International PhD Program In Biomedicine

Our interdisciplinary PhD program is associated with the PhD program in Molecular and Cellular Biology offered by the Biozentrum. There are around 120 PhD students performing their thesis in one of the 60 research labs aiming the PhD degree from the Faculty of Science. The Department of Biomedicine belongs to the Faculty of Medicine, and allows as well as promotes disease oriented biomedical research at international highest level. 

Candidates directly contact the head of a research group at the DBM.  Every PhD student at the DBM enrolls his or her PhD within the International PhD Program in Biomedicine and has to follow the guidelines for a PhD at the DBM.

Students admitted to the program receive theoretical and practical training, and conduct a research project under the supervision of DBM research group leader recognized by the Faculty of Science, monitored by a PhD thesis advisory committee (PaC). A rich program of courses, lectures, workshops and conferences organized by the Department of Biomedicine and the Biozentrum are offered to the students. PhD fellows attend yearly scientific meetings (DBM PhD scientific retreat) and have the opportunity to organize seminar series and career guidance events (see PhD Club).


  1. Very good command of spoken and written English (Cambridge level C2 or equivalent)

  2. The Master degree/diploma of the applicant must be approved by the University of Basel (Student Services). The Master degree must qualify for the PhD subject.

  3. The applicant must be matriculated at the University of Basel.

  4. The first or second supervisor has to be acknowledged within the dissertation topic.

  5. Every PhD student has to form a “PhD advisory committee” (PaC); it consists of the first and the second supervisor, and at least one additional external expert. 

  6. The PhD agreement must be signed by the first and second supervisor, the PhD student and by the DBM PhD coordinator* no later than 3 months after matriculation.

  7. Details are described in the guidelines.

get on track – for PhD students with family responsibilities

The Equal Opportunities Office would very much like to draw your attention to following, recent released new program of the University of Basel.

get on track is aimed at doctoral students who are parents and have proven family responsibilities. get on track supports the progress during the qualification phase.

get on track offers support options for a semester, such as:

- supplementary support for childcare
- hiring of a student assistant
- individual support within the scope of the available options.

get on track – dates and deadlines for support in 2017:

Please note the shorter submission deadline for the first application period!

- Submission 1 February 2017 For support during the spring semester 2017 (1 April – 30 September 2017)

- Submission 1 April 2017 For support during the fall semester 2017 (1 August 2017 – 31 January 2018)

Further information can be found in the leaflet, factsheet and application here:


We will be glad to assist you with any questions you have concerning the application process:

Equal Opportunities Office, +41 61 207 0910,, Dr. Beate Böckem


DBM PhD Coordinator

Prof. Dr. Nicole Schaeren-Wiemers
Department of Biomedicine
University Hospital Basel
Hebelstrasse 20
4031 Basel

Phone: +41 (0)61 328 73 94

For new PhD students

Every new PhD student at the DBM, who matriculated at the Faculty of Science, should contact me (NSW) for further informations.


Detailed informations, guidelines and all documents are found: here