Saarland University Faculty of Medicine
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Doctoral program (thesis and courses)

Students who have passed the examinations at the end of the training period qualify for direct admission to a 2.5-year doctoral project in one of the participating research groups.

During the doctoral program each of the graduate students will be advised by a thesis committee. Optimized counselling together with progress reports and intensive training in small groups are designed to shorten the program and to facilitate independent research activities of the graduate students.  All courses will be held in English and students from all over the globe are invited to apply to the graduate program. Invitations of foreign scientists, international meetings and laboratory visits will strengthen the student`s scientific education and set the stage for building a network of research activities, paving the student`s way to a successful, internationally-oriented scientific career.

Laboratory work is complemented by a PhD curriculum in which the student can choose various courses, which are suitable with respect to her/his special area of study:

  • Scientific colloquia


  • Interactive method seminars


  • Practical courses for specialists


  • Congresses and laboratory visits

At the end of the PhD program, a doctoral thesis is submitted in the traditional format. The degree of a "Doctor of Philosophy" (Ph.D.) or, alternatively, "Doctor of Natural Sciences" (Dr. rer. nat.) will be awarded after successful defense of the doctoral thesis.

German Classes

During the program language courses in German are offered in cooperation with the "International Office" of the Saarland University. The language courses are offered on the beginner's and advanced levels. They are optional and intended to facilitate the start in Homburg. All language courses offered to students of the graduate research school are free of tuition fees.