36 months
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The Biology and Medicine program from University of Freiburg offers a dynamic interdisciplinary training program that prepares students for future scientific challenges. 


Key Features

Its ultimate goal is to create a top-notch "Life Scientist of the Future" who can assimilate knowledge and techniques from various disciplines as well as combine basic with translational research, biotechnology and drug development. In order to achieve this goal, the Biology and Medicine program from University of Freiburg follows four major strategies:

  • it relies on existing research and teaching programs in life sciences and interdisciplinary courses in "Novel Technologies" and "Soft Skills"
  • it has implemented an MD/PhD program which allows medical doctors to perform a PhD on projects at the interface of basic and translational research
  • an exchange program allows the best doctoral students to participate in research and teaching activities at partner universities abroad
  • doctoral students perform their research bearing in mind the DFG guidelines related to good scientific practice.

Our graduate school is built on superb research and teaching programs in Protein Structure and Function, Synthetic Biology and Signalling, Developmental Biology, Neurosciences, Immunology and Virology, Molecular Medicine and Molecular Plant Sciences. It has been established in close collaboration with several Research Training Groups (RTGs), an International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS), Collaborative Research Centres (CRCs) and the Bernstein Centre Freiburg (BCF). These training groups and research centers are led by internationally renowned scientists who are members of our graduate school. Doctoral students work in a high-profile research environment and attend lectures, seminars, workshops, symposia, regional meetings and annual retreats. The entire program is run in English. Furthermore, many SGBM members are also participating in the Clusters of Excellence CIBSS (Centre for Integrative Biological Signalling Studies), BIOSS (Centre for Biological Signalling Studies) and BL-BT (BrainLinks-BrainTools). SGBM, BIOSS and BrainLinks-BrainTools are very generously funded by the German Research Foundation as part of the Excellence Initiative.

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Advanced Biostatistics
  • Editing, Processing and Analysis of Scientific Images
  • Advanced Imaging Techniques in Microscopy
  • Imaging Techniques in Microscopy
  • Flow Cytometry
  • MIAP Advanced BioImage Analysis Workshop
  • Biostatistics
  • Galaxy HTS data analysis workshop

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines




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.

Student insurance

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  • Additional medical costs (i.e. dental)
  • Repatriation, if something happens to you or your family
  • Liability
  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

To apply to the PhD program candidates must hold an excellent recent university degree (Master or German Diploma) in either biology, biochemistry, chemistry, molecular medicine, pharmacy or biotechnology or related fields. Candidates about to obtain such a degree are welcome to apply.

Tuition Fee

Living costs for Freiburg

790 - 1100 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.

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