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Hannover Biomedical Research School (HBRS)
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PhD in excellent research environment

Hannover Biomedical Research School

Hannover Biomedical Research School (HBRS)

HBRS is one of Germany's leading graduate schools, funded by the Excellence Initiative (Cluster of Excellence REBIRTH) and offering top-level research, education and training possibilities. Under this umbrella our five international PhD programs Infection Biology, Molecular Medicine, Regenerative Sciences, Auditory Sciences and Epidemiology provide fully-funded studentships for a three-year course.

In 2000, Medical University Hannover (MHH), one of Germany's leading medical schools, was first to establish a structured and accredited interdisciplinary PhD program in Germany. Just three years later, MHH founded the Hannover Biomedical Research School (HBRS) as an "umbrella organization" for existing and future structured postgraduate programs. HBRS currently comprises five international PhD programs - "Molecular Medicine", "Infection Biology", "Regenerative Sciences", "Auditory Sciences" and "Epidemiology", founded by the Excellence Cluster "REBIRTH" - and one DFG-funded research training group. A structured doctoral program for medical students (StrucMed) has also been successfully established as well as two associated Master programs (Biomedicine, Biochemistry).

HBRS has managed to become a highly attractive graduate school for (MD)/PhD training with a first-rate international reputation. It co-ordinates teaching and ensures excellent training in high quality research laboratories, and actively encourages integration and interdisciplinary exchange between students and young researchers from medicine, life science and since 2007 also from engineering backgrounds. HBRS fosters educational and scientific interaction between university and non-university institutions; among these the Leibniz University of Hannover, the University of Veterinary Medicine, and the non-university Fraunhofer Institute for Toxicology and Experimental Medicine and the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research in Braunschweig. HBRS provides a framework for international guest lectures, soft skill courses, career workshops, summer schools and for the training of talented students for a future career in science. HBRS has developed into a "family-oriented" training facility. With the introduction of a "dual career" concept, involving rotation of positions and tandem research groups, HBRS is supporting a new model for clinical research scientists.

HBRS offers a joint curriculum for all programs. Besides a 3-year PhD project, students have to attend 300 hours of obligatory seminars, tutorials, practical courses, soft skill courses etc. Currently, there are about 300 PhD students from more than 30 different countries in all programs. HBRS is supported in the German "Excellence Initiative" since 2006, from 2012 through the Excellence Cluster REBIRTH as well as Niedersachsen Vorab program of the Volkswagenstiftung.