija. Tylosema esculentum (Marama) tuber and bean extracts are strong antiviral agents against rotavirus infection. Evidence-based complementary and alternative medicine, v tisku, doi: 10.1155/2011/284795. [COBISS.SI-ID 3094572]




LAH, Katja, KRIŽMARIĆ, Miljenko, GRMEC, Štefek. The dynamic pattern of end-tidal carbon dioxide during cardiopulmonary resuscitation - difference between asphyxial cardiac arrest and ventricular fibrillation/pulseless ventricular tachycardia cardiac arrest. Crit. care (Lond., Online), 2011, vol. 15, no. 1, str. R13 [1-14]., doi: 10.1186/cc9417. [COBISS.SI-ID 3825215]




PROSEN, Gregor, KLEMEN, Petra, STRNAD, Matej, GRMEC, Štefek. Combination of lung ultrasound (a comet-tail sign) and N-terminal pro-brain natriuretic peptide in differentiating acute heart failure from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and asthma as cause of acute dyspnea in prehospital emergency setting. Critical care, ISSN 1466-609X, 2011, vol. 15, no. 2, str. R114., doi: 10.1186/cc10140. [COBISS.SI-ID 3911231] IF(2011)=4.607




KLEMENC-KETIŠ, Zalika, KERSNIK, Janko, GRMEC, Štefek. The effect of carbon dioxide on near-death experiences in out-of-hospital cardiac arrest survivors: a prospective observational study. Crit. care (Lond., Online), 2010, vol. 14, no. 2, str. R56 [1-7].




Graduate School of Health Sciences of Dokuz Eylul University


Dokuz Eylul University Graduate School of Health Sciences was founded in 1982 to coordinate master’s and PhD education programmes in various fields related to medicine and health sciences.

Director of Graduate School of Health Sciences: Prof. Cetin Pekcetin, VMD, PhD

Vice Director of Graduate School of Health Sciences: Assoc. Prof. Meral Karaman, MD, PhD

Vice Director of Graduate School of Health Sciences: Assoc. Prof. Ilkay Y. Aksu, MD, PhD

Executive Committee of Graduate School of Health Sciences:

Prof. Cetin Pekcetin, VMD, PhD (, Assoc. Prof. Meral Karaman, MD, PhD (, Assoc. Prof. Ilkay Y. Aksu, MD, PhD (, Prof. Sedef Gidener, MD (, Prof. Nihal Gelecek, PhD, PT (, Prof. Seyda Seren Intepeler, PhD (

Graduate School of Health Sciences owns 60 academical and 20 administrative staff. It coordinates a total number of 87 (55 master’s degree and 32 PhD) programmes in 29 departments. It has 11 multidisciplinary departments which are Department of Biomechanics, Department of Laboratory Animal Science, Department of Molecular Medicine, Department of Medical Physics, Department of Neurosciences, Department of Sleep and States of Consciousness, Department of Translational Medicine, Department of Medical Informatics, Department of Perfusion Techniques, Department of Quality Improvement and Accreditation in Health Care, Department of Radiopharmaceutical Sciences.

Graduate School of Health Sciences of Dokuz Eylul University has a total number of 810 (531 master’s degree, 279 PhD) students in 87 programmes in the spring semester of 2016-2017.

Dokuz Eylül University Graduate School of Health Sciences was awarded ORPHEUS label in 2015.


Supervisor: The supervisor is assigned at the beginning of the first semester in order to guide the student enrolled in the graduate school in her/his courses and thesis processes.

Thesis (supervisory) Committee: A Thesis (supervisory) Committee is formed for the student latest at the beginning of the second semester.

PhD student defends her or his thesis proposal which includes the aim, method and the study plan of the research orally to the Supervisory Committee latest until the end of the second semester.

PHD PROFICIENCY EXAMINATION: PhD students who have completed the required credits, succeeded in the courses and met the following requirements determined by the Executive Board of the Graduate School should take the PhD proficiency exam at the end of the fourth semester at the latest.

The PhD proficiency examination is organized and performed by the PhD Proficiency Committee. The committee is comprised of five permanent members selected by the Executive Board of the Graduate School and upon the recommendation of the chair of the department. The PhD Proficiency Committee forms examination juries comprised of academics working in related fields. The Proficiency Committee applies and evaluates exams in various fields in accordance with the principles determined by the Executive Board of the Graduate School.

