Qualification program

The Integrated Research Training Group (IRTG) provides PhD candidates with a project-related qualification program dedicated to the integration of knowledge and methodologies from multiple disciplines. It offers training opportunities to enable cross-disciplinary approaches and promote rapid progress of the individual research projects. The IRTG fosters interaction and collaboration of CRC 1371 teams at local or distant sites. Our diverse agenda of excellent academic and hands-on training will promote self-reliance in experimental and clinical research, originality in thinking, and innovation in research.

Current course offers

Basic courses

Basic courses are mandatory for all PhD candidates of the IRTG and optional for associated students

The Basic Courses of 2023 will take place 3rd to 6th July. Please safe the date!

Advanced method courses

Three advanced methods courses of choice are mandatory for IRTG PhD candidates. Students may visit more courses upon personal interest and need. Associated students are welcome to attend all courses.


Advanced courses for the second funding phase will probably start in winter 2023.
More information will follow.

Self-guided short courses

The aim is to broaden the horizon of PhD students beