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Admission

Admission

 

Medicine graduates and students of biology, biochemistry, microbiology or other life sciences with a diploma, Staatsexamen or master of sciences are admissable if they are preferably younger than 32.

(in exceptional cases we accept older students and excellent students having a German Fachhochschulexam or a Bachelor of Honours/4-year Bachelor).

 

List of accepted international degrees 

 

Fluency in English is a basic requirement and can be proven with tests (TOEFL, IELTS etc.), statement that you are a native speaker, had English for at least 7 years at school or studies done in English. In the absense of these your fluency will be assessed in a personal interview.

 

Applicants must send their material by April 1st of the respective year.

 

The curriculum starts in the middle of October each year, the orientation weeks usually start around October 1st.

 

Online application will be available from December 1st on http://www.hbrs-application.de.

Selection process 2017:

There will be a 3-step selection process:

1. Written application

2. Written test; in Hannover April 26th, 1 p.m; Please note, there will be one date for India, no exceptions possible.

3. Interview Hannover June  

    For interviews, we will invite most applicants to Hannover. In India (Delhi and Chennai) we are usually seeing candidates from India, and other South Asian countries (Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, Bangladesh, Malaysia etc.) 

Admission to the PhD Course

 

The number of participants for the PhD course is limited to 20 per year. Selection of the students is made by the PhD Commission. Commencement of the course takes place as a rule once a year at a date set by the president of the MHH. The level of the results of the State examination or University finals, or the quality of the doctoral degree play a decisive role in the admission to the PhD course.

 

Should the number of applications exceed the number of places available, the level of ability and motivation for scientific work will be decided upon a written test (questions from basics in the bio-medical field) and in a selection interview with the PhD Commission. The result of the test and the selection interview will be of equal importance when selecting students.

 

Interview format

The interview lasts approximately 20 minutes. The interview is broken down into a 8-minute Powerpoint presentation in English on your diploma/Master finals (or similar) project.

Subsequently, questions are asked by the interview panel on the project and general questions on your studies and yourself. The panel is made up of the chairman of the program as well as the supervisors of the projects on offer. Additional time will be available during various breaks during the day to make personal contact with supervisors.

On invitation to the interview, candidates will also be sent details on all the projects available. It is, therefore, strongly recommended that candidates arrange an appointment with the supervisor of the project(s) in which they are interested. This can be before or after your interview. This is an invaluable opportunity to find out more about the project, meet the team involved and visit the corresponding laboratories.

 

Acceptance

Successful candidates will be informed in writing by the coordination office shortly after the interview and will be sent an official letter of acceptance by email and by post.

 

Program start

Students are to arrive in Hannover at the beginning of October.

The orientation week commences on the 4th October 2017.

Term starts in mid-October.

 

Selection process 2017:

applications by April 1st (http://www.hbrs-application.de)

written tests in home countries from April/May

interviews in Hannover June 12th/13th 

Application Documents

 

Please note, we will have a new online application facility available from December 2007!! (http://www.hbrs-application.de)

The following application documents are required:

  • The application form (included in online application)
  • An informal application for the PhD course demonstrating the suitability and motivation of the applicant for the course, the scientific fields of interest and an indication of the plans for his/her further career; please use the "comments" section in online application.
  • Certificates and qualifications indicating the level of knowledge of the English language.
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • [A letter of recommendation from the supervisor stating the topic of the research project, his/her agreement to act as a scientific supervisor, confirmation of a position, details of the planned funding of the research (not applicable if you haven't contacted yet!! Most supervisors will not answer you and prefer to wait till you at least pass the first step of the selection process! So, please, do not disturb them.)].
  • A short description of a former research project.