When students start their training at the VBC they take part in a 3-week course, "Priming your PhD", which is aimed at introducing the campus research and technology. Throughout their PhD, students must attend the weekly Monday Seminars (where each student presents once a year) and their group journal club. These three modules allow for students to obtain the 30 ECTS they need to graduate. 

Additionally, students can choose to attend different elective courses organized by the PhD Programme and/or groups or facilities on campus. Moreover, credits can be awarded for attendance at international workshops/courses and presentations (talks or posters) at international conferences.

ECTS per SemesterECTS Total (6 Semesters)
Priming your PhD--10
Monday Seminars212
Journal Clubs212

Priming your PhD (10 ECTS)

  • 3 week full-time course to be taken by all students at the start of the PhD
  • Offered twice a year, in January and June/July (just before the interview week)

Contents: Communication and management workshop | Analyzing primary literature and grant writing | Current issues in Life Sciences | Discover our technology | Getting the most out of your PhD

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Monday Seminars (2 ECTS per semester)

  • Weekly attendance
  • Yearly presentation
  • Feedback from faculty

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Journal Club (2 ECTS Per Semester)

  • Students attend the weekly journal club of their lab or topic

Elective courses

Every year the programme organizes different optional advanced courses, such as: Statistics, Career Development, Scientific Writing, Presentation skills, etc. 

Every year, there is an open consultation for the students to decide which topics are most relevant.

PhD students can also register to attend courses offered by the University of Vienna (course directory). In particular, the Center for Doctoral Studies offers several workshops on transferable skills.

In addition the scientific facilities organize regular training courses (for example: Bio-optics; programming, statistics). These courses will be advertised in our calendar.