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Ph.D. Program at QBM, Munich, Germany

QBM seeks to train a cohort of young scientists who, while firmly anchored in their home discipline, are well versed in multiple approaches and styles of thought. The goal is for the students to get comfortable in communicating across traditional boundaries, especially across the divide between experiment and quantitative theory – to become, in effect, scientifically bi- or multilingual.To this end, the school offers an integrated interdisciplinary PhD program that consists of three main components:

1. An interdisciplinary research project which combines concepts and methods from different fields.

2. A substantial program of formal course work with a general and an individual component, centered around an interdisciplinary core course that covers key problems in bioscience from multiple perspectives.

3. Further activities to enhance students’ other transferable skills to succeed in science as a competitive profession.

The QBM doctoral program is fully Bologna compatible and leads to a Dr. rer. nat. or PhD degreeStudents submit their written thesis to the faculty of their PI and defend according to the regulations of the same faculty.


Applications are invited from MSc graduates from any relevant discipline (biochemistry, biophysics, (physical) chemistry, theoretical physics, mathematics, statistics, (bio)informatics) and any country who are interested in interdisciplinary research; we particularly encourage the application of women.

Please note that you must have completed your Master’s degree by the time you start the QBM program, but not necessarily at the time of application.

To qualify for the program, you need to complete your MSc degree with a certain minimum grade/score: within the German grading system, this is a score of 2.5; more generally, the minimum grade is the halfway point between the best possible grade that can be achieved at your University and the lowest passing grade.

Applicants have to submit:

  • academic record (high school, Bachelor and Master’s certificates and transcripts)
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • 2 brief essays – one describing the student’s prior research experience, the other describing the reasons for their interest in the QBM program and research goals
  • an indication of their specific research interests

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