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Molecular Medicine, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #101 (ARWU) Göttingen, Germany
This Molecular Medicine (Ph.D.) programme from Georg-August-Universität Göttingen aims at an in-depth education in the translation of basic knowledge within molecular biosciences into applications regarding the prevention, diagnostics and therapy of human diseases.
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  • The Faculty of Medicine has a long tradition and is further expanding its programmes towards such research goals. The establishment of the Molecular Medicine (Ph.D.) programme from Georg-August-Universität Göttingen represents only the most recent effort of this kind. Established research focuses are represented by clinical and basic neurosciences, as well as research on the molecular basis of cardiovascular diseases. 
  • Established research focuses are represented by clinical and basic neurosciences, as well as research on the molecular basis of cardiovascular diseases. In addition, current efforts focus on cancer research, in particular the molecular regulatory processes pertaining to cancer as well as development and stem cell biology.
  •  Other major research topics include biochemistry, in particular intracellular compartmentalization and protein modifications, as well as infectious diseases and immunology. Cutting edge technology platforms are exemplified by facilities for transcriptome and proteome analysis; animal models including Drosophila, Xenopus, and rodents; life confocal microscopy; high content screening of cell morphology by automated microscopy and fluorescence activated cell sorting; and in vivo imaging. 

Detailed Programme Facts

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

Programme Structure

  • The programme provides PhD students with teaching experience in these disciplines and technologies. The candidates are expected to carry out a high-profile research project in one of the afore-mentioned disciplines, within a 3-year period of time. They will be supported by stringent supervision, thesis committees, methods courses and informal counselling.
  • Overall, the programme aims to support young scientists who address medically relevant problems with a sound background in basic sciences.

English Language Requirements

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General Requirements

  • Official Transcript / Record of Studies from all colleges/ universities attended.
  • Curriculum vitae, including achievements during Bachelor and Master studies, voluntary projects, and current research activities
  • (Short) description of the student’s motivation for entering the program and working on the proposed research topic
  • A statement whether the applicant has already applied for a PhD program before or in parallel, and whether s/he has participated in a PhD program before
  • A statement of the supervisor of the PhD project
  • Short project proposal (e. g. 2-3 pages), signed by the candidate and the future supervisor
  • Proof of proficiency in English, concerning applicants whose native language is not English. 

Tuition Fee

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Living costs for Göttingen

  • 730 - 1100 EUR/month
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