Advanced ImmunoMedicine, Ph.D.

Ph.D.-Program Advanced ImmunoMedicine


The objectives of the international doctoral program PhAMe are the structured and research-intensive training of Clinician Scientists or Medical Scientists to deepen and broaden their qualifications and knowledge in the field of cutting-edge immunomedicine with a translational orientation. The program enables suitable candidates to obtain an internationally recognized degree (Ph.D.) in “Advanced Immunomedicine” at the Faculty of Medicine.

Target groups

The PhAMe doctoral program is aimed at candidates with research experience and interest who have completed their medical studies or a related master’s degree (e.g. biology, biomedicine, immunology, molecular medicine). The program is expressly intended for licensed physicians. The Faculty of Medicine has numerous support programs (e.g. IZKF, Clinician Scientist Program) that also enable residents to complete the PhAMe program while still in clinical training.

Admission requirements

Mandatory requirements for the admission process are:

  • A completed medical degree or related master’s degree.
  • Proof of excellent academic performance
    • Medical students: Minimum grade of 2.5.
    • Master students: Top 20% of their respective cohort.
  • Fixed supervision and funding commitment by a research group leader of the Medical Faculty.

Only if all above mentioned proofs are available, the application for the admission process can be submitted.

Admission to the qualification assessment procedure

Provided that the above requirements are verifiably met, the candidate will be invited to a personal selection interview with presentation of the individual research project and subsequent discussion. Admission to the doctoral program is based on research experience and motivation, project presentation and the relevant theoretical background. Application and registration for the study program “Advanced Immunomedicine” is done via the central portal

Program duration and structure

The program is modular and consists of a total of 180 ECTS credits, which are divided into 30 ECTS theoretical-practical curriculum and 150 ECTS credits of research work and the actual Ph.D. thesis. The program can be completed full-time (6 semesters) or part-time (12 semesters).

Program content

The PhD program focuses on translationally oriented research with emphasis on immunomedical topics such as pathogenesis, diagnostics and therapy. The accompanying curriculum teaches basic as well as practical aspects of modern research approaches and methods with a focus on high technologies available on campus. The program concludes with a written dissertation thesis and subsequent defense.