Doctorate Medical Science (Dr. scient. med.)


Program Description

The part-time doctoral program in medical science (Dr. scient. med.) promotes an understanding of the methods and competencies of scientific, interdisciplinary cooperation between clinical research and basic research, familiarises students with the methods and concepts of medical science and prepares them for work in predominantly clinical, but also natural science and/or health science-oriented research. 

It is aimed at persons who have successfully completed a relevant university course and who wish to acquire or further develop research competence within the framework of their current or future activities. Relevant subjects are understood to be all courses of study completed whose curricula focus on imparting knowledge and skills relevant to medicine, nursing, health, or the natural sciences.


Requirements and admission

Admission to doctoral studies is open to those who have successfully graduated (Diplom, Master) from a recognized university or college in one of the following fields of study:

  •  Human Medicine, Dentistry or Veterinary Medicine,
  •  Pharmacology, Nursing Sciences,
  • Biology, Biophysics, Biochemistry
  • Sports and Nutrition Sciences, Nursing Sciences,
  • Psychology,
  • Nursing Sciences,
  • Scientific diploma or Master's degree,
  • Diploma or Master's degree with health science relevance.

A total of at least five years or 300 ECTS credits must be proven.

In special cases, the university management may require the applicant to provide proof that he or she would be admitted to a doctorate at his or her home university or at another recognized university in his or her home country.

The decision on admission is taken by the university management and the program management on the basis of the recommendations of the selection committee.

There is no entitlement to admission to doctoral studies.

Selection process

The selection decision will be made with regard to the suitability and motivation of the applicant for the chosen degree program. Aptitude is based on relevant previous training, professional experience, any publications, and presentations.

The university management, together with the head of the study program, will make an initial pre-selection based on the application documents. All applicants included in this pre-selection will be invited by a selection committee of the Faculty of Medical Sciences to a selection interview in Liechtenstein. The committee consists of a representative of the university management, the program management, and at least two members from the circle of lecturers.

The Selection Committee makes a recommendation regarding the admission or rejection of each applicant.


A complete written application must be submitted to the UFL within the published application period. The application includes

  • A completed registration form,
  • A resume with a passport photo,
  • Proof of degree (original or certified copy),
  • A copy of the passport or identity card,
  • A letter of motivation

Registration for 2020

  • Start of studies: 15th October 2020
  • Registration deadline: 30th June 2020
  • Information event: 15th May 2020, 17.30h

Tuition fees

The tuition fee for doctoral studies in medical science (Dr. scient. med.) at the UFL is CHF 27,750.– (CHF 1,250.– registration fee and CHF 26,500.– for eight semesters). Invoices are issued semester by semester, please refer to the registration form for details.

Duration and scope

The duration of the doctoral program in Medical Science (Dr. scient. med.) is four years (8 semesters) and corresponds to 180 ECTS credits. With the exception of a few modules, which are also taught on Thursdays, the courses take place on Fridays and Saturdays once a month at the UFL. We give great importance to regular attendance for the courses. To graduate successfully, a minimum of 80 percent of the courses must be attended.

Structure and modules

The doctoral program consists of the execution and writing of an independent research paper as well as curricular parts amounting to 38 ECTS credits (ECTS-KP). The evidence of achievement for the curricular parts is provided in the form of written semester examinations.

Modules ECTS-KP
Module 1: Fundamentals of Scientific Work 8
Module 2: Specific Foundations Scientific Work 7
Module 3: Subject-Specific Area 5
Module 4: Specialist extension 3
Module 5: Communication and Presentation 5
Module 6: Biometrics and Statistics 5
Module 7: Scientific Forum 5
Total ECTS-KP (incl. performance records) 38

Doctoral Colloquium

The module "Scientific Forum" provides for four doctoral colloquia - "Scientific Report", "Progress Report", "Leistungsschau/Rehearsal I" and "Leistungsschau/Rehearsal II" - which serve for discussion amongst students and lecturers. Every student is obliged to attend the doctoral colloquia. In the first doctoral colloquium, an exposé of the planned dissertation must be presented. The subsequent colloquia will focus on content aspects.

Doctoral examination

The doctoral examination is open to the public. The doctoral examination consists of a lecture by the doctoral student on the dissertation topic and a survey in which the doctoral student must demonstrate in-depth knowledge in the field of the dissertation as well as teaching content.

Last updated May 2020

About the School

The UFL is a non-profit foundation (Art. 552ff of the Liechtenstein Persons and Companies Act) and has its headquarters in the municipality of Triesen. The Private University in the Principality of Li ... Read More

The UFL is a non-profit foundation (Art. 552ff of the Liechtenstein Persons and Companies Act) and has its headquarters in the municipality of Triesen. The Private University in the Principality of Liechtenstein (UFL) sees itself as a modern university educational institution and sees its task in independent teaching and research. With its accredited part-time doctoral programs in medical science and law, it is unique in the region. The UFL is committed to the concept of lifelong learning and organizes its courses exclusively on a part-time basis. Read less