The qualification programme for the MD and PhD students is embedded in the framework of the PhD Molecular Medicine programme which is part of the "Göttingen Graduate School for Neurosciences, Biophysics, and Molecular Biosciences" (GGNB). GGNB is part of the Georg-August University School of Science (GAUSS), the degree-awarding body for all doctoral students of the mathematics and natural science faculties. It is a joint enterprise between six faculties of the University (Medicine, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Agricultural Sciences and Forestry & Forest Ecology), the Max Planck Institutes for Biophysical Chemistry, Experimental Medicine and Dynamic and Self Organization as well as the German Primate Centre. GAUSS defines the general regulations for all graduate schools and programs in mathematics and natural sciences, and formally approves all ordinary faculty members and each of the doctoral programs.

By embedding the International Research Training Group into the GAUSS - GGNB - PhD Molecular Medicine programme a synergistic effect of both initiatives is created, which enhances the attractiveness of the programme by offering a wide range of training modules.


PhD curriculum

The PhD programme is a three-year curriculum according to the standing orders of GAUSS. The students perform their independent projects in the various research groups and are trained in common training activities, seminars and courses. The coursework is calculated according to the European Credit Transfer Accumulation System (ECTS). In case of the PhD programme the obligatory part is equivalent to 20 credites.

MD curriculum

The MD programme is a one-year curriculum. The qualification programme for the MD students is designed to support excellent Medical students during their dissertation to finish a thesis, which is at least equivalent to a Master of Science and qualifies the students to apply for a subsequent PhD training. In case of the MD programme the pbligatory part is equivalent ot 5 credits.

Exchange programme to the partner institution

Long-term (one or more with an overall duration of 6-12 months (PhD) or 1-3 months (MD)) reciprocal research visits between Göttingen and London are a key element of the International Research Training Group. The rotation is meant to support the collaborative aspect of the research projects and the joined training.

Thesis Committee

Every student is guided and supported by a Thesis Committee, which consists of a Faculty member of each partner institution. The main impact in the training cooperation between the Heart Centre Göttingen and the King´s College London will be the joint supervision. To foster cross-collaboration between the projects of the International Research Training Group, one additional Faculty member/principal investigator is included in the Thesis Committee.

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