Welcome to the International PhD Program at the MDC

The International PhD program is a collaboration between the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine (MDC), Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Freie Universität Berlin and the medical faculty of Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin. We offer alongside outstanding research training an interdisciplinary platform for structured PhD training to all doctoral students at the MDC. The MDC graduate school currently supports 350 PhD students, one third of whom come from abroad.

The research diversity offered by the 62 groups working at the MDC covers the areas of

  • Cardiovascular & Metabolic Research
  • Cancer Biology & Immunology
  • Neurobiology
  • Developmental Biology
  • Medical Systems Biology & Bioinformatics
  • Structural Biology


The programme combines academic research, education and training from accomplished professors and researchers, access to high-end technology and collaborations, all within the campus. Research training is supplemented with teaching lectures in the main research areas, methods workshops, introductions to new technologies, soft-skills courses and opportunities for career development to foster the personal and scientific development of our students. To help our students keep track of the various activities and courses during their PhD, the graduate school operates a Credit Point System for courses and conferences attended and participation in career development activities. This helps students to structure their training so that it meets individual needs and interest.

For more information on research at the MDC visit here.