Ph.D. On Campus

Infection Biology

Hannover Medical School

30 months
Tuition fee
Apply date
Start date


Starting in fall 2003, the Center for Infection Biology at Hannover Medical School launched the international PhD Program Infection Biology. In 2010, a new PhD program with the title "Dynamics of Host Pathogen Interactions - DEWIN" was launched. 


The 3-year Infection Biology programs at Hannover Medical School, with English as the teaching language, play a pivotal role in the training of young scientists in the field of infection biology. The objective of both programs is to investigate the complex interactions between host and pathogen as well as basic research with the combined tools of immunology, cell biology and molecular biology.

Learning outcomes

20 students from across the world are accepted each year after a rigorous selection procedure.  The study program Infection Biology is supported by the Wilhelm-Hirte Foundation, by scholarships provided by Hannover Medical School and through Georg-Christoph-Lichtenberg scholarships and administrative positions by the Ministry of Science and Culture of Lower Saxony. The first DEWIN-class was supported by Georg-Christoph-Lichtenberg scholarships.  Since Fall 2004, the European Union has participated in sponsoring PhD students via the elite program "Miditrain" which is funded by the EU "Marie Curie Actions" program.


Officially accredited/recognized by the Niedersächsisches Ministerium für Wissenschaft und Kultur (Ministry for Science and Culture of Lower Saxony), Medizinische Hochschule Hannover (MH-Hannover) is a small (enrollment range: 3,000-3,999 students) coeducational higher education institution. 

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Application of Real-time PCR
  • Basic Laboratory Animal Science
  • Bio Informatics
  • Digital Fluorescence microscopy techniques, confocal microscopy and cell transfection
  • Flow-cytometry
  • Gene technology
  • Immunohistology
  • Molecular typecasting of bacterial infection pathogenes.
  • Micro-Array, Cell Sorting
  • Preparation and normalisation of bacterial RNA for the selective capture of transcribed sequences [SCOTS]
  • Proteome analysis, digital fluorescence microscopy
  • Retroviral gene transfer
  • Subtractive panning of Phage peptide libraries

Soft-Skills Courses: 

  • PowerPoint presentation skills
  • Scientific writing
  • Stress management
  • Conflict management
  • Presentation techniques
  • Research skills development
  • Scientific English

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 30 months

Start dates & application deadlines




180 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • The 3-year study program is aimed at university post-graduates (MSc/Diploma or equivalent) in life science fields as well as those who have graduated in human or veterinary medicine. Candidates should be highly motivated, have an active interest in the field of infection biology and have experience of laboratory work.
  • English is the teaching and communication language of the program, therefore excellent English skills are a basic requirement. Proficiency is to be attested by certificates (TOEFL, IELTS etc.) or a short statement showing that you are a native speaker or have carried out higher-education studies in English. Your fluency will be assessed in the interview.

Tuition Fee

To alway see correct tuition fees
  • International

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 0 EUR per year during 30 months.
  • EU/EEA

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 0 EUR per year during 30 months.

Living costs for Hannover

740 - 1117 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

Our partners

Infection Biology
Hannover Medical School


Go to your profile page to get personalised recommendations!