MD/PhD program Molecular Medicine

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Fully accreditated in 2009 as the first PhD program in Germany according to European standards (ECTS), the MD/PhD program features an interdisciplinary curriculum leading to a PhD thesis after 3-4 years.

The program is a joint venture between the following institutions:

  • Hannover Medical School
  • Leibniz University Hannover
  • Fraunhofer Institute ITEM Hannover
  • Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research (HZI) Braunschweig
  • TWINCORE (Hannover)
  • NIFE (Hannover)


PhD topics cover a broad spectrum, including the following areas:

  • Immunology & Infection
  • Molecular & Cell Biology
  • Hematology & Oncology
  • Biochemistry & Structural Biology
  • Pathology
  • Stem Cell Research
  • and many more....(nearly all clinics / institutes doing molecular experimental research are involved ☺)

Faculty: more than 150 scientists (details)

Potential PhD students: Holders of an M.Sc. or equivalent degree in Medicine, Biology, Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Biomedicine etc.

Degree:  you will either receive a PhD or Dr.rer.nat. degree (later only for life scientists)

Medical students/graduates are invited to check MD/PhD education for more clinical training options. Please note that we only award a PhD title (not an "MD/PhD")

What we offer: Interesting projects, in-depth basic science seminars for the first two years, excellent structure and supervision. 

Next application deadline: March 1st, 2024. Online application from December 1st 2023 at