Hannover Medical School (MHH), one of Germany’s leading medical schools, was the first to establish a structured and accredited interdisciplinary MD/PhD programme in Germany in 2000. We started off with eight PhD students and were supported by the DAAD PHD programme from 2002 to 2007. Just three years later, the MHH founded Hannover Biomedical Research School (HBRS) as an “umbrella organisation” for existing and future structured postgraduate programmes. HBRS currently comprises five international PhD programmes – Molecular Medicine (since 2000), Infection Biology and DEWIN (since 2003/ 2010), Regenerative Sciences (from the Excellence Cluster “REBIRTH” in 2007), Auditory Sciences (from the Excellence Cluster “Hearing4all” in 2013), and Epidemiology (since 2013).
In addition, we offer three Master's programmes (Biochemistry, Biomedicine, and Infection Biology - AMIBA). A structured doctoral programme for medical students (StrucMed) was also successfully established in 2005, while a second “Clinical StrucMed” was started in 2015 with support of Else-Kröner Fresenius Foundation.
With the support of the DFG Excellence Initiative in 2006, HBRS has become a highly attractive graduate school for (MD)/PhD training with a first-rate international reputation. It coordinates teaching and ensures excellent training in high-quality research laboratories, and it actively encourages integration and interdisciplinary exchange between students and young researchers from medicine, life science, and - since 2007 - also those with an engineering background. HBRS fosters educational and scientific interaction between university and non-university institutions - among these are the Leibniz University of Hannover, the University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover, the Fraunhofer Institute for Toxicology and Experimental Medicine, and the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research in Braunschweig. HBRS provides a framework for international guest lectures, summer schools, and for the training of talented students for a future career in science. In providing optimal conditions for female PhD students, HBRS aims to motivate and convince female academics to pursue a career in science. With the introduction of a “dual career” concept, involving the rotation of positions and tandem research groups, HBRS supports a new model for clinical research scientists. Moreover, HBRS was the spark for a number of additional measures. Thus, in 2011, the MHH initiated the “Voluntary Research Year” for high school graduates, which has been strongly supported by the federal government and has been adopted by many universities and research institutions all over Germany. The “Lower Saxony International Summer Academy in Immunology” (LISA) was also founded in 2011, while in June 2014, the “Young Faculty Programme” for senior postdocs (medical doctors and life scientists) was launched.
We provide fully-funded studentships or employee positions for the three-year PhD programmes. In all programmes, the focus is placed on individual research projects, complemented by programme-specific seminars as well as an individualised curriculum comprising lab and soft-skill courses, congresses, symposia, and summer schools. Communication and the teaching language throughout HBRS is in English. Upon graduation, students are awarded a PhD – life and natural scientists may alternatively choose a Dr rer nat.
The programmes are aimed at medical students and veterinary students as well as post-graduates in life science fields after finishing their MD studies, Master of Science, or Diploma (particularly in biology, biochemistry, molecular biology, and biotechnology). The programme Regenerative Sciences also welcomes engineers, for example, in the field of material sciences. The three main PhD programmes, Molecular Medicine, Infection Biology/DEWIN, and Regenerative Sciences, start annually in October. The deadline for applications is 1 April.
Hannover Medical School is the only free-standing medical university in Germany. It offers a wide selection of international (MD)/PhD programmes within Hannover Biomedical Research School (HBRS) in cooperation with the following institutes:
Leibniz University of Hannover
University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover Foundation
Fraunhofer Institute of Toxicology and Experimental Medicine Hannover
Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research (HZI) Braunschweig
TwinCore Institute Hannover
Friedrich Loeffler Institute Mariensee
University of Oldenburg