Supervisor’s opinion with regards to the student is submitted to the proficiency jury. The proficiency jury should be composed of three or five academicians, one of whom from outside of the Department and one of whom from outside of the University.

In order to enter the PhD proficiency exam, the applicant should:

  • have successfully completed her/his prerequisite courses;

  • submit a CV in ARBIS format (legal format of the THE SCIENTIFIC AND TECHNOLOGICAL RESEARCH COUNCIL OF TURKEY-TÜBİTAK) and a portfolio comprising of the following documents:

    • Letter of submittance of at least one research article/review/case report related to the thesis topic prepared according to a national/international peer-reviewed journal (it may as well be an electronic journal) and at which the applicant is one of the first two names;

    • At least one oral/poster presentation abstract and the presentation text, at a scientific meeting. The Proficiency Examination consists of two sections: written and oral

  • Written section of the exam consists of portfolio presentation, manuscript, documentation of the oral/poster presentation abstract and text and presentation of CV in ARBIS format. In addition to these, questions related to his/her research area will be asked in the written exam.

  • Oral section of the exam consists of presentation and scientific evaluation of the manuscripts. In addition to these, questions related to the field of study will be asked.

THESIS DEFENSE EXAM: The student whose thesis (and articles/patents, etc. related to the thesis) has been accepted by the supervisor applies to the chair of the department to defend his or her PhD thesis. The department chair sends at least eight unbound copies of the thesis to the Graduate School, along with the jury proposal. Articles and other information should be presented in the annexes section of the thesis. The thesis jury is assigned upon the recommendation of the chair of the department and the decision of the Executive Board of the Graduate school. The jury consists of six actual and two substitute members, three of whom from the student’s thesis (supervisory) committee and at least two of whom from outside the University. The second supervisor can not be a jury member. The supervisor can not be the jury chairman. Jury chairman is determined by the jury members at the beginning of the defense. Member(s) who are not in the University during the course of the defense may participate by means of electronic communication if necessary.

Jury members submit their independent, written evaluations to the Graduate School within one month starting from the date on which the thesis is delivered. These evaluations are notified to the student and the student defends her/his PhD thesis after making required (minor) corrections, if any. The Jury meets latest within two months following the delivery of the thesis, and listens the student’s defense. The defense which is open to the audience consists of a presentation and a questions-answers section following the presentation, not any longer than sixty minutes. Location of the PhD defense is determined by the Graduate School and an officer from the Graduate School shall be present as well.

In order to apply for the PhD defense, a total of three research papers related to the thesis or thesis topic, at least two of which are published or accepted to be published in an international peer-reviewed journals, and one of which is prepared as a manuscript (sent to a journal) should be presented. At least two of these papers should be published or sent to be published in the journals indexed in expanded SCI/SSCI (or indexed within the scope of SCI/SSCI). If the journal impact factor of a paper accepted to be published is four or higher, a single paper may be accepted instead of two papers provided that the applicant is the first name. The applicant should be the first name in at least one of the three papers. First name paper requirement is not sought for those whose patent applications related to their projects are at the stage of examination at national/international patent institutions. Above mentioned requirements will apply for the other papers of these students. In addition, for the application to the PhD defense, at least one oral, written or visual presentation related to their thesis at international scientific activities is required.

PhD Training Plan:

1st semester

2nd semester

3rd semester

4th semester

5th semester

6th semester

7th semester

8th semester



Research subjects for thesis I



Research subjects for thesis II


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The objective of the course entitled “RESEARCH SUBJECTS FOR THESIS I”:

Course is executed with the thesis supervisor and aims that the student should state the problems both related directly to her/his thesis and thesis related topics. It also aims that the student should know enough literature related to the topic and prepare a review article which states the meaning and importance of the problem.

The outcomes of the course:

  1. She/He can search literature related to thesis areas.

  2. She/He can synthesize obtained literature.

  3. She/He knows the rules of academic writing.

  4. She/He knows the sections and contents of a scientific article.

  5. She/He can write scientific research and review articles about her/his thesis subject.

The objective of the course entitled “RESEARCH SUBJECTS FOR THESIS II”:

Course is executed with the thesis supervisor and aims that the student should plan a research about her/his thesis or at least one of the subjects related her/his thesis.

