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Experimental Medicine, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #151 (ARWU) Tübingen, Germany
The PhD program in Experimental Medicine at University of Tübingen is intended for the best international students in natural sciences and medicine. For medical doctors seeking an MD/PhD double degree, our program allows you to combine your drive to work as a clinical fellow (including the required internships) with your enthusiasm for active participation in clinical or basic medical research.
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The multidisciplinary training within the Experimental Medicine at the University of Tübingen is offered by representatives and experienced teaching staff of the research focus areas of the Faculty of Medicine Tübingen. The elective program includes innovative techniques like problem-based learning courses, case studies and lab rotations. Training is further strengthened by taking advantage of the diverse networks between the research areas and access to state-of-the-art research facilities.

With the program, we have responded to the evolving demands of preparing tomorrow’s medical science professionals, including state-of-the-art experience in a specialized research area, sound multidisciplinary proficiency, the establishment of networks with peers and collaborators and active participation in scientific discussions and communications.


The main component is the individual research project to be submitted in the form of a doctoral thesis. Research projects are carried out in hospitals and institutes of the Faculty of Medicine or the Faculty of Science at the Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen. These projects must promise a significant impact on medical research.

As a doctoral candidate, you will

  • pursue your research project independently,
  •  solve defined scientific problems within a set period of time,
  • using suitable methods
  •  develop new ideas
  •  acquire new skills, tools and knowledge
  •  cooperate with colleagues
  • communicate your research questions and results.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Credits
    180 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Infection Medicine & Microbiology
  • Immunology
  • Oncology
  • Neurosciences
  • Cardiology & Vascular Medicine
  • Imaging Science
  • Biomedical Engineering

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

  • The prerequisite for admission is a degree in human medicine, dentistry or in suitable master's programs or university courses with a minimum of 4 years of standard duration of studies, which has been completed with above-average success.
  • Tuebingen students of human medicine and dentistry can already be admitted to the PhD program after completing the first medical exam or preliminary dental exam and gain a degree as a clinical physician / dentist and a PhD degree as part of a double degree program.
  • Very good English language skills are required as the courses are predominantly in English.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    3000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1500 EUR per semester and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per semester and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Tübingen

  • 630 - 1000 EUR/month
    Living Costs

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


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