Max Delbrueck Centre for Molecular Medicine

International PhD Program Molecular Cell biology

International PhD Program Molecular Cell Biology


Robert Roessle Str. 10

Berlin, Berlin 13125


Program Information

Degree Offered:

Dr. rer. nat. or PhD in Medical Neuroscience. The MDC is a research institution in the Helmholtz Association and as such not entitled to award the doctoral degree. For this reason we work in close collaboration with our partner universities in Berlin, Humboldt-Universitt and Freie Universitt. MDC doctoral students enrolled at one of our partner universities must conduct their doctoral studies according to the regulations and guidelines of the respective university. Students can opt to graduate at any other university, provided that this university agrees to a joint supervision with the MDC. German university departments in life sciences currently award a Dr. rer. nat. which is the equivalent to the American PhD.

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The International PhD Programme was established in 2003 as collaboration of the Max Delbrueck Centre for Molecular Medicine (MDC) and the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (HU). The programme provides exceptional research opportunities and in-depth interdisciplinary training in the field of molecular medicine as the foundation of modern medicine. Research areas include: *cancer biology & immunology, *cardiovascular & metabolic research *developmental biology, *medical systems biology & bioinformatics *structural biology * neurobiology We offer, alongside outstanding research training and interdisciplinary platform for structured PhD training to all doctoral students at the MDC. The program currently supports 350 students, one third of whom come from abroad. Tuition fees in Germany are moderate, because the universities and the MDC receive funding from the German government. There are no tuition fees for PhD students of the MDC. The only fee required is a registration fee at the university, which amounts to around 550 euro per year or 285 euro per semester including a semester ticket for public transport in Berlin.


The program is funded by the Helmholtz Association, the largest research scientific organization in Germany

Facts & Figures

In State Tuition (per year): 500 EUR