• Life Sciences

  • Promotionsstudiengang

    Abschluss Dr. rer. nat/Ph.D
    Studienbeginn SS / WS
    Zugangsvoraussetzung Fachliche Zugangsvoraussetzungen
    Regelstudienzeit 6 Semester

Gegenstand des Faches

Our mission:

Interdisciplinary research training is the key to the success of tomorrow's life scientists. However, the traditional training of a doctoral researcher often puts a rather narrow focus on skills immediately related to their research project. Improving upon the traditional model, the GSLS provides structured doctoral research training, offering additional skills beyond the immediate scope of the graduation research project. Our study program outlines the graduation prerequisites we require of our doctoral researchers to foster excellence. The additional requirements for graduation are more than matched by the strong support of the GSLS, which provides compelling reasons to graduate with us.

The Graduate School of Life Sciences (GSLS) results from a common initiative of the Faculties of Biology, Medicine, Chemistry and Pharmacy, Physics, and Human Sciences at the University of Würzburg. As a highly interdisciplinary program we are funded by Excellence Initiative to support the training of excellent doctoral researchers. Since the founding of the GSLS in 2006, over 380 doctoral researchers have graduated by our regulations and standards. Over these years, we have grown to encompass more than 250 research groups and support more than 430 concurrent doctoral researchers and more than 140 medical doctoral researchers with our dedicated team.

The training of scientists in academia is a stepwise process. Since the Bologna reform, students acquire the bachelor as their first university degree, proving their proficiency within their chosen topic. In order to become a scientist, students continue their education at university towards a master degree - learning the essential skills required for original scientific research.

At the center of the scientific training is the doctoral phase. Here the students conduct original research for the first time. Guided and supervised by an experienced scientist, doctoral researchers pursue their own research project. This phase is crucial to the career of a prospective scientist. The doctoral researcher learns to design and perform experiments independently, to critically evaluate their data and to communicate and discuss their results. They also lay the foundation of their future scientific careers, becoming experts in their chosen field. Nearly every successful career of a high profile scientist starts with numerous and/or high impact publications in their doctoral phase.

The program of the Graduate School of Life Sciences revolves around the doctoral phase and strives to offer the best training possible for young scientists to start their academic career. The structured program we offer bases on three pillars:

  1. Supervision

Doctoral researchers are mentored by their thesis committee consisting of their primary doctoral adviser as well as two other principal investigators. The extended thesis committee offers a greater deal of expertise to the doctoral researcher and opens up easy opportunities for collaborations.

  1. Training

Wide variety of course offers for transferable skills. Our doctoral researchers have many opportunities to acquire the abilities needed for a successful scientific career. With both scientific skills such as statistical analysis as well as soft skills such as CV writing or presentation rhetoric available, our doctoral researchers can tailor their training to their individual needs.

  1. Certification

The Graduate School of Life Sciences certifies all activities of our doctoral researchers and offers a diploma supplement in addition to the doctoral certificate, in order to improve the CVs of our graduates to give them the best perspectives when applying for their first jobs.


für den Promotionsstudiengang Lebenswissenschaft

The GSLS is part of the central scientific institution "University of Würzburg Graduate Schools". The following regulations and legal documents apply (for the time being in German language only):

Doctoral Graduation Regulations Defines basic rules and quality standards for admission, supervision, thesis submission and evaluation across all field specific Graduate Schools at the university. In addition, it contains specific regulations for the individual Graduate Schools.

Doctoral Study Program "Life Sciences" (final degree Dr. rer. nat.) Describes the scope and content of the program and prerequisites for graduation. All GSLS doctoral students have to enroll in this program from the beginning of their thesis project.

Doctoral Study Program "Life Sciences - Ph.D." Describes the scope and content of the program and prerequisites for graduation. All GSLS doctoral students have to enroll in this program from the beginning of their thesis project.

Ordinance of the UWGS Describes the operation and governance of all Graduate Schools at the University of Würzburg.

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