International Programmes 2018/2019

CiM-IMPRS PhD Programme in Life and Natural Sciences CiM-IMPRS PhD Programme in Life and Natural Sciences

University of Münster • Münster

Doctoral degree or degree awarded by
University of Münster
Course location
In cooperation with
Max Planck Institute for Molecular Biomedicine
Teaching language
  • English

English 100%

Programme duration
6 semesters
Winter semester
More information on beginning of studies
1 October
Application deadline

April/May (see

Tuition fees per semester in EUR
Combined Master's degree / PhD programme
Joint degree / double degree programme

CiM-IMPRS is jointly run by the university's Cells in Motion Excellence Cluster (CiM) and the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Biomedicine.
The programme offers interdisciplinary approaches to biomedical research with a strong emphasis on imaging. PhD projects range from the analysis of basic cellular processes to clinical translation, from the generation of mathematical models to the development of new imaging-related techniques and compounds. The programme searches for excellent students holding a Master in Biology (or related fields), Physics, Chemistry or Mathematics.

Research areas:
Cell and molecular biology, developmental and stem cell biology, vascular biology, immunology, microbiology, neurobiology, in vivo imaging, high resolution optical imaging, biophysics, chemical biology, label chemistry, mathematical modelling, and more

Course organisation

Each student in the programme has an individual advisory committee which consists of the principal doctoral adviser and additional mentors. The mentors will monitor the student's academic progress, offer guidance and support in all questions regarding the course programme and scientific work, and provide access to the available research infrastructure.
The graduate school offers a limited mandatory scientific programme and an extensive voluntary curriculum in scientific and transferable skills training.

Course-specific, integrated German language courses
Course-specific, integrated English language courses
Tuition fees per semester in EUR
Semester contribution
Social semester fee of 285 EUR per semester, including a semester ticket covering public transport for the greater Münster area and the German federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia
Costs of living
Approx. 800 EUR per month to cover accommodation, insurance and personal expenses
Funding opportunities within the university
Description of the above-mentioned funding opportunities within the university
We provide work contracts (net pay >1,300 EUR/month).
Academic Admission Requirements

Master's degree or equivalent (e.g., German "Diplom"), in life sciences (e.g., biology, biochemistry, biotechnology), physics, chemistry, mathematics or related fields (if in doubt, please enquire).

Language requirements

No English language test required. Language skills will be evaluated during personal interviews with selected candidates.

Application deadline

April/May (see

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The University of Münster does not provide accommodation to students, but it gives information on where and how accommodation in Münster can be found.

Structured research and supervision
Research training / discussion
Specific specialist or non-specialist support for international students and doctoral candidates
  • Accompanying programme

University of Münster

With 44,000 students, the University of Münster is one of the leading universities in Germany with a long teaching tradition. In German, it is known as the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, or WWU. It offers a full range of academic fields: all natural sciences, humanities, law, medicine, economics, etc. With its many institutes and faculties, the WWU is spread all over the town. However, there is a science campus at which most of the natural sciences are concentrated for the purpose of interdisciplinary cooperation.

University Location

Münster is located in north-west Germany close to the border with the Netherlands. The city is a lively student town, famous for its bicycle-friendly atmosphere and student pubs. Of Münster's total population of approx. 300,000 inhabitants, 60,000 are university students at the University of Münster and other colleges. Münster is a thriving centre of science and academia. It is a great place to live, learn and teach.