The outcomes of the course:

  1. She/ He can follow the literature related to his/her thesis subject.

  2. She / He knows the rules of a proposal related to his/her thesis subject.

  3. She /He can write a proposal related to the thesis subject.

  4. She/ He can prepare a proposal related to the thesis subject for the relevant ethics committee.

  5. She/ He can apply to relevant ethics committee related to her/his thesis / thesis subjects.

Graduate School of Health Sciences owns a peer-reviewed journal entitled “Journal of Basic and Clinical Health Sciences” which publishes scientific articles, review articles and case reports. Dokuz Eylül University Graduate School of Health Sciences has many European Erasmus partners and perform student, teaching staff and administrative staff exchange under the scheme of Erasmus programme.

The following Universities has bilateral agreements with the Graduate School:




































































Doctoral School FBM of the University of Lausanne

Pushing back the frontiers of knowledge

Doctoral School FBM of the University of Lausanne

Following a Masters Degree, many graduates wish to continue their studies in scientific research. The Doctoral School FBM of the UNIL (DS) offers the opportunity to conduct a thesis in one of the laboratories of the Faculty of Biology and Medicine (FBM). This challenging experience will then be awarded with a Doctorate Degree in Life Sciences, Medicine and Sciences, Medicine, Nursing Sciences or Neuroscience.

The chosen field of study may vary (e.g. ecology, biomedicine, computational biology, microbiology, bioethics or clinical studies); however common to each thesis is the chance to participate in an interdisciplinary “living knowledge” project that is fueled with innovative research and advanced continuing education programs.

400 supervisors are affiliated to the DS. They transmit their knowledge and methods to nearly 900 doctoral students on a personalized mentoring level. This enables the students to develop critical and analytical thinking, as well as intellectual rigor. Activities such as designing experiments, writing publications and presenting results during national and international conferences prepares the students to have successful careers in a world that encourages exploration.

Doctoral school graduates evolve to take on careers in different fields such as academic research, industry, international and/or non-governmental organizations, hospitals, museums, scientific journalism, public administration, federal research institutes, bioinformatics or environmental protection (just to name a few).

The mission of the FBM Doctoral School is above all to train scientists who will be able to push back the frontiers of knowledge and to use this strength at the service of human health and life in all its forms.

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Faculty of Medicine of University of Coimbra, Portugal

PhD Program in Health Sciences

Our PhD has two main branches: Medicine (for physicians) and Biomedical Sciences (for biologist, biochemists, pharmacists, engineers, etc.).

The PhD Program is structured in a 1st curricular year, that includes mandatory courses in: "Research Methods and Techniques", "Clinical Investigation", "Biostatistics", "Molecular Mechanisms of Disease" and "PhD Project", and optional courses (among which students have to attend 4), on different subjects such as "Cardiovascular Sciences", "Vision Sciences", "Neurosciences", "Oncobiology and Cancer", "From Genotypes to Phenotypes", "Animal Models of Disease", "Epidemiology", "Pharmacogenomics", "Hereditary Cancer", etc; after this curricular part, the students have 3 years to develop the thesis work.

All the information concerning the PhD Program is available on

Doctoral Training in University of Bergen

Established in 1946, the University of Bergen (UiB) is a relatively young, modern university. Academic diversity and high quality is considered to be fundamental at UiB, and the academic landscape is characterized by great variety and breadth. The university is divided into seven faculties which cover most of the traditional university disciplines, in addition to a new Faculty of Fine Arts, Music and Design. Within the faculties are included 60 different specialized departments, centers and institutes. Over time, the UiB has become the most cited university in Norway.

The University of Bergen is also an internationally recognized research university. UiB is constantly interfacing with the international environment in order to expand its borders and to explore the world. It is heavily involved in international co-operation in both research and education. Among the almost 15 000 students that are enrolled at the university, approximately 1,550 of are international students. PhD candidates are typically paid employees of staff, making the doctoral degree at UiB particularly attractive for rising talent. Almost 40% of the graduating doctors are from outside Norway. It is a continuous aim for UiB to actively engage in international education, research and society.

