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Konstanz Research School Chemical Biology, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #201 (WUR) Konstanz, Germany
The University of Konstanz Chemical Biology programme is an interdisciplinary graduate programme offering research projects in the highly relevant areas Synthetic Chemistry, Cellular Biochemistry, Biomedicine, Biophysics, and Computational Life Science.
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Are you highly motivated? Have you earned top marks in your previous studies? Do you want to find solutions to some of the great challenges of today's basic and applied research?

 A structured training programme from the University of Konstanz provides scientific as well as transferable skill courses. The Konstanz Research School Chemical Biology doctoral researchers benefit from our partnerships with academic institutions and leading companies around the world.

Detailed Programme Facts

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

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Synthetic Chemistry

Progress in the field of Chemical Biology very much depends on a symbiotic research approach based on advancing Chemistry and its combination with Biology. 

  • Cellular Biochemistry

A key characteristic of living organisms is their ability to adapt their metabolism to changes in environmental conditions. 

  • Biomedicine

Elucidating the basic molecular mechanisms and general principles in disease biology rely on chemical tools and approaches to dissect pathological processes and to open up avenues for therapeutic treatments.

  • Biophysics

Information derived from structural and dynamic investigations of proteins and their interaction with other molecules form the basis for an understanding of their biochemical and physiological functions.

  • Computational Life Science

In the past years, the fields of Cell Biology, Structural Biology, Proteomics, and Genomics have witness production of bioinformatics information.

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


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General Requirements

  • To qualify for admission, you should hold a master's degree (or equivalent) in Biology, Chemistry, Life Science, or related subjects. 
  •  maximum of three PhD projects you are interested in, and ranked by your preference
  • A motivation letter (max. 500 words)
  • Contact details for two academic references (please note that we will contact them during the application process ourselves)
  • Curriculum vitae (only accepted in chronological order)
  • Copy of your bachelor's and master's degree certificates (or equivalent) incl. transcripts of records
  • Proven proficiency in English: at least level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference 

Tuition Fee

Living costs for Konstanz

  • 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.


KoRS-CB Fellowship: The Konstanz Research School Chemical Biology offers scholarships (1.450 € monthly) up to three years for excellent applicants.

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) offers scholarships and provides a database of scholarship sources on its website. Useful links to further scholarship sources are:
  • Scholarship Database of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
  • (BMBF) (in German)
  • Doctoral Students Portal of the University of Konstanz: Funding Opportunities

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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