Track I



Duration of the thesis : 3-4 years

Candidates who engage in a Track I MD-PhD begin their thesis upon completion of their medical studies. The preparatory training (25 ECTS credits) for a Track I MD-PhD must therefore be conducted in parallel to the medical curriculum. It consists of the Master thesis and a selection of courses, summer schools and internships that candidates may choose from according to the subject area of their thesis. 

Students thus establish an individual study programme which is subject to validation by the MD-PhD Commission to ensure that it meets the requirements of the preparatory training.

ECTS credits are attributed as follows :

Master thesis 15 ECTS
Optional course BMed2   1 ECTS
Optional course BMed3 or MMed1   3 ECTS
Summer School   3 ECTS
Laboratory internships    1 ECTS/week








The Master thesis is compulsory as are at least 1 BMed2 and 1 BMed3 or MMed1 optional courses. The Master thesis as well as the selection of optional courses must be validated by the MD-PhD Commission. Candidates are encouraged to engage in Summer internships in experimental laboratory research to become familiarized with laboratory life prior to embarking upon their thesis. 



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