The graduate program for a PhD at the IMPRS-HLR takes three years depending on the entrance qualification. The IMPRS-HLR promotes education and training through a comprehensive coursework curriculum, which includes different kinds of lectures and courses. In addition to the school’s own coursework, numerous activities by the several network partners of the cardiovascular/lung research cluster in the region are co-opted by the IMPRS.

It is a major aim of the IMPRS-HLR to attract medical students and physicians to biomedical research and provide optimal education for both groups. Over the course of three years the program supports the student’s independent experimental and theoretical research work with an efficient and rigorous teaching curriculum.

Aim of the initial orientation phase is to provide optimal starting conditions for the student. In addition to the adaption of particular interests to the specific research project, the methodological basis for his/her research project is set during orientation phase. The graduation phase provides a major focus on the student´s research project. During this time, IMPRS members also benefit from the course and lecture program.

In addition to scientific teaching, the course program also includes a number of soft skills courses, such as German class, presentation skills etc.
An annual retreat gives the student the opportunity to present progress of their dissertation research. Accompanied by experts of the cardiovascular field, the interdisciplinary meeting improves scientific communication and competence of the students.

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