Welcome to the International PhD Programme of the Helmholtz Graduate School at the MDC

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


The research offered 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.


Students may also choose to apply to one of two structured international exchange programs.  The MDC-NYU PhD Exchange Program in Medical Systems Biology, as cooordinated by the Berlin Institute for Medical Systems Biology (BIMSB), and the German-Israeli Helmholtz Research School: Frontiers in Cell Signaling and Gene Regulation (SignGene) both offer talented students the opportunity to study and research abroad and gain comprehensive international perspectives on their chosen research field.









Int. PhD Program at the MDC Access to the application portal can be found  HERE. To access the portal please use one of the following web-browsers: Google Chrome >40.0; Mozilla Firefox >34.0; Safari >MacOSX 9.5; Internet Explorer >10.0


PhD at the MDC You can download the PhD booklet here

eulife Consortium The MDC is part of a new Alliance of european centres in life sciences to support and strengthen European research excellence. Check the website of eulife and jobs with the European partners.