The SMICH curriculum focuses on signaling mechanisms and processes involved in the maintenance of cellular homeostasis and affords enough flexibility to provide interested students comprehensive training in other relevant disciplines through courses chosen from the official syllabus of both Universities.

The academic year consists of two semesters:

  • Winter semester (1st October – 31st January)
  • Summer semester (1st March – 30th June).

To submit and defend your PhD thesis, you must have been enrolled at the university for at least six semesters (3years) and must have collected 30 ECTS points. ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) is the standardized scale unit for university courses in the European Union.

The program offers a Basic Introductory course and a variety of Workshops from which you can choose the ones that suit your needs. You will also collect ECTS for the active participation in Journal Clubs and Work in Progress seminars throughout your PhD.  

As part of the Vienna Doctoral School 'Molecules of Life' you will collect 10 ECTS by attending VDS seminars.

Additionally you may wish to choose freely from the official syllabus of either University to complement program-specific courses.