International PhD studies in Medical Sciences

About the Program

Polish medical Universities offers many unique PhD programs for international students. PhD programs in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy and biomedical research. This program is addressed  to international students who are looking for research and teaching opportunities in the field related to  life sciences. The graduates of the PhD programs often become faculty members at medical schools, universities and research institutes. This program provides efficient  training, enabling our graduates to become leaders in biomedicine research and education.. Faculty of the PhD training program consists of successful scientist with great teaching skills. Our excellent faculty members will help you in conducting your own research from the planning stage to preparing PhD thesis. Very low student-per-faculty ratio enables direct interaction between students and tutors. Regular meetings of students and faculty advisors are aimed to help young investigators in developing a blueprint for study that integrates both mandatory and elective coursework and reflects a student’s unique interests. Joining this program allows you to participate in several national and international research projects in many areas utilizing well equipped labs and friendly staff. Our PhD program curriculum is designed for two to four years, however for hard working researchers with excellent results and impressive publications there is a possibility of shortening the program down to two to three years. After graduating from the program students are obliged to present  their PhD thesis and may obtain the PhD degree in medicine, medical biology, pharmacy etc, depending on the thesis content. The program consists of mandatory classes and unlimited numbers of hours devoted to research and student-faculty conferences. To fulfill the PhD course and obtain the PhD degree positive notes from 3 exams are required: doctoral examination on PhD thesis subject, philosophy (or ethics or history of medicine or pharmacy) and foreign language.

Program details

Degree Requirements – The standard time for program completion is four years. Since the goal of the Program is to train scholars for careers in research and teaching, the faculty has established requirements to ensure that candidates are thoroughly prepared to meet the highest standards of scholarship. During the Ph.D. training, each student should complete the coursework specified in the General Program Requirements as well as the program of chosen field of research. Fulfillment of the General Program Requirement indicates a student has acquired  broad knowledge in the basic disciplines relating to the study of management. Individual fields’ course requirements have been designed by field faculty to provide a student with an in-depth mastery of the biomedical research. After completing these requirements, student should start to prepare his/her PhD thesis (written dissertation) in English (or in Polish, depending on language skills). The thesis will have to be initially evaluated and accepted by respective Faculty Board at Medical University of Lodz. The Faculty Board will choose thesis peer-reviewers from well-known experts in the field. Upon obtaining positive reports from reviewers Faculty Board will accept the thesis and allow the candidate to defend it during public oral examination containing also thesis presentation. When candidate successfully pass this procedure members of the Faculty Board will grant her or him the PhD degree  and the diploma in a respective science field.

Field Examination – The curriculum of PhD studies requires 176  hours of mandatory training. Credits according to ECTS will be awarded upon completing each class and passing final examination. PhD exams on the basic discipline (connected to area of candidate’s research), ethics, philosophy or history of medicine or pharmacy and of foreign language are have to be successfully completed  before appropriate Committee appointed by the management board of the Dean of Faculty. A successful performance on the examination assures the faculty that the student has obtained a balanced knowledge of the variety of research approaches relevant to the field and is well prepared to realize an the individual research.

Research Activities – An essential  part of the student’s doctoral education is thorough training in  conducting research. This is achieved by means: research apprenticeships and active participation in doctoral seminars. Research work in the area  of candidate’s interest is a key element of preparing the young investigator for the career both in academia and in industry. Therefore, we pay a lot of attention on laboratory and clinical training from the very beginning of the doctoral program. A second important method for students to broad their  research skills is participation in doctoral seminars and research colloquia. Faculty members and doctoral students jointly conduct these sessions, which consist of the exchange of research ideas and progress reports. The sessions provide students with knowledge of advanced methodology and practical input from  their peers and faculty. However, the essential part of the PhD study is to accomplish an independent, at least partially self-created research projects.

Dissertation – The research process leads to a publication in peer-review journals and to  the dissertation (PhD thesis). Therefore, the original research results should be of publishable quality and present a significant contribution to the scholarly field. The dissertation is an evidence of the candidate’s proficiency and future potential. in research. Throughout the Program, the student’s personal initiative is a primary determinant of his or her progress in research. Working relationships with one or more faculty members depend upon the mutual interests that arise, in part, from the student’s active participation and enthusiasm.

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