DegreeDr rer nat or Dr nat med (both equivalent to a PhD)In cooperation withThe Cologne Graduate School of Ageing Research (CGA) in Germany is a joint venture of the University of Cologne Excellence Cluster on Stress Responses in Aging-Associated Diseases (CECAD), the University Hospital Cologne, the Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing, the Max Planck Institute for Metabolism Research, and the Center of Advanced European Studies and Research (caesar).Course language(s)All courses are held in English.Admission semesterPlease enquireBeginningBetween June and OctoberProgramme durationThree yearsApplication deadlinePlease see website for further details.Course contentOur aim is to train a new generation of biomedical scientists who can take on the diverse challenges of making fundamental scientific discoveries into the basic biology of ageing and translate them into improvements in health and life for people as they grow older. In order to do this, we need to improve our understanding of the underlying mechanisms that promote healthy ageing and identify interventions and potential drug targets.
Our research areas include:
- DNA Damage & Repair
- (Epi-) Genetics
- Membrane & Lipid Signalling
- Metabolism & Nutrient Sensing
- Mitochondrial Function
- Neuroscience & Neurodegeneration
- Non-coding RNAs
- Protein Homeostasis
- Stem Cells & Tissue Regeneration
- Systems Biology & Bioinformatics
- Tumour Biology
The Cologne Graduate School of Ageing Research offers a comprehensive PhD training in the highly interdisciplinary field of ageing. The three-year programme provides excellent research conditions with intensive supervision and state-of-the-art facilities in an international environment. The curriculum is complemented by individual career-development mentoring, scientific and professional skills courses, lecture series, journal clubs, and scientific retreats.
The Cologne Graduate School of Ageing Research offers a structured and comprehensive PhD training. During an on-site selection workshop, candidates can visit up to five laboratories of their choice. Up to 12 candidates will be selected for the three-year programme that starts on an individual basis between 15 June and 1 October. In October, there is a welcome week for the new CGA PhD students.
Educational organisationA general lecture series provides students with an overview of all topics covering our research areas, the latest state-of-the-art techniques, and novel research results. In addition, students will have the opportunity to attend various training modules varying from lab methodologies and techniques to soft skills. These courses provide profound knowledge in presentation, scientific writing, and time management skills required for a successful scientific career.
A thesis committee, consisting of experienced researchers, offers systematic guidance to each student. Annual reports guarantee an optimal supervision of the progress of the projects.
Scientific retreats, international meetings, exchange programmes, and journal clubs will complete the programme by giving students the opportunity to interact intensively with various researchers and the international research community.InternshipsAdditional internships are not required.Forms of assessmentThere are yearly progress reports and oral presentations. The PhD degree comprises a written thesis and an oral examination.General promotion / fundingGerman Research Foundation
International Max Planck Research SchoolCourse-related German language coursesYesCourse-related English language coursesYesCourse objectivesThe PhD programme is designed to qualify students for leading positions in international research institutes and enterprises by teaching state-of-the-art technologies as well as the essential methodological, organisational, and interpersonal skills required for a successful scientific career.
Tuition feesNo tuition fees are charged.Enrolment feesThe fee is about 260 EUR per semester. The fee includes a semester ticket covering public transport in the Cologne metropolitan area.Costs of livingAbout 750-800 EUR per monthJob opportunitiesDue to the intense nature of the programme, students cannot be employed elsewhere.Funding opportunities within the universityThe Cologne Graduate School of Ageing Research offers a maximum of 12 contracts of employment at the most prestigious ageing research cluster in Europe (TV-L E13 scale, 65% or equivalent PhD support contract of the Max Planck Society).
Language requirementsTo be considered for admission, applicants are expected to have excellent English skills.Academic requirementsApplicants must have completed an advanced academic degree (MSc or equivalent) in fields such as biology, biochemistry, biophysics, bioinformatics, bioengineering, pharmacology, neuroscience, medical biology, or a related field. Furthermore, they must have gained sufficient research experience during their studies.Where to applyPlease check our website for further details: http://www.ageing-grad-school.de
Arrival supportThe PhD programme starts with a Welcome Week to provide an orientation about the university facilities and services. This includes intensive support in finding accommodation, enrolment at the university, visa processing, and orientation in town. For the entire duration of the PhD programme, the Cologne Graduate School of Ageing Research provides advice and support in all matters related to the graduate programme and life in Germany. Furthermore, it introduces the students to the various laboratories, investigators, and research topics and helps them get in contact with fellow students and the research environment.Services and support for international studentsApprox. 75% of our student body is international. Therefore, the Cologne Graduate School of Ageing Research provides extensive support from faculty and staff of the university and the Graduate School for the entire duration of the programme. Free German classes are designed to support students in their integration into social life in Germany.AccommodationAccommodation is available through the student union ("Kölner Studierendenwerk" http://www.kstw.de) or the private housing market. Rent for a single room in a students' hall of residence is approx. 200-300 EUR. Rent for a single room through the private housing market is approx. 300-400 EUR.
Course websiteAbout the universityThe University of Cologne is a modern university in the heart of Europe.
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Since its distinction in the frame of the German Excellence Initiative 2012, the University of Cologne belongs to a small group of elite universities in Germany.About the cityWith a population of over one million people, Cologne is the fourth largest city in Germany and the largest city in the federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia. Located in the heart of Europe on an ancient trade route - the Rhine River - Cologne has been an important trade location since the Middle Ages. Cologne has a booming economic sector that includes commerce, trades, banks, and international corporations. It is one of Europe's most important media hubs and has a variety of television and radio broadcasters. Furthermore, Cologne offers many museums, art exhibitions, cinemas, theatres, cultural events, international-level concerts, and, of course, the Cologne Carnival, which is the city's "fifth season".