PhD-Programme: Overview

Our aim is to provide comprehensive training in the field of ageing research. We offer a unique curriculum with an emphasis on basic scientific logic, critical thinking, but centred on the exciting current research into the biology of ageing and age-related disease, combined with an individual career mentoring programme.

During a yearly Recruitment Week in Cologne, our faculty offers an intensive introductory overview of the proposed research projects. Thereafter, candidates can visit the laboratories of their choice. Up to 12 candidates are selected for the 3-year programme that starts individually between July 1 and October 1. In October there is a common Welcome Week for the new CGA PhD students.

We have put together a structured PhD programme conducted in English. The graduate school's coursework includes a method and logic training through a journal club, a comprehensive lecture series on ageing research, as well as seminars, courses and training in specialized methods, scientific soft skills, and career mentoring. A thesis advisory committee monitors students’ research progress through regular reports and meetings.