PhD in Molecular Biology

University of Göttingen

Program Description

PhD in Molecular Biology

University of Göttingen

Key Features

The international Master's/PhD Molecular Biology Program is member of the Göttingen Graduate School for Neurosciences, Biophysics, and Molecular Biosciences (GGNB), funded by the German Excellence Initiative. It is offered by the Göttingen Center for Molecular Biosciences (GZMB) at the University of Göttingen, and is conducted jointly by the participating university departments and research groups, the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, the Max Planck Institute for Experimental Medicine, and the German Primate Center (DPZ). The intensive, research-oriented education qualifies the students for professional work in the fields of molecular and cellular biosciences.

The Molecular Biology Program is also recognized and funded as an International Max Planck Research School.

The program is open to students from Germany and from abroad, who hold a Bachelor's degree (or equivalent degree) in the biosciences, chemistry, medicine, or related fields. All courses are held in English. Scholarships are available. The academic year starts in mid-October, preceded by three weeks of orientation. Applications are welcome until January 15th of the year of enrollment.

Admission is only possible to the first segment of the program, not directly to the PhD program. Applicants interested only in a PhD project should consider applying to one of the Göttingen PhD programs in related disciplines (see participating institutions).

The first segment of the program comprises lectures, tutorials, seminars, methods courses, and independent research projects (laboratory rotations). As teaching in the first year follows an intensive schedule without semester breaks, it is possible to accumulate 90 credits (ECTS) in the first segment, allowing for admission to the Master's examinations at the end of the first year. Subsequently, two separate segments are offered:

PhD Program: Good to excellent results after the first year qualify for direct admission to a three-year doctoral project in one of the participating research groups. The Master’s thesis requirement is waived. After the successful defense of a doctoral thesis, the degree Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) or the equivalent title Doctor rerum naturalium (Dr. rer. nat.) is conferred.

MSc Program: Alternatively, students may conclude the program with a Master’s thesis, based on six months of experimental, scientific research. The degree Master of Science (MSc) is awarded upon successful completion of the Master’s thesis.

Special emphasis is placed on an all-round advisory service in both academic and extracurricular activities. For this service concept, the Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs awarded the program with the 2004 prize for excellent support services for foreign students at German universities. In October 2006, the Molecular Biology Master's program was awarded the label "Top 10 International Master's Degree Courses made in Germany". The award was granted by "Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft" together with the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) in a national contest, in which 121 Master's programs of 77 universities participated. Criteria for the award were the innovative concept, a high degree of internationalization, scientific excellence of teaching, measures of quality assurance, services and counseling, and the alumni record. Together with the Göttingen Neuroscience Program, the Molecular Biology program was the only Master's program in the natural sciences and medicine which received this award.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated December 19, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
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Oct. 2017
36 months
Full time
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The application period starts on September 15 and ends on January 15 of the year of enrollment.
Start date Oct. 2017
Germany Göttingen, Lower Saxony
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Duration 36 months
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