Doctoral Program

In this section you find information on how to apply for a

  • PhD
  • MD/PhD

position as well as a short overview of the structure of the programs.

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Doctoral Studies in Medical Neurosciences: PhD and MD/PhD

The doctoral program takes an interdisciplinary approach to neurosciences linking basic and clinical brain research. The program prepares students for careers at the interface of bench and bedside in the academic neurosciences as well as in the application oriented biomedical industry.

PhD in Medical Neurosciences

  1. Complete our PhD program
  2. Publish your Research results either as Cumulative Thesis or Monograph

MD/PhD in Medical Neurosciences:

  1. Complete our PhD program
  2. Publish your Research results either as Cumulative Thesis or Monograph
  3. Obtained a German medical degree (Arzt) or an equivalent


The central part of the PhD program is the PhD project. For three years you will work in a research group conducting experiments, discussing results in your group, reading up on the literature and publishing. In additon, a PhD curriculum will expose you to important neuroscientific topics outside your immediate research focus. Besides courses or symposia you choose to attend,the program offers two one-week PhD training courses per year. Topics can range from "Quantification of Damage in the CNS" to "Basic and Clinical Neuroimmunology" and take into consideration PhD student suggestions. Complementary or professional skills like scientific writing or giving presentations are also planned. Once a year, our PhD students must organize an international PhD symposium, which simultaneously serves as progress control. First year students are in charge of the organization, second and third year students have to present their work to date in the form of a talk or a poster presentation.

In addition, lecture series, seminars, symposia, journal clubs, etc. are offered to our PhD students. This allows for either further focus and theoretical background in your research area or for expanding your neuroscientific horizon by delving into other topics.

Please go to admission for application details.