BIOME - Core: PhD Epidemiology and Clinical Research

The PhD in Epidemiology and Clinical Research is a structured, internationally oriented graduate programme over three years. Within the framework of the Universitätsallianz Ruhr (UA Ruhr) several departments are involved in the PhD study programme. These are the Center of Clinical Epidemiology (CCE) at the IMIBE at Essen University Hospital, the Chair of Mathematical Statistics with Applications in Biometrics at the TU Dortmund University, the Department for Medical Computer Science, Biometrics and Epidemiology and the Research Institute for Prevention and Occupational Medicine of the German Social Accident Insurance at the Ruhr University Bochum.

The PhD programme aims to enable its doctoral candidates to independently plan, conduct, evaluate and publish clinical studies concerning epidemiological and clinical questions (early detection, diagnosis, therapy and prognosis) in due consideration of Good Epidemiological Practice (GEP) and Good Clinical Practice (GCP). In their dissertation the candidates prove they can achieve results through independent scientific work, which serve the development of both the epidemiological area of studies and clinical medicine.

The three-year study programme comprises the integration of an individual research project and a two-year accompanying programme, which counts 300 teaching units of 45 minutes each. 263 teaching units will be held in mandatory and elective modules. 37 teaching units can be elected by free choice and serve the development of core competencies in epidemiology. The seminars will be taught as modular, three-day or week-long courses. Therefore, the knowledge and skills enabling the dissertation complement one another and are acquired in consecutive seminars. Amongst other things, mandatory modules of the PhD programme include:

  • Epidemiology
  • Biometrics/Statistics
  • Statistical Analysis Programmes
  • Medicine for Non-Physicians. 

As part of the Summer School international guest lecturers will offer sessions on interesting topics from the field of Epidemiology and Clinical Research. During the PhD study programme the doctoral candidates will be advised by at least two supervisors. The third year of the programme is used to finalize the dissertation. Upon successful completion of the PhD study programme the Medical Faculty of the University Duisburg-Essen will confer the candidates the doctoral degree “Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)”. The language of instruction is English.

Application details

PhD Programme Web Site

PLEASE NOTE: Admission to the PhD Programme is closed and any enquiries or applications concerning these courses should be addressed directly to their respective speakers or coordinators and not to the Graduate School of Biomedical Science. 


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