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Neurosciences, Doctorate

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University rank #44 (WUR) Heidelberg, Germany
The main goal of the Doctoral programme of the Interdisciplinary Center for Neurosciences at the University of Heidelberg is to promote the quality of science performed by its members, boost collaboration, provide joint service units, and contribute to the integration of basic and clinical neurosciences.
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 Accordingly, the Doctoral programme of the Interdisciplinary Center for Neurosciences at the University of Heidelberg provides research opportunities in the fields of Neuroanatomy, Neurobiology, Clinical Neurobiology, Neurophysiology, Developmental Neuroscience, Behavioural Neuroscience, Computational Neuroscience and Medical Cell Biology.

Thesis Supervision

In addition to day-to-day supervision, each doctoral student has a thesis advisory committee consisting of the leader of the group in which a majority of the thesis work is conducted, and two additional advisors, who supervise the student’s research. 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Methods courses include: 

  • Biochemistry Center 
  • Center for Biomedicine and Medical Technology Mannheim
  • Neurobiology
  • Neurophysiology
  • Neurosurgery
  • Medical Cell Biology

Programme requirements will be confirmed as having been fulfilled by the advising groupleader or lecturer and recorded in a protocol provided to the student upon being accepted for doctoral studies in the Faculty of Biological Sciences. 

After finishing the thesis, the completed protocol must be signed by the programme coordinator and presented to the Dekanat in order to register for the final doctoral examination. 

Any doctoral student who has not completed all doctoral programme requirements will not be allowed to take the examination.

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

  • Applicants must hold a Master's, Diploma or equivalent degree.
Guidelines and requirements for the doctoral thesis are set forth in the „Promotionsordnung“ of the University of Heidelberg for the Faculty of Biological Sciences and the Faculty of Medicine. The „Promotionsordung“ stipulates that all doctoral students of the Faculty of Biological Sciences are obliged to participate in a doctoral student programme.

Tuition Fee

Living costs for Heidelberg

  • 922 - 1400 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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