Education at Glance

The DBM takes part in in various degree programs offered by the Biozentrum (Faculty of Science) and the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Basel.

Within the DBM, basic scientists with a degree in Biology as well as in Medicine interact closely with clinical scientists working in the close-by hospitals. The research labs offer opportunities for Master, PhD, and MD-PhD students to gather practical and theoretical skills and perform their thesis in the biomedical research field.

Master in Biology

In tight association with the Biozentrum, Master students perform experimental work in one of the DBM’s research labs. Because the Graduate Program is run by the Biozentrum, the DBM supervisor of a Master thesis needs to be recognized as faculty representative by the Faculty of Science.

PhD in Biology

Students with a Master's degree in Biology or an equivalent degree (e.g. Diploma, EDA, and others) can perform their PhD thesis in the DBM. Every PhD student at the DBM enrolls his or her PhD within the International PhD Program in Biomedicine.

MD-PhD Program

The MD-PhD program offers a second-line graduate education in Biomedicine for talented medical students with an interest in experimental research. Every MD-PhD student at the DBM enrolls his or her PhD within the International PhD Program in Biomedicine.


Pursuing a career in Swiss academia: Measures for the coming years

As you all know, pursuing a career in academia has become increasingly difficult. For this reason, the Federal Council recently released a set of measures for the coming years (see One of the most important measures proposes an increase of the number of assistant professor positions with tenure track in Switzerland (see measure in Chapter 6).

Recent updates

December 11, 2017
small adaption for LCs: see

May 4, 2017
Travel funding from the University: info

December 15, 2016
get on track – funding for PhD students with family responsibilities



Neues Reglement zum MD-PhD-Programm

MD-PhD-Programm: das revidierte Reglement schafft mehr Transparenz und klare Rollen.

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DBM PhD Retreat 2018 - Save the date!

Date: June 7-9, 2018

Place: Einsiedeln

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Graduate Center of the University of Basel (GRACE) is a new Website for easier access to informations for PhD students, postdocs and PhD supervisors.