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PhD Program in Experimental Medicine

Since the winter semester 2012/2013, the Medical Faculty of the University of Tübingen has been offering a PhD course in Experimental Medicine. The target group are graduates of medical courses (human medicine, dentistry) and related subjects such as molecular medicine, medical technology, natural sciences, who are interested in an intensive scientific education and would like to prepare for work in the field of medical research and basic research.

After successful completion of the PhD programme, the academic degree of "Doctor of Philosophy" (PhD) is awarded by the Medical Faculty of the University of Tübingen.

The following brochure informs you about the PhD program:
PhD Program Brochure


Flexible deadline for applications, please contact Inka Montero

Contact persons

Dr. Inka Montero

Address: Faculty of Medicine
Geissweg 5
72076 Tübingen

Phone number: +49 7071 29-77929

E-mail address: phd@med.uni-tuebingen.de

Further information on the study programme

Within the framework of the study programme, the participants work on their dissertations through independent research activities and further qualify themselves by attending scientific courses.

The PhD research project is carried out in one of the institutes or clinics of the University Hospital Tübingen. It is scheduled to last for 3 years and results in a dissertation.

The course program consists of seminars and internships in the fields of oncology, immunology, infection research, neuroscience, vascular medicine/cardiology, medical imaging and medical technology and is complemented by a training program in scientific working techniques and key qualifications.

The professional guidance is provided by a promotion committee, which consists of one main supervisor and two further members.

The standard period of study of the PhD program is 3 years.

admission requirements

A prerequisite for admission is a degree in human medicine, dentistry or in a suitable master's degree course or university degree course with at least 4 years of standard study time, with above-average success.

Students of human medicine and dentistry from Tübingen can be admitted to the PhD programme after completing their first medical examination or preliminary dental examination. Within the framework of a double degree programme, they can also obtain training as a clinical doctor / dentist and the academic degree PhD.

Very good English language skills are required, as the courses take place in English.

Research experience, proven by awards and prizes, publications, poster presentations or lectures at congresses as well as certificates of laboratory work, can be of advantage for the application.

Application and admission procedure

Only complete applications that have been received by the Coordination Office by 06 January 2020 at the latest and meet the admission requirements can be considered in the selection procedure. Prerequisite for the application is the commitment of a university professor of the Medical Faculty Tübingen to supervise the doctorate. The exact requirements for the application can be found in the "application guidelines" (see pdf in the download area).

The deadline for applications is flexible due to the current situation, Please contact Inka Montero to agree on the time plannin of your application

The competition is divided into two stages: The evaluation of the written application and the personal interview.

Important dates
application deadlineupon agreement
interviewsupon agreement
Start of PhD programMid October 2020

The written application

The application must include an exposé for the planned research project and the confirmation of care of a habilitated member of the Faculty of Medicine.

Information on possible research projects can be obtained directly from the research group leaders. You can find an overview of the Tübingen institutes and clinics and their research priorities on our homepage.

The applications will be reviewed by a PhD Commission, after which some of the candidates will be invited for personal interviews with a selection committee.

The interview

The selection committee consists of three habilitated members of the Faculty of Medicine. The motivation and suitability of the applicant as well as the quality and feasibility of the planned project will be evaluated.

The applicant is expected to give a ten-minute presentation in English (e.g. Powerpoint, maximum 5 slides) about the planned research project. The presentation should include a brief overview of the academic education to date (studies, previous scientific activities), the scientific background of the question, objectives of the research project, a brief description of the methods used and a timetable.

The presentation will be followed by a 15-minute discussion in which the suitability of the candidate and the project itself will be questioned in detail.

selection criteria

  • Suitability of the project
  • Final grade for previous degrees
  • Previous scientific activities
  • Interview & Presentation

Here you will find information and forms about the PhD program:

Information andboothdownload
Order PhD Program Experimental Medicine13.12.2011pdf
Information brochure on the course of studies11.11.2014pdf
Application (guidelines and application form)13.01.2017pdf
Example word schedule (used for application)06.08.2015pdf
Doctoral candidate - advisor agreement13.01.2017pdf
Suggestions members doctoral committee13.01.2017pdf
Annual progress evaluation form13.01.2017pdf
Best practice guidelines PhDOct 2012 (updated version follows soon)pdf
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