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What will I learn?

After a three-year doctoral program, the title Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) or Dr. rer. nat. respectively can be earned. Alternatively, after successful completion of both their medical studies and the Ph.D. study program, medical students may apply for the degree of a “Medical Doctor – Doctor of Philosophy” (MD-Ph.D.). Due to the lack of a semester structure, the integration of different subjects into a consistently structured curriculum, and the possibility to directly change to the doctoral program without writing a Master’s thesis, the duration of study is shortened. All courses are held in English.

The study program is divided into two segments. The first year comprises 36 weeks of lectures, tutorials, seminars, methods courses, and individually supervised research projects. Laboratory rotations and individual supervision as well as the involvement of lecturers from the Max Planck Institutes and the German Primate Center in the teaching assure a combination of theory, practical projects, and intensive research work. The first study year ends with one written and two oral examinations which qualify for the Master’s thesis. The Master’s thesis can be waived for students who have passed these examinations with good or excellent results so that they can change to the three-year doctoral program directly.

In the postgraduate segment of the program, the student is accompanied by a ‘thesis committee’, consisting of the supervisor of the thesis and two additional faculty members of the study program. Also the participation in scientific conferences and courses at an early stage as well as the publishing in international journals are part of the prerequisites for graduation. The graduate program encourages research stays in and co operations with external guest laboratories.

Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
Semester fees: For Winter - €355.31 (includes Administration fees, Student body fees, Railway Ticket fees, Bus Ticket fees, Culture Ticket fees, Studentenwerk fee)
Start date

Expected October 2022

Venue

University of Gottingen

Wilhelmsplatz 4,

GOTTINGEN,

Lower Saxony,

37073, Germany

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Student must have Master degree or equivalent in relevant fields.

For international students

Applicants must hold a Bachelor's degree (or an equivalent degree) in biology, medicine, physics, or related fields.

For students from non-English speaking countries, English language proficiency equivalent to level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages is required. A level of B1 in German is recommended. TOEFL iBT: 79 – 93 IELTS: 6.5

Application deadline: January 15th of year of enrolment

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