MD-PhD Program in Experimental Biomedical Research
The MD-PhD Program in Experimental Biomedical Research is a joint-program for students with a strong interest in Experimental Biomedical Research with a master in human medicine, veterinary medicine or dentistry from a Swiss University (or equivalent). Students enrolled in this PhD Program are subject to the prevailing PhD regulations of the Faculty of Science (http://philnat.unibas.ch/forschung/promotionphd/).
Requirements and specifics for the MD-PhD Program in Experimental Biomedical Research:
1. Students can provisionally be admitted into this inter-faculty MD-PhD program at the master-study level (3rd year) (Track I–preferred). Alternatively, students can be admitted after finishing medical school (max. 3 years post-graduation). A Selection Committee composed of members of the Science Faculty and Medical Faculty evaluates applications. Formal evaluation of provisionally admitted students is being carried out during the final year of medical school.
2. Students aiming to perform an MD-PhD in Experimental Biomedical Research are required to gain experimental experience during medical school (>3 months of experimental work), ideally in the context of their Master Thesis. In addition, students applying for an (MD) PhD in Experimental Biomedical Research are required (in case of a non-experimental Master thesis) or strongly encouraged to visit a 'summer school' or an equivalent research-oriented program, and to actively participate in a research program during their 'Wahlstudienjahr'.
3. Students that have passed the formal evaluation and have been admitted to the Basel University MD-PhD Program in Experimental Biomedical Research are required to adhere to the reporting system as outlined in the prevailing PhD regulations of the Faculty of Science.
Submissions (submitted as a single pdf-file and one hard copy) must be written in English and should be structured as follows:
Cover sheet – Contents – Motivation letter of the applicant, including career plan – Project summary (max. 1 page) – Detailed research plan (max. 6 pages, incl. tables and figures but without references, min. font size 11 and min. single line spacing) incl. current state of research, hypotheses, aims, relevance of proposed research, role of applicant in the project, methodology, planned experiments, milestones, pitfalls and timetable – CV of applicant with publications list (max. 2 pages) – MD-PhD training plan – Confirmation from thesis director guaranteeing support, access to infrastructure and funding for a 4th year if necessary to complete the MD-PhD – Reference letters (max. 2) – Copy of all examination scores and of relevant diplomas
Further information regarding the MD-PhD Program in Experimental Biomedical Research can be obtained from Prof. Christoph Hess, Head of the program at Basel University (chess(at)uhbs(dot)ch).
Deadline for submissions is Dec. 15th, evaluation of the candidates in January the following year.