Overview of DoSChem benefits:

  • Exchange with other students and PIs across DoSChem, beyond group and institute borders.
  • Broader, more diverse mentorship (scientific input of at least 3 PIs on your yearly oral progress report).
  • Opportunities for cross-disciplinary studies, networking and collaborative approach.
  • Tailor-made career support (tailored coursework; soft skills classes; career coaching by successful alumni).
  • Financial support of your project ideas: participation in programs “New Ideas” and “International Exchange” (first grant writing experience).
  • Enjoying ”beyond the bench” part of DoSChem’s events (co-)organized by students e.g. scientific retreats, international symposia.
  • DoSChem rewards ECTS for an active conference participation in case of poster and/or oral presentations.
  • Different point of contacts within DoSChem and your working group.

Curriculum/ ECTS allocation overview:

  • 6-16 ETCS from curriculum based lectures and seminars (freely selectable and graded), summer schools
  • 4-6  ECTS from PhD seminars and “Journal Clubs” (1 ECTS each Semester)
  • 2-4  ECTS from faculty colloquia (0.5 ECTS per Semester)
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  • 2-4 ECTS from soft skills courses (freely selectable)
    2-4 ECTS from retreats (1 per retreat – attend at least 2 retreats)
  • 1-3 ECTS from Int. DoSChem Symposium (1 per symposium – attend 2)
  • 2-6 ECTS from international conference (1-2 per active participation – poster or oral; a conference of up to 2 days will be rewarded with 1 ECTS and longer conferences with 2 ECTS)

24 ECTS needed to graduate within DoSChem.

Your obligations with DoSChem and the doctoral curriculum of University of Vienna:

  • Public presentation of your project to the faculty within 12 months (FÖP).
  • Sign dissertation agreement with supervisor and director of doctoral studies.
  • Acceptance of code of conduct and good scientific practice.
  • Annual submission of written progress reports “Fortschrittsbericht” (students and their PIs will receive once a year a reminder to submit the report on time). Please use the form available here
  • Annual oral presentation of your progress with feedback from three PIs. Once you have given your yearly oral progress report, please submit a short note by email (date of the talk & PIs present) to the DoSChem office (Dos.Chem@univie.ac.at).

As a student who has already done their faculty presentation (FÖP) before October 2020, what are the advantages of switching to the 24 ECTS DoSChem curriculum for me?

There are no advantages for students with faculty presentation done before October 2020 to switch to the new DoSChem curriculum with 24 ECTS.

DoSChem students with faculty presentations held from October 2020 onwards will have doctoral thesis agreements that require them to obtain a minimum of 24 ECTS (credit points). Students with faculty presentations held before October 2020 can keep their minimum 12 ECTS as stated in their doctoral thesis agreements.

If I have not yet done my faculty presentation (FÖP), what curriculum do I have?

DoSChem program requirements are effective since October 2020, meaning all students with public presentation held from October 2020 onwards will have doctoral thesis agreements with a minimum of 24 ECTS.

Does the curriculum comprise mandatory coursework? How will it be monitored?

Yes. The attendance of some DoSChem events is mandatory such as monthly faculty colloquia, focus area retreats, participation in student organized international symposium and in at least one significant international conference. However, our curriculum offers many opportunities on how to complete the program requirements allowing tailor-made solutions to best support your individual development. Required courses will be agreed on between student, supervisor and DoSChem (represented by the Director of Doctoral Studies) by signing the doctoral thesis agreement (Dissertationsvereinbarung) after successful presentation of the research project to the faculty (FÖP). Amendments are possible via the yearly written progress reports.

How do I pick the courses for my PhD curriculum?

You can pick the most suitable lectures/seminars/practical courses for your training in agreement with your supervisor and director of doctoral studies. Please also see bullets bellow. Please note that ECTS will also be awarded for participating in and organizing DoSChem events and active conference participation.

There are no courses from the chemical doctorate program that fit. But there are plenty of courses at the University of Vienna or other universities that match. Can they be part of my curriculum?

You can visit any graded and certified courses from the University of Vienna and other universities and scientific institutes you need to accomplish your PhD thesis project. However, your supervisor and the director of doctoral studies have to agree. The best way to accomplish this is to include the external courses in your doctoral thesis agreement and/or yearly progress report.

Is it possible to do ECTS at other universities and be able to get them recognized at the University of Vienna/DoSChem?

Yes. However, approval is needed (see above) and you need to obtain proof from a certified third-level teaching organization about grade(s) and ECTS.

How is the DoSChem curriculum organized? How does the focus area I chose influence the curriculum?

DoSChem is organized in three focus areas reflecting the key research areas of our faculty and providing a backbone to our curriculum:

  • Panel A: theoretical/computational chemistry and functional/sustainable materials
  • Panel B: bio/environmental analytics and food chemistry/physiology
  • Panel C: synthesis/catalysis and biomedical/medical chemistry

Each focus area is led by a panel of 5-6 PIs, who reflect the scientific scope of the focus area and organize student training (PhD seminars, conferences, soft skills trainings, retreats). The focus areas provide a comprehensive exchange and dialog platform for students and supervisors.

Panel affiliation/ Switching the panel affiliation

DoSChem PIs can be affiliated with multiple focus areas, while students can only be affiliated with one focus area. However, if the development of the doctoral project suggests a switch to another focus area, this will be possible if student and supervisor agree.

Is it possible to participate in the coursework of other panels?

