Duration of the thesis : 3-4 years
Candidates who engage in a Track II MD-PhD begin their MD-PhD thesis after having completed 2-3 years of of clinical training following their medical studies. The preparatory training requirements are the same as those for the Track I option (25 ECTS credits) but can be completed during their clinical training. Students will have completed their Master thesis and followed optional courses during their medical studies, leaving only a few additional credits to be obtained during their residency training, if needed.
For both Track I and Track II students, an additional optional course is scheduled at the beginning of their MD-PhD thesis, each November. The course is on molecular biology and is included to ensure that all students have acquired a strong basic understanding of molecular biology prior to engaging in their experimental work. The course in designed for MD-PhD candidates and corresponds to 10 ECTS credits.
MD-PhD candidates pursuing their thesis in public health, bioengineering or other disciplines related to medicine may select and follow an alternative course at the FBM, the EPFL or at another Swiss university that is better suited to the subject of their thesis and that carries 10 ECTS credits.