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Dr. sc. hum. Structured Programme

On 01.03.2022, new regulations governing Dr. sc. hum. doctoral studies came into force. Details on registration and formalities can be found on the pages of the doctoral office (Promotionsbüro).

The new regulations require that students undertake a compulsory study programme, in addition to their research work. The content and implementation of this study programme is regulated by the doctoral committee. The implementation regulations (Ausführungsbestimmungen) can be found here. Students are also required to have a Thesis Advisory Committee (TAC).

For students performing research within graduate programmes such as those offered by DFG-financed Research Training Groups (RTGs), participation in the structured education programmes offered by these RTGs is usually sufficient to cover the requirements of the Dr. sc. hum. compulsory study programme. For other students, the newly founded School of Translational Medicine of the Mannheim Medical Faculty of the University of Heidelberg (STMM) will offer a curriculum and courses that constitute a Dr. sc. hum. study programme. The STMM resources and courses for these doctoral students will be available very soon. New students who wish to participate in the STMM Dr. sc. hum. structured education programme should specify this in the “Promotionsvereinbarung” that is submitted when applying for acceptance as a doctoral student. Courses and activities that are not offered by the STMM, but which are nevertheless relevant for the different categories specified in the curriculum may in principle also be accredited for the STMM structured training programme, subject to agreement with the STMM office.

From summer semester 2023 on, activities undertaken within the STMM Dr. sc. hum. structured education programme will be accredited online via a dedicated STMM IT platform. Until then, doctoral students should document all activities undertaken towards the requirements of the STMM Dr. sc. hum. structured education programme using the form provided. These forms can then be uploaded and accredited following the launch of the STMM IT platform.

Doctoral researchers in RTGs or other graduate schools should continue to complete the structured programme of their RTG or graduate school. No further documentation or recognition is currently required, unless specified by the RTG.

The information on these pages will be continually updated to include information regarding accreditation via the STMM IT platform, and when new STMM courses become available.


School of Translational Medicine (STMM)

Medical Faculty Mannheim,
Heidelberg University

Tridomus C, Ebene 4
Ludolf-Krehl-Straße 13-17
68167 Mannheim