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AMSE, ORPHEUS and WFME are delighted to report the completion of the Standards for the PhD degree in biomedicine project, in which the three organisations worked to create a set of standards for the PhD degree in biomedicine and the health sciences, building on the pioneering work of ORPHEUS in this area.

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AMSE, ORPHEUS and WFME are delighted to report the completion of the Standards for the PhD degree in biomedicine project, in which the three organisations worked to create a set of standards for the PhD degree in biomedicine and the health sciences, building on the pioneering work of ORPHEUS in this area.
Quality assurance is becoming of increasing importance in the internationalisation of research and higher education and the need for and value of internationally accepted standards as a tool for reforms and quality improvement are generally recognised. This applies also to PhD programmes.
As the PhD is an international degree the level of the thesis and content within PhD programmes requires more definition. This is amplified as mobility between countries increases. As a result there is a need for standards to specify what is meant by a PhD, this is the purpose of the, Standards for PhD Education in Biomedicine and Health Sciences in Europe, document.
The Task Force for the project first met in Zagreb in October 2010. The standards outlined have since been agreed by all three organisations and have been published in, Standards for PhD Education in Biomedicine and Health Sciences in Europe. These standards are to be discussed further at the WFME World Conference in Malmö in November 2012, to see if they might be developed to have world-wide applicability.

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