MD-PhD

The MD-PhD programme enables medical students to prepare for a career in biomedical research combining scientific work and clinical training in an academic setting. The goal is to give them the required scientific competences and skills to contribute to translational, disease- and patient-oriented research.

 

Application

There are two different types of tracks for the candidates admitted to the MD-PhD programme:

Track I applicants must have successfully completed their Bachelor of Medicine and obtained outstanding grades in their 1st year of Master of Medicine. They must also have a strong interest in the field of biomedical research. The selection is made by the PhD Graduate Studies Committee. Interested students should contact phd.biomed@usi.ch during their first year of Master to arrange a meeting aimed at defining their MD-PhD programme.

Track II applicants have already obtained a Master of Medicine and should follow the application process for PhD students: therefore, they must have a working contract with a partner institute where they will perform their research. The MD-PhD programme can be joined even after the initial clinical training: in such cases, the Graduate Studies Committee decides on a case-by-case basis on the admission to Track II by evaluating the student’s previous achievement.

 

Regulations and directives

Successful graduates obtain both the doctoral title of “Dr.med. (MD)” and of “PhD” according to the regulation for the degree of Medical Doctor and the regulation for the degree of PhD of the Faculty of Biomedical Sciences. More information on the MD-PhD dual training can be found in the MD-PhD directives.