PhD in Medical Neurosciences

The PhD program takes an interdisciplinary approach to neurosciences linking basic and clinical brain research. Students will learn to describe and understand the physiology as well as the pathophysiology of the brain. 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.

Student Profile

We are looking for candidates who have a substantiated interest and experience in cell and molecular biology with a strong clinical connection in the field of Neuroscience. The ideal candidate can demonstrate an intense neuroscience education on the Master of Science level. He or she must be well-versed in subjects such as Neurochemistry, Neurobiology, Neuroinflammation, Neuroimmunology, Neuroanatomy, Neuroendocrinology and the like. Laboratory research experience is a prerequisite and ideally the applicant will already have published in the field. All our students need to exhibit a good amount of inquisitiveness, initiative and independent thinking.


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.

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Regulations concerning Studies and Exam (in German) and the handbook could be found in the download area.