International Programmes 2023/2024

PhD Medical Research – Epidemiology & Public Health PhD Epidemiology & Public Health

Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München • München

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Teaching language
  • English

Mandatory curricular activities are carried out in English. Participants can choose to attend courses conducted in German.

Programme duration
6 semesters
Winter semester
Application deadline

31 January for the following winter semester

Tuition fees per semester in EUR
Combined Master's degree / PhD programme
Joint degree / double degree programme

The PhD programme Medical Research – Epidemiology and Public Health is an international and interdisciplinary programme that is part of the Pettenkofer School of Public Health and the Munich Medical Research School. We offer talented students research and training opportunities in the following fields:

  • Clinical, Molecular and Genetic Epidemiology
  • Clinical Trials and Translational Medicine
  • Preventive Geriatrics
  • Genomic and Molecular Medicine
  • Preventive Geriatrics
  • Digital Health
  • Clinical and Evidence-Based Prevention
  • Health Services Research
  • Health Economics and
  • Evidence-Based Public Health

Each of our fellows, in close collaboration with his or her direct supervisor and other members of the Thesis Advisory Committee (TAC), define the specific research aims and curriculum content that he or she will follow during the three to five years of study. This individual tailor-made training and supervision concept ensures that the needs of each PhD candidate is met on the way to obtaining his or her degree.

Additional support is offered by the GraduateCenter.

Course organisation
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International elements
  • International guest lecturers
  • Projects with partners in Germany and abroad
Course-specific, integrated German language courses
Course-specific, integrated English language courses
Tuition fees per semester in EUR
Semester contribution

Basic fee of 75 EUR + additional fee for the Deutschlandticket

Costs of living

Living costs (including accommodation and health insurance) in Munich range from 1,000 to 1,500 EUR per month.

Funding opportunities within the university
Description of the above-mentioned funding opportunities within the university

LMU Travel Grant, LMU Completion Grant

Academic admission requirements
  • Master's degree or equivalent in public health, epidemiology, medicine, pharmacy, natural sciences, psychology, social sciences, statistics, economics, sport sciences, law, communication science or other relevant field (to be obtained not later than five months after the application deadline)
  • Very good academic record
  • Proficiency in English (written and oral)
  • Good mathematical and statistical skills
Language requirements

English language proficiency with a minimum of the following:

  • EU level of B2, or
  • IELTS score between 5.0 to 6.5 (whereas 5.0 is the border between EU level B1 and B2), or
  • TOEFL score between 87 and 109
Application deadline

31 January for the following winter semester

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Applications to the programme can only be completed using our application tool, which is open during the recruitment period. More information can be found here:


The International Office helps visiting academics, PhD students, and postdocs who are travelling to Munich for a set period of time to find accommodation.

For further information, please visit the following link:

Rooms in shared flats are popular on the private market and reasonably priced at 400–600 EUR per month if located in central parts of Munich.

Structured research and supervision
Research training / discussion

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