About doctoral education at CRC

A doctoral (PhD) degree is the highest academic degree and it is earned after four years of doctoral education and passing a public defence based on the last edition of the regulatory for the PhD by research in Iran released on Jan. 2015 by Ministry of Health and Medical Education.

Publishing at least three original scientific papers on the destination is required for the PhD qualification.

PhD Programs

CRC’s doctoral programs reflect the research fields at CRC and span across department borders. Up to now the programs offered CRC’s doctoral students two following courses and other learning activities in these fields and thus contribute significantly to the excellent quality of the doctoral education at CRC:

  • Cancer Prevention and Epidemiology
  • Cancer Genetics

Curriculum of the above courses can be found here.



All PhD students are taking courses; both basic general courses and specific courses, as outlined in the study plan.

Courses in Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention

1- Cancer Epidemiology (2 Credits)

2- Cancer Prevention (2 Credits)

3- Molecular Epidemiology and Genetics in Cancer (2 Credits)

4- Survival Studies in cancer (1 Credits , Theory and Practice)

5- Biostatistics with R software (2 Credits, Theory and Practice)

Study proposals

The content of the doctoral studies is outlined in the individual study proposal written by the PhD student and supervisor together and approved by a juries and also CRC research board. The individual study proposal describes how the goals of the education will be achieved and consists of a research plan, a financing plan and description of the supervision.

The individual study plan is followed-up and the progress checked twice annually.


The faculties have been eligible to supervise PhD courses in CRC:

Mohammad Hossein Modarressi ; Professor in Genetics

Kazem Zendehdel; Associate Professor in Cancer Epidemiology 


Current PhD Students

Elham Mohebi, DVM, MPH


Mohammad Reza Rouhollahi, M.D



Maryam Beigom Mobasheri Demeneh


Mandana Afsharpad


Want to study at doctoral level at CRC?

To complete a doctoral education means to devote oneself to a research project under supervision of a faculty member and to follow an individual study plan. The doctoral student will also take courses and write a thesis.

Each doctoral student has their unique doctoral education, depending on the project, the supervisors and individual qualifications but striving toward the same overall learning objectives.

After completing their doctoral education at CRC, students are to have developed an advanced general knowledge of cancer research and related scientific methodologies, and cutting edge scientific skills in whatever research field they choose to explore for their final thesis.

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