Usually, once you decide on your affiliation, the coursework of the designated panel along with the mentoring input shall provide you the best possible fit for your training needs. However, if you work on an interdisciplinary project and your designated panel does not cover all your training needs, it is possible to participate in some of the trainings of other panels. Please consult with your supervisor and with your responsible DoSChem panel PI who is in charge for the coordination of the panel (trainings you want to attend) first. 

Does joining DoSChem change any requirements for cumulative dissertations as described here

No. (Please see SSC Chemistry)

Do proceedings count as valid manuscripts for the dissertation?

No. Only published or accepted manuscripts in peer-reviewed, professional journals count. The supervisor must indicate that the paper was mostly written by the student. Reviews and proceeding can be included but do not count towards the two first authors manuscripts needed to submit a cumulative thesis.

DoSChem programs “New Ideas” and “International Exchange”: what is that?

  • These are two competitive programs that aim at encouraging you to “think across and beyond” the boundaries of your field of research and your immediate scientific environment.
  • Applications are currently continuously accepted and evaluated for every quarter of the year (01.04./01.07./01.10.).
  • Funding is only available for DoSChem students.
  • More information about our programs can be found in the section “funding” displayed on the website: https://doschem.univie.ac.at/about-us/funding/

Recognition of conferences:

  • General rules: ECTS are only awarded for an active participation in conferences (poster or oral presentations). Generally, the following conversion of time spend at a conference to ECTS applies: Conference attendance of up to 2 days will be rewarded with 1 ECTS and longer conferences with 2 ECTS (not more than that). If special circumstances apply, individual solutions need to be discussed with the director of doctoral studies.
  • Both poster and oral presentations count similarly as “active” participation.

Please submit information about the conference (weblink and your registration or confirmation of attendance) with your yearly progress report.

Description of curriculum elements:

  • 2-4 ECTS for faculty colloquia (0,5 ECTS per semester)

Attendance of the faculty colloquia with interdisciplinary invited speakers, which is held on a monthly basis (typically every 2nd Monday within the teaching periods at 16:00), is an important multidisciplinary part of your curriculum. It is expected to attend 3 of 4 colloquia in order to collect 0.5 ECTS per semester.

  • 4-6 ECTS for PhD seminars and “Journal Clubs” within each focus areas (1 ECTS per semester)

You have to regularly attend and present your progress of your research to student fellows and to principal investigators of the panel. The new guideline recommends the presence of 3 PIs of your choice during your yearly progress talk, yielding comprehensive input covering different angles on your project. We will remind you on your talk duty along with your responsibility to approach your PIs of choice in advance.

Journal Clubs - the discussion and presentation of scientific papers found in relevant journals could also be attended on a regular basis

  • 6-16 ECTS for DoSChem curriculum based lectures, seminars

So far, the DoSChem curriculum relies in part on courses already offered in the Master program, which you can select freely. In addition, you can participate in all classes offered by the Vienna Universities (MedUni, TU Wien etc). Required courses will be agreed on between student, supervisor and DoSChem by signing the “dissertation agreement” after successful presentation of the research project to the faculty (FÖP). Amendments are possible via the yearly written progress reports. The attendance of summer or winter schools (registration/attendance proof) will be recognized as a seminar type and awarded with ECTS.

  • 2-4 ECTS for Focus Area Retreats (1 ETCS pro retreat)

Each focus area of research organizes annual scientific retreats (2-3 days), which is an off-site meeting held in a relaxing atmosphere outside the university accomplished by a social program. The retreat provides opportunities for identifying and exploring new and innovative research directions, and encourages intensive peer discussions and exchange in a relaxed setting. You are expected to attend at least two retreat events.

  • 1-3 ECTS for International Symposium organized by DoSChem students (1 ETCS/Symposium)

Once a year – typically during the late summer– a group of students organizes a two day symposium with high-profile speakers representing the scientific span of the DoSChem faculty.

During this event there will be a session dedicated to DoSChem student presentations, whereas it is up to you (voluntary basis/research group choice) to give a short five-minute talk to communicate your research (creative and entertaining way of your talk are highly welcome). With hands-on experience, you are also responsible of approaching and inviting external speakers of your choice, for organization of social program and catering. In this way, you are challenged with collective responsibility, organization skills and with the experience of how to deal with the fixed program budget. You have to register for this event. Your participation (presence/talk/poster) will be equally rewarded with 1 ECTS.

Besides being fun social events, co-organizing retreats and organizing symposia proofs your personal responsibility, enhances your practical and social networking skills and makes you aware of facing strategic challenges of a common scientific event such as symposia or workshop. In this way your organizing activity awards you additional ECTS – 1-2 per event depending on the workload.

  • 2-6 ECTS for Conference participation (1-2 ECTS per active participation)

The DoSChem strongly promotes your participation in at least one significant (international) conference during your PhD training. By presentation of your work (talk or poster), your effort will be awarded. The solely attendance of the conference without the active participation is not awarded by ECTS. A conference of up to 2 days will be rewarded with 1 ECTS and longer conferences with 2 ECTS (not more than that).

  • 2-4 ECTS from soft skills courses (freely selectable)

DoSChem training is committed to supply you with best possible tools to enhance your performance in getting successfully published, professionally present and discuss your data, writing a strong proposal, and skillfully manage your PhD thesis project. Depending on the concept/duration of the course, your effort will be awarded with 1 ECTS (1d course) and 2 ECTS (2d course), respectively. This applies to the participation of University of Vienna (internal) and external courses.