The curriculum consists of the educational course offerings of the PhD BmEL, which are divided into several modules.

Doctorate committee BmEL RWF

The doctorate committee Biomedical Ethics and Law of the Faculty of Law (BmEL RWF) is responsible for acceptance procedures, appointing doctorate conferral committees, and deciding whether to grant credit for previously completed work and credit points.

Doctoral agreement

The doctoral agreement is a written agreement between the doctoral candidate and the doctorate conferral committee. It serves as an instrument to clarify the goal, process, time period, manner, and extent of advising and mentoring and the other general conditions of the doctoral program.

Main advisor

The main advisor takes on the role of doctoral thesis supervisor and constant contact person. Professors, emeriti, and private lecturers of the Faculty of Law may become main advisors of doctoral students.

ECTS Credits

ECTS Credits (credit points) express the volume of work the doctoral student must complete to attain the goal of the PhD BmEL. One credit point corresponds to a workload of 25 to 30 hours.

Record of study

A record of study must be obtained for each module. A record of study consists of an oral or written exam, written term paper, academic publication, report, presentation, or record, as long as it substantiates a verifiable active contribution.

Records of study are evaluated as "passed" (bestanden) or "failed" (nicht bestanden). If a record of study is evaluated as passed, the credit points designated in the doctorate regulations will be granted. The person responsible for the module will evaluate the record of study unless agreed otherwise; in exceptional cases, the main advisor may do so.


The modules consist of colloquia, courses, conferences, lecture courses, workshops, summer schools, mentoring programs, teaching services, practical training, and university continuing education offers. There are compulsory modules which are mandatory for everyone and elective modules which can be selected from a predetermined list (elective category).

Doctorate conferral committee

The doctorate conferral committee consists of the main advisor and at least one other advisor. It is responsible for framing and adjusting the doctoral agreement.