Our PhD programme is international and open to all students holding a Master of Science (MSc) degree, or equivalent, in biology, biochemistry, genetics, molecular biology, microbiology, bioinformatics, chemistry, physics or related fields. Applications will be considered even if the degree is not conferred until the programme starts in autumn of the respective year. Applicants holding an extended (at least 4-year) Bachelor degree may also qualify for the admission to the programme, but as a rule they need to attend additional courses at the Philipps-Universität Marburg.
The programme is taught in English, therefore all candidates need to demonstrate good working proficiency in English, and - unless they are native English speakers - provide evidence for this (e.g. IELTS, TOEFL). German is not a requirement for the programme, but German language classes are offered to students from abroad. Download our poster.
We are only accepting applications through our online application system, which is open from December 1st 2017 until January 31st 2018. Please do not send any application by regular mail or email, as they have to be rejected. In addition, we can only consider fully completed applications, including all requested documents and supplied by letters of recommendation. The application form needs to be completed exclusively in English.
In addition to the application form, we require several documents that need to be uploaded. Documents in languages other than English or German should be submitted with a certified English translation. These documents are:
Academic certificates must include the final grades obtained, as well as an official detailed explanation of the grading system in your country. The maximum grade (points) that can be obtained and the minimum grade (points) required to pass have to be indicated. Original documents will be requested before the final admission to the school. We recommend submitting your application well ahead of the deadline, to avoid technical problems due to an overload of the online application system.
Further information regarding application and admission is summarised in the Frequently asked questions (FAQs). In case you have further questions, please check this site before contacting the coordination office.