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Munich Medical Research School

The Research School "Lung Biology and Disease" is a structured translational training program, embeddd into the Munich Medical Research School (MMRS) at the LMU Munich's Medical Faculty. Students aiming for a degree in translational lung research at the CPC can obtain a Ph.D. in Medical Research as part of the MMRS. 


The program is highly selective and invites applicants with a master's degree (or equivalent) in any field of the life sciences or medicine to commit to a career in translational medical research.

If you are interested in joining our program, we invite you to send us your application, including the following documents (as a single pdf file):

  • CV (max. 2 pages, in English)
  • Motivation letter (in English, approximately one page) indicating your particular qualification and motivation for MD, MD/PhD or PhD studies and summarizing your research interests, ideas, and expectations regarding your future professional career.
  • Proof of a master's degree or a first professional qualification degree from a university. German applicants - or foreign applicants who studied at German universities - without a master's degree, have to provide evidence of completion of a Diploma or "Staatsexamen" in the above-mentioned disciplines.
  • Two letters of recommendation from instructors, advisors, or any other person qualified to evaluate your academic performance and potential for graduate training.
  • Information or certificates about English language skills, if your mother tongue is not English. Good knowledge of the English language is necessary for successful completion of the program. Desirable is: a) An internationally recognized examination in English, b) a degree of an English-speaking school or university, or c) a longer stay abroad. 

Once your documents are approved, you will receive a letter of acceptance, which is necessary for university registration. Doctoral candidates who have been accepted for the Ph.D. Medical Research must enroll at the LMU and remain enrolled until they have completed their oral defence.

European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) - Reporting

For all courses, MMRS doctoral candidates will receive ECTS according to LMU regulations (~ 30 hours workload is accredited with 1 ECTS). All courses offered by the CPC Research School, if completed with satisfactory attendance and performance, are automatically converted into ECTS by the Research School Coordination Office. For attended external workshops/seminars/conferences etc., doctoral candidates are required to upload the participation certificates to the MMRS Online Portal.

Examination Regulations (Promotionsordnung)

The doctorate procedures are managed by the doctoral examination board (Promotionsausschuss) of the Medical Faculty of LMU Munich. Accordingly, the examination regulations of the Medical Faculty of LMU Munich apply in their currently valid version.

An English version for international Ph.D. students is available here: www.en.mmrs.med.uni-muenchen.de/eigene-ressourcen/med-research_english.pdf


Plagiarism Check - iThenticate - Verification of the originality of text passages

The Medical Faculty board (LMU) has decided to verify the originality of a thesis before it is officially submitted to the Doctoral Office by introducing a new plagiarism detection software (iThenticate). The software indicates whether the submitted thesis contains plagiarized passages or not. It shows how much of the text corresponds with scanned internet databases (these can also contain correct citations, common phrases, etc.). After generating the report, you and your supervisor can carefully read through the report and determine whether highlighted passages are really plagiarized or not. If necessary, you have a single chance to revise problematic passages and resubmit the thesis for a second and last scan. Details can be found here.

Please contact research-school@cpc-munich.org at least one week before you'd like to submit your thesis so you have enough time to revise if necessary. Please submit the actual text of the thesis only (excluding title page, table to contents, reference list, acknowledgements, etc.) and specify the title of the dissertation.

After assessing the final verification report, please fill out the form "Statement for the verification of originality of submitted theses using iThenticate" and let it be signed by the university supervisor of the thesis. It will then be submitted to the Doctoral Office along with the thesis. Please do not submit the verification report (the MMRS and/or Doctoral Office can review the report online).