The doctoral training at UiB is organized in seven graduate schools, one per faculty. Doctoral training in biomedicine and health sciences is under the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry with approximately 500 enrolled doctoral candidates making the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry the largest faculty for doctoral education at the UiB. In January 2016, the Faculty was awarded an ORPHEUS Label for its doctoral education programme. For further information, please see:

In 2016, Members of the Visiting Committee recommended to the Executive Committee of ORPHEUS to attribute the ORPHEUS label to the PhD program of the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Bergen, Norway. The committee found the PhD program at the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry at UiB well-established and highly structured.

At our Faculty we have an annual flow of between 90-100 doctoral theses.

At the last years ORPHEUS conference 2016 in Cologne the research administration at our Faculty won the best poster prize.

As a strategic goal the Faculty offers PhD supervisors a developing and enhancing expertise in doctoral supervision. In addition to an annual supervisor seminar arranged by our own research department, our supervisors can attend a course in pedagogics. From this year we also have a mandatory supervisor training for all PhD supervisors at the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, as an e-learning course. The goal is to make supervisors aware of the University's rules and regulations for the PhD program, as well as international rules that apply to PhD candidates, supervisors, and the formal relationship between them.

University of Milano-Bicocca, School of Medicine and Surgery

The PhD program in Neuroscience is an interdepartmental, multisite enterprise based at the School of Medicine and Surgery of the University of Milano-Bicocca. Its mission is to provide an environment of excellence for training in research based on the coexistence and cooperation of Italian and International Universities, Hospital-based research centers, Pharmaceutical Industry with a strong vocation to innovation and a European research center with unique opportunities in the field of X-ray imaging and irradiation.

This mission is pursued through the interaction between researchers and clinicians, who work in academic or industrial reality, and that belong to all the areas that constitute the more modern concept of the “world of Neuroscience”.

Strong commitment to international collaboration and the development of joint research programs allowing a period of study/research in partner laboratories distributed in the most prestigious foreign universities are cornerstones of the program.

The PhD program is active part of the Milan Center for Neuroscience (NeuroMI), a highly interdisciplinary research center. Both mobility between laboratories and research period abroad are highly recommended, and in this context, the PhD program is part of the Network of European Neuroscience Schools (NENS) of the Federation of European Federation of Neuroscience Societies (FENS).

The PhD program in Neuroscience is part of the Doctoral School of the University of Milano-Bicocca, that comprises all the PhD programs active within the Athens with the aim of increasing collaboration and interaction between the different programs.

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Doctoral School at Medical University of Plovdiv, Bulgaria


Current information:

The Doctoral School at Medical University of Plovdiv  (MUP) was established in 2012. It is a functional part of the university and aims at the educational and scientific needs of PhD students and young researchers. The doctoral school is multidisciplinary by nature and is planned to provide systematic, efficient and high-quality doctoral training as well as well as administrative and consulting support through the whole period of the different PhD programs accredited at the MUP.

The target groups of the Doctoral School are PhD students, young researchers, post-doctoral students and undergraduate students.


Main goals:

  • providing administrative, informative and consultative help regarding the whole training process of the PhD students and young researchers  from Medical University – Plovdiv;

  • assistance in the general educational preparation during the training for the PhD degree following the specifics of medical education and scientific activity;

  • expansion of the scientific and research capacity of the academic staff of the University


Main activity:

The Doctoral School follows a group educational program and provides a calendar of lectures and seminars on different topics on a biannual base – during winter and summer semesters respectively. The educational program is approved by the Academic Council at MUP and is actualized based on the changing requirements of PhD education.

  • The curriculum consists of topics related to gaining research knowledge and skills: organization and methods of scientific research, preparation of the PhD-thesis, statistics, ethics, pedagogy and other aspects of scientific work.

  • Training aimed at acquiring knowledge and competence that provide career development of young researchers and PhD students: teamwork, communication skills, presentation skills, preparing project proposals etc.

  • There are foreign language courses, IT, computer and statistics courses are also available.

  • Promotion of modern high-technology medical methods and scientific achievements with lectures and webinars by international guest lecturers.



  • The organizational structure, regulations and activities in the Doctoral School are described in the Rules and Regulations, approved by the Academic Council.

  • The director of the Doctoral School is the Vice Rector of Research. There is also a coordinator (an academic lecturer responsible for performing functions related to the School) and organizers who are experts in the Department of Science and Research).



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