Lectures and Courses

The Graduate School strives to prepare our students for scientific independence. We offer several courses that help develop scientific knowledge, critical thinking skills, scientific discourse and debate. The majority of the courses are mandatory.

Method and Logic in Biology Journal Club

The journal club takes place in the first year of our graduate programme and aims to teach you critical scientific thinking skills. It provides an overview of current and seminal publications in the field of ageing research. Two faculty members chaperone each journal club session. The students are expected to participate in the literature analysis and discussions and will be graded by the faculty members during each journal club session.

Biology of Ageing and Age-Related Disease Lecture Series

The Graduate School runs a PhD lecture series called “Biology of Ageing and Age-related Diseases”. It takes place in the first year of our graduate programme and covers the basic science of ageing and age-related diseases. Faculty members and external speakers who are leaders in the field present the lectures. The goal is to introduce you to key concepts of ageing research and to synchronise your knowledge in this broad research field. It is also an opportunity for discussion with the lecturers. Upon completion of the lecture series the students take a written exam.

Soft Skills Courses

Publishing one’s own scientific findings and presenting them to the scientific community in internal seminars or at international meetings are essential elements of a researcher’s life. We offer comprehensive soft skills training by experienced specialists to strengthen your oral and written communication proficiency.

Career Mentoring and Management Course

A unique feature of our graduate programme is the career training that serves to guide your individual career plan. This training programme provides you with the nuts-and-bolts expertise required for successful scientific career development including grant and CV writing, as well as techniques to communicate clearly and project self-confidence during interviews. 

Scientific Courses

Scientific courses introduce our students to good laboratory practice, ethical scientific conduct and a range of scientific techniques used in our state-of-the-art core facilities. Most of these courses are offered by our faculty members. We also organize other useful courses such as  “Statistical Literacy” and “Data Analysis” and “Graphic Design”.

German Courses

We offer beginners’ and advanced German courses to our foreign students to facilitate their integration in Germany.