PhD overview

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PhD overview

Our program provides outstanding students with excellent research-oriented interdisciplinary training in Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Developmental Biology, Epigenetics, Immunobiology and Molecular Biology. We train students to become self-reliant and to acquire and utilize the knowledge necessary for their research project. Students have the chance to interact with experts in various fields both to extend their scientific knowledge and to learn critical thinking as well as acquire problem-solving skills.

The IMPRS fellows have 3 to 4 years to obtain their degree. Most of this time they work on their individually supervised research project. In addition to the experimental part all fellows have a possibility and are obliged to participate in curricular activities of the programme. These are:

  • scientific and soft skills courses
  • institute seminars
  • PhD retreat
  • supervision of undergraduate students
  • conference attendance
  • career evenings

Our students receive student contracts according to the guidelines by the Max Planck Society for the duration of their PhD (3-4 years). The payment is sufficient to cover the monthly living costs in Freiburg. There are no tuition fees to be paid.

Overview of PhD at IMPRS-IEM

This diagram summarizes the various offerings for IMPRS-IEM students. Yellow - prePhD phase and University interactions; Green - Thesis Advisory Committee (TACs); Orange - mandatory IMPRS-MCB curriculum; Red - University requirements; Pink - Language classes; Purple - Institute Seminars; Blue - PhD retreat and conferencesNote: The graphic shows the timeline for a fall start date. Students accepted in 2020 will begin their thesis in May 2020 and the courses will shift accordingly. Zoom Image
This diagram summarizes the various offerings for IMPRS-IEM students. Yellow - prePhD phase and University interactions; Green - Thesis Advisory Committee (TACs); Orange - mandatory IMPRS-MCB curriculum; Red - University requirements; Pink - Language classes; Purple - Institute Seminars; Blue - PhD retreat and conferences
Note: The graphic shows the timeline for a fall start date. Students accepted in 2020 will begin their thesis in May 2020 and the courses will shift accordingly. [less]