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Doctoral program in Medical Sciences

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Doctor of Philosophy in Medical Sciences

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8 semesters

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26/07/2024 - 27/09/2024

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March 2025

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Program Description

The Program is characterized by its curriculum focused on translational and clinical research. The doctoral theses are developed in different areas of health, stimulating internationalization through internships, co-supervision with high-level researchers in other universities, and promoting the development of interdisciplinary doctoral theses with other faculties. 

Years of Accreditation

  • Six years, up to November 2028

Program Objectives

The objective of the Program is to train physicians and graduates in disciplines related to Medicine who opt for advanced studies with a strong emphasis on biomedical scientific research, from those oriented to the disease or the patient to research in preventive medicine and public health. The Program will enable students to join the search for and application of new knowledge in Medicine through scientific training at a higher level, which implies the acquisition of advanced knowledge in a critical and dynamic context, and rigorous training in the scientific method, both in its theoretical bases and in practical and methodological aspects (Art. 3° of the Regulations of the Doctoral Program in Medical Sciences, PDCM). In this way, the PDCM will contribute to the development of Medical Sciences in Chile, with the idea of generating a supply of researchers with solid training for Medical Schools and research institutes.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates will be qualified to carry out original and independent scientific research oriented to the diseases, especially studying its etiopathogenic elements, and oriented to the patient, critically exploring the application of new biomedical knowledge to the diagnosis, treatment, or prevention of diseases.

Learning goals have been identified and defined to operationalize the expected doctoral training to fulfill the learning outcomes. Thus, at the end of the Doctoral Program, graduates are expected to be able to:

  • Develop cutting-edge translational and clinical research, which will allow them to innovate in developing new strategies for the study of mechanisms, detection, treatment, or prevention of diseases.
  • Lead research teams that allow developing rigorous and competitive research, obtaining funding for their research.
  • Integrate knowledge of basic and applied sciences to the clinical development of health sciences.
  • Practice teaching, especially in the thesis direction of undergraduate and graduate students during their research training.
  • Conceptualize and report their original research and accomplishments competitively to satisfy peer review and evaluation and impart knowledge to audiences outside of translational research in the medical sciences.
  • Conduct themselves according to sound ethical principles when conducting research.

Research Areas

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Pediatrics, Immunology, and Virology

Obstetrics, Perinatology, and Neonatology

Cardiovascular diseases and alterations of hemostasis.


Nutrition, Metabolism, and Digestive System


Intensive Care Medicine

Regenerative Medicine and Organ Transplantation

Application Requirements

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  1. To hold a Bachelor’s and/or Master’s Degree in Medicine, or other disciplines of the biomedical and/or health sciences.
  2. To demonstrate vocation and aptitude for a scientific career related to Medicine and suitability to comply with the requirements of the Program.
  3. To submit a written statement of purpose explaining the applicants’ interest in the program and their academic objectives to pursue doctoral studies, as well as the commitments of dedication that they are subscribing (Download here).
  4. Curriculum Vitae (Download here).
  5. Transcripts of university studies and of previous titles and degrees.
  6. Certificate of placement or ranking of the students among the graduates of the last 5 years. This requirement may exceptionally be omitted in the case of applicants coming from foreign or national universities that do not provide a certificate of placement or ranking.
  7. Previously developed research activities and photocopies of publications.
  8. Two letters of recommendation sent in a sealed envelope directly to the Program Director (Download here).
  9. Any additional information that the applicants consider relevant.

Graduation Requirements

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Additional requirements for obtaining the doctoral degree (in accordance with the program regulations, Rector Office’s Decree Nº160/2019).            

  • To demonstrate English language proficiency equivalent to B2 level (Independent User) (CPD0100 PLACEMENT ENGLISH TEST and CPD8000 SUFFICIENCY ENGLISH TEST).
  • To have passed three transversal Skills Workshops, one of which should be in ethics and the other in teaching skills. (CPD0002 RESEARCH ETHICS AND INTEGRITY WORKSHOP and CPD0007 TEACHING SKILLS DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP)
  • To be the main author of an ISI article under review (MDO4041 SCIENTIFIC ARTICLE).
  • To have completed an internship abroad as part of their thesis. (MDO4042 INTERNATIONAL INTERNSHIP).
  • Have completed two thesis follow-up activities (MDO4061 and MDO4081)

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