Here you will find information on the curricula for the Standard Track (Dr. med., Dr. med. dent., Dr. rer. medic.) and Advanced Track (PhD, MD/PhD).
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Courses in the Doctorate Environment
In the Doctorate Environment, you will find the Course portfolio for a scientific and interdisciplinary education, which must be completed parallel to the dissertation.
If you are pursuing your doctorate within a structured doctoral program, then you will obtain the required ECTS credit points within the curriculum of the relevant program. Please turn to the contact person of the program.
If you are pursuing your doctorate by way of a classical individual doctorate, you may - within certain limits - put together an individual curriculum in consultation with your supervisors.
The following notes are relevant to doctoral candidates pursuing an individual doctorate.
The courses offered within the scope of the Doctorate Environment include on the one hand specialist, interdisciplinary and methodological contents. On the other hand, courses on interdisciplinary key qualifications are also included, such as:
- Statistics and data
- Study concepts
- Literature research
- Working with literature and original papers
- Citing techniques
- Critical reading of articles
- Communication and presentation in science
- General abilities in research management and science management
- Language skills; for example, technical English
The contents of the Doctorate Environment can be offered in different formats: These may include seminars, lectures, colloquiums or workshops.
The doctoral candidates must put together a selection of contents, in consultation with their supervisor and taking into consideration the provisions of the Doctoral Degree Regulations and the implementation regulations according to their own and project-related requirements. All parties should make sure that skills and abilities are obtained in a logical order.
The list of courses published on the Intranet is not an exhaustive list of the courses available. Courses with scientific contents for instance, offered in abundance at the Charité and the faculties and departments of the parent universities FU and HU, are not included in the list.
The list of courses is primarily designed to draw your attention to courses and provide an overview of the courses offered in the area of key qualifications.
Moreover, courses that have been taken before pursuing your doctorate or have been taken at other universities can be recognized.
The following rule of thumb applies: In general, you can select all courses offered at Charité – Universitätsmedizin and the faculties and departments of the parent universities, of the MDC or BIH in consultation with your supervisor, provided that you have not already had to complete the courses for the award of the university degree which forms the basis for the registration of your doctoral project at the Charité. In doing so, make sure to bear the curriculum guidelines applicable to your doctorate track in mind. Should any questions arise regarding this, the Coordination Office of the Doctorate Environment will be happy to help.
Course schedule and timetable
To register a doctoral project aiming at a PhD or MD/PhD degree, the doctoral candidates must enter the selected contents in a course schedule plus timetable.
The timetable should cover six semesters. This timetable may also only include the course categories, for instance "Methodology" as well as the relevant meaningful designations such as "Scientific writing".
The course schedule can be changed at any time if the supervisors agree. Doctoral candidates pursuing a PhD or MD/PhD degree, must submit the timetable together with other documents when registering their doctoral project.
On the Standard Track, you must obtain 5 ECTS credit points before applying for initiation of the doctoral examination procedure.
On the Advanced Track, you must obtain 30 ECTS credit points before applying for initiation of the doctoral examination procedure.
For example on scientific communication, technical (foreign) languages, presentation techniques, self-presentation, rhetoric skills, body language and expression, listening skills, question and answer techniques, group dynamics
For example on good scientific practice, ethics in science and medicine, preparing a thesis, analysing, evaluating scientific papers, scientific writing, literature search
For example on self-management, time management, project management, teamwork, information and knowledge management, knowledge management, personnel responsibility, conflict management, negotiation management
- Further scientific training
For example including attending lecture series and attendance of scientific congresses – in general active participation with own contributions
For example on the teaching of specialist knowledge in the area of life sciences, data and statistics
- Specialist skills and knowledge
For example on device operation training, laboratory animal science
Curriculum Standard Track
Elective area I
Elective area II
(Further Scientific Training)
ECTS credit points
max. 1 (Please note: ECTS CP obtained by attending congresses, lecture series and external courses can also be credited in Elective Area I)
Curriculum Advanced Track
Further scientific training / Science communication
Personal skills and interdisciplinary courses
ECTS credit points
A minimum of 5 ECTS credit points should be obtained during the first year after registration.
Min. 3 ECTS credit points should be obtained during the first year after registration.
ECTS credit points obtained for the presentation of your doctoral project can be credited once in this section (1 credit point). Further presentations can be credited in the sections "research methodology" and "personal skills".
You may deviate from the curricular guidelines as long as the total amount of 5 or 30 ECTS CP respectively is not affected.
Recognition of ECTS credit points when switching between tracks
If you switch between the tracks, any already obtained ECTS credit points will be recognised to the extent that the requirements for the relevant target curriculum are met; i.e. with regard to:
- Minimum number and maximum number of points
- Distribution over the elective areas of the relevant curriculum
- Additional provisions with regard to comparability with courses of the Doctorate Environment
In the event of any further questions, please contact the Coordination Office of the Doctorate Environment.