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From BSc or MSc to PhD:

Flexible PhD tracks at GGNB

From BSc or MSc to PhD: Flexible PhD tracks at GGNB

The graduate school GGNB comprises twelve doctoral programs separated into two main categories:

  • integrated MSc/PhD programs admitting students with a Bachelor's degree (with 'fast track' option)

  • thematically focused PhD programs admitting students with a Master's degree


MSc/PhD Programs in GGNB include a first year of broad, research-oriented training, followed by a Master's examination. Depending on the examination results the student can either directly enter PhD studies ('fast track'), or complete an MSc degree prior to entering the PhD phase.
For information on the MSc/PhD programs please visit the following websites:

MSc/PhD Program Molecular Biology»
MSc/PhD/MD-PhD Program Neurosciences»

PhD Programs are thematically focused and unite doctoral researchers and faculty members with shared scientific interests.
For information on the PhD programs please visit the following websites:

'Biomolecules: Structure - Function - Dynamics'»
Research focuses on the structure, function and dynamics of biological macromolecules and macromolecular assemblies, with particular emphasis on the cellular function of proteins, membranes and protein-nucleic acid complexes.

'Molecular Biology of Cells'»
This program unites research activities aimed at an integrated view of the cell and its regulatory networks, with the leading question how "subcellular modules" of cells interact and function at the level of genetic information, regulation, physiology and topology.

'Genes and Development'»
The research activities focus on (I) Protein and RNA modifications that function as molecular switches during development, (II) the generation of cellular asymmetries that cause cell fate diversity in developing organisms, and (III) organogenesis including homeostatic and circadian regulation.

'Microbiology and Biochemistry'»
The program focuses on the study of microbial model systems ranging from prokaryotes to eukaryotic microbes, including interactions between microorganisms and multicellular organisms including biotechnologically relevant microorganisms.

'Emerging Infectious Diseases'»
The goal of the program "Leibniz Graduate School for Emerging Infectious Diseases (EIDIS)" is to provide young scientists with an excellent training in the area of novel pathogens and to improve the cooperation between the laboratories working in this field, thereby enabling research to adequately meet future challenges. The graduate school is a joint operation of researchers in Marburg and Göttingen. At both locations, research is focused on novel pathogens and excellent structures for the training of young scientists have been established.

'Physics of Biological and Complex Systems'»
The program aims at advancing the quantitative and molecular understanding of life processes while at the same time exploring new frontiers of physics. Raising biological research towards a quantitative level requires biophysical research at molecular, cellular, and supracellular levels.

'Molecular Physiology of the Brain'»
The program is associated with the Cluster of Excellence Center for Nanoscale Microscopy and Molecular Physiology of the Brain (CNMPB) and focuses on neurodegenerative diseases, neurodevelopmental disorders, and the development of innovative microscopy to depicting molecular processes within living cells with high spatio-temporal resolution to better understand neurobiological disease mechanisms.

'Sensory and Motor Neuroscience'»
Research and training in this program focus on cellular mechanisms of normal and impaired sensory processing, on the modulation and plasticity of sensory and motor function and on sensorimotor transformation and goal-directed behavior.

'Systems Neuroscience'»
The scientific profile of the program comprises (I) Translational neuroscience enabling the transfer of results from basic science to human diseases. (II) Functional brain imaging techniques with EEG/MRI labs for use on humans and experimental animals. (III) Primates as model organisms with the German Primate Center providing unique opportunities for systems level research.

'Theoretical and Computational Neuroscience'»
The main research theme in this program is the role of cooperative dynamics of neuronal systems in adaptive information processing. Individual research projects cover the entire range of hierarchical levels of nervous system organization from cellular function to behavioral control.

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