Program Regulations

The BioHC Joint Doctorate is a 3-4 year PhD program open to well brilliant and motivated Doctoral candidates who have completed a MSc courses (or equivalent degree, 300 ECTS) in Clinical Research, Nano/Biotechnology, Environmental & Animal Health, Applied Mathematics or related fields, and who have good knowledge in English (TOEFL / demonstrated competence). The BioHC Joint Doctorate meet the specifications of the Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorate program (EMJD): (i) joint doctoral dissertation supervised by two Principal Investigators from two Partner Institutions; (ii) involving a mobility path between at least the two Partner Institutions; (iii) and giving rise to double degree after defense at one of the two universities of attachment, according to the national regulations for Academic Degrees and University Evaluation. To graduate, Doctoral candidates need to fulfill the following requirements:

  • All requirements imposed by their (primary and secondary) host institutions and home departments.
  • Completion of block courses with a minimum of 60 ECTS. Courses are organized into ‘introductory’ ‘advanced’, and ‘crosscutting’ issues.
  • Deposition and defense of a Ph.D. thesis describing the Doctoral candidate’s original research work.

This is also known as ‘co-tutelle thesis’. Participating Doctoral candidates can choose from a broad selection of research topics and participate in cutting edge research. Typically the labs involved in the PhD’s supervision will have different, complementary research know-how and facilities; which are used in the Doctoral project. For example, a Doctoral researcher might synthesise new materials in one laboratory, and then characterize them in another. While the overall subject matter of the BioHC Graduate School is Systems medicine, it is broached differently by each Partner Institution, providing a comprehensive and complementary overview. This adds value to BioHC expertise, which covers biological, clinical, technical, economic and regulatory issues. Consequently, mobility will enable Doctoral candidates to benefit from the know-how of different research groups. 

Furthermore, all the BioHC Joint Doctorate projects also include an industry partner. Doctoral candidates are required to act as investigating fellows in at least one company. We recommend that Doctoral candidates complete this requirement by the end of their second year if possible. The implication of industry in the program is a key issue regardless of the career plans of the PhD candidates (academic or industrial perspective). We believe that it is essential for a PhD candidate to have both academic and industrial experience. The role of industry can be to:

  • receive the PhD candidate for laboratory work or training.
  • consult the Partner universities in view of possible industry applications.
  • help with professional insertion after the project.