International Programmes 2019/2020

International Max Planck Research School for Heart and Lung Research (IMPRS-HLR) IMPRS for Heart and Lung Research (IMPRS-HLR)

Max Planck Institute for Heart and Lung Research • Bad Nauheim

PhD, Dr rer nat, Dr hom biol, Dr med
Doctoral degree or degree awarded by
Collaborating universities
In cooperation with
Justus Liebig University Giessen
Goethe University Frankfurt
Teaching language
  • English

English only

Programme duration
6 semesters
Winter semester
More information on beginning of studies
By October at the latest
Application deadline

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

IMPRS-HLR offers outstanding training for young scientists in cardiovascular and lung research and provides high-level science in development, remodelling and regeneration, stem cell biology, developmental genetics, and translational research. Being the leading educational platform of the renowned Max Planck Institute for Heart and Lung Research (Bad Nauheim, Germany), the PhD programme brings together experts from all over the world.

Doctoral fellows will participate in a three-year professional graduate school programme including seminars, methods courses, and retreats and will benefit from the scientific offerings of the Max Planck Institute and affiliated universities (Goethe University Frankfurt and JLU, Giessen). The international and interdisciplinary approach of the programme promotes cross-frontier thinking and scientific networking.

Course organisation

The graduate programme includes lecture series, scientific seminars and methods courses on the state-of-the-art techniques established at the institutes. Courses on scientific writing and career opportunities will be offered, as well as German language courses. Annual retreats will help to deepen scientific knowledge and improve the exchange between IMPRS students and invited keynote speakers. An individual thesis advisory committee will provide personal feedback, guidance and mentorship for every student.

IMPRS students also have access to all institute-wide seminars, colloquia and research symposia as well as to those of our cooperating partners in the various networks of excellence in which the IMPRS is embedded.

International elements
  • International guest lecturers
  • Courses are led with foreign partners
  • 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
Enrolment fees may apply for students enrolling as PhD students at the contributing universities. Fees include a semester ticket covering public transport throughout large parts of the state of Hesse.
Funding opportunities within the university
Academic admission requirements

Master's degree or equivalent in biology, biochemistry, bioinformatics or related disciplines

Language requirements

TOEFL is not mandatory, but it will enhance your application. We also accept IELTS and other English certificates.

Application deadline

31 January
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Accommodation can be provided temporarily at the guest house of the institute. After the arrival, we encourage and help participants to seek private accommodation.

Structured research and supervision
Research training / discussion
Specific specialist or non-specialist support for international students and doctoral candidates
  • Specialist counselling
  • Other
Support programmes for international students
The international office of the institute together with the programme coordinator will support students from abroad and doctoral candidates in all important matters. A self-organised PhD committee assists new students in getting started at the institute.

Max Planck Institute for Heart and Lung Research

Max Planck Institute for Heart and Lung Research
The four departments at the Max Planck Institute focus on cardiac development and remodelling, pharmacology, alveolar development and remodelling, vascular signalling and developmental genetics. Additional research groups work on developmental cardiogenetics and signal transduction, the origin of cardiac cell lines, epigenetic regulation during the establishment of respiratory cell fate and lung cancer, and angiogenesis & metabolism. Our scientists have expertise in both basic ­science and translational research.

The university partners
Goethe University is one of the worldwide leading centres for cardiovascular medicine with major expertise in stem cell therapies after myocardial infarction. Additional projects focus on inflammation and pain, and on cancer research. Scientists at Justus Liebig University place their main focus on the cardiopulmonary system. Their work has gained a worldwide reputation over the past years. Infection and immunity, as well as human nutrition, are also ongoing project themes.

All three institutions participate in numerous excellence networks in the field of cardiovascular and lung research, such as the ECCPS (Excellence Cluster Cardiopulmonary System). Graduate students will have the chance to choose from numerous cutting-edge research projects for their graduate work.


Bad Nauheim is a town with 30,000 residents, located 35 km north of Frankfurt. It has a long history as a spa focusing on treatments for the cardiovascular system. The town also has a long history as a host for clinical and basic science institutions. For more than 100 years, Bad Nauheim has been a hot spot for cardiovascular and physiological research. The German Society for Cardiology was founded in Bad Nauheim.

Shops, bars, and cultural spots are available in Bad Nauheim and our students enjoy a variety of outdoor activities including biking and hiking. Frankfurt, with its international spirit, large shopping malls and theatres, is only 25 minutes away and can be reached easily by train.