Studying in Germany
Germany has a global reputation in innovation and research and is therefore a very popular destination for international students looking to study abroad. More graduates complete their PhD in Germany than in any other European country, with more than 25,000 academics awarded their PhD each year.
Within the life sciences research area in Germany, there are two main ways in which the majority of people conduct their PhD. A more traditional approach involves individual students finding a dedicated supervisor and conducting their PhD independently from any other program. Alternatively, candidates can pursue their PhD as part of a structured PhD program. The IMPRS-LS PhD program is one such example. Students belonging to a structured PhD typically are advised by a team of supervisors and follow a specific curriculum with access to specific workshops and training opportunities. Due to the popularity of structured PhD programs amongst international students, the language of these programs is very often English. Generally speaking, the systematic approach taken by structured programs allows candidates to complete their PhD more quickly than candidates completing individual doctoral studies.