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PhD thematic programs

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Thematic Programmes

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Programme structure

PhD (UN94) Programme structure

Duration: 6 Semester (180 ECTS)
Degree: PhD

Focus of the Ph.D. programs

Our research focuses on five core areas: Immunology, Cancer research and Oncology, Neuroscience, Cardiovascular medicine, and Medical imaging. We place great emphasis on interdisciplinary research. For us, it’s natural that medical scientists work together with researchers from other disciplines such as physics, chemistry, or mathematics to find joint solutions in research projects. Our doctoral studies are bundled in thematic programmes and offer a wide selection of interdisciplinary research projects to choose from. Our researchers and research groups are as diverse as our research, and this makes our work extremely exciting.

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Cardiovascular tissue regeneration and repair

The PhD program "Cardiovascular tissue regeneration and repair" enables a deep understanding of cardiovascular tissue pathologies and elaborates current methods, experimental techniques and future perspectives on tissue regeneration and repair, supported by the experience of top researchers lecturing in this field.


Endocrinology and Metabolism

The thematic program is to train students for research and scientific understanding in the field of endocrinology and metabolism.



Our aim is to educate scientists in the field of immunology, allergology and infectiology to perform innovative research and prepare them for a successful scientific career within academia and/or industry or other science-related career paths.

Infection Biology

The program encompasses the entire spectrum of pathogens and covers multiple aspects of infection, from microbiology and infection biology to infection prevention, treatment and post-infection disorders.

Inflammation and Immunity

Students on the "Inflammation and Immunity" doctoral programme are involved in research projects in basic and translational immunobiology and receive in-depth training at the interface between basic research, bioinformatics and applied medical research.


Malignant Diseases

Students in the Malignant Diseases PhD programme conduct original research in cancer biology under the supervision of a faculty member and acquire the skills necessary to be a leader in cancer research.

Medical Imaging

Medical imaging is a cornerstone of modern precision medicine. Medical imaging research bridges the gap between basic and clinical science, serving the common goal of developing and evaluating novel techniques for the image-based assessment and image-guided treatment of a wide spectrum of diseases. This PhD program aims to train the next generation of researchers from a wide variety of scientific disciplines, such as radiology, nuclear medicine, ophthalmology, medical physics, molecular biology and (radio)chemistry, and computer science.

Medical Informatics, Biostatistics and Complex Systems

We furnish and support all fields of medicine with Data Science of various kinds: Medical statistics, study planning and lifetime analysis, bioinformatics, artificial intelligence and decision making, compartment models, molecular dynamics, network medicine, complexity science, clinical databases and outcome research.

Medical Physics

Medical Physics is a branch of applied physics that uses concepts and methods of physics to help diagnose and treat human disease.

Molecular Signal Transduction

The PhD Program “Molecular Signal Transduction” provides outstanding training opportunities for the understanding of the molecular physiology of cellular signal transduction and pathological alterations therein.



This programme allows young students to become part of the next generation top-educated neuroscientists with the appropriate skills and qualifications to meet future challenges. The PhD-students work on cutting-edge research projects and get a broad stat-off-the-art neuroscience education.


RNA Biology

The RNA Biology PhD track, provides state-of-the-art training in RNA Biology covering all classes of RNAs.


Signaling Mechanisms in Cellular Homeostasis

SMICH investigates how signaling mechanisms impact homeostasis and cell fate transitions in cell-free, cell-based, and organismal systems.


Vascular Biology

The Vascular Biology PhD program provides cutting-edge training in the physiology and pathophysiology of the cardiovascular system. The vasculature has an integral function in tissue homeostasis and interorgan communication - more than 70% of all deaths worldwide are a result of vascular dysfunction. Major topics include basic, translational, and clinical research efforts on mechanisms and risk factors of cardiovascular diseases and thrombosis.