New class of highly effective inhibitors protects against neurodegeneration

12/10/20 Neurobiologists at our Faculty have discovered how a special receptor at neuronal junctions that normally activates a protective genetic programme can lead to nerve cell death when located outside synapses. [...]

Before you start / Zulassung zur Promotion


The educational quality in the area of biosciences at the University of Heidelberg has always been among the highest. For even further improvement the PhD program has been developed, giving you the best academic training possible.

To be eligible for this program you have to meet one of the requirements listed:

  • You have acquired a master of natural sciences in biology, biochemistry, molecular biology or another natural science (e.g. chemistry or physics).
    If this master is not strongly bio-related your supervisor might have to testify that you have sufficient working knowledge in your respective bio-topic.
  • You have acquired a Staatsexamen in Pharmacy or equivalent.
  • If you have acquired an excellent FH (Fachhochschul-) Diploma in a related field, you have to pass a Qualifying Assessment
  • The bachelor-degree alone is generally not sufficient. In special cases exceptions may be considered.

If you meet one of the above requirements your next step will be to find a supervisor in one of the participating institutions willing to attend your PhD project. Then you may continue with the Registration.

Important: All foreign graduates certificates and qualifications have to be checked by the Dekanat, which may take 4 to 8 weeks.


Graduate Academy

Please visit the websites Doctoral studies in Heidelberg and Graduate Academy for further information about your PhD in Heidelberg. The Graduate Academy provides services and support on many important topics pertaining to your doctoral studies, for example:


  • Good Scientific Practice (GSP): The aim is to support PhD students with a general understanding of good scientific practice and scientific misconduct (e.g. plagiarism). In the course we discuss key areas of conflict and possible causes of misconduct. Furthermore, questions regarding data management, documentation and ownership, as well as topics such as the correct use of references and problem areas in the publication process are addressed. Please see the Graduate Academy’s course programme.
  • Academic Writing Support: This service offers individual consultation and tutoring to PhD students  who are writing in English. The service is free of charge and aims for improving the language proficiency of PhD students during the early stages of their doctoral training. You may submit your own text passages, which are then revised and commented on by English native speakers. Please see the writing support services website.
  • Funding: Information and advice on doctoral fellowships and other funding opportunities for PhD students is available on the website of the Graduate Academy, in the information brochure for PhD students (International and German) or in person during the office hours of the Graduate Academy.

Office hours on the campus "Im Neuenheimer Feld" (INF): Wednesdays from 10 am–12 pm on the ground floor of the main cafeteria Im Neuenheimer Feld 304 (INF 304).

Office hours Altstadt: Mondays until Thursdays 10 am–12 pm; Mondays and Wednesdays 3 pm–5 pm in the Service Centre of the Graduate Academy, Seminarstraße 2, 1st floor, room 135.

Contact information:

Phone: +49 (0)6221 / 54 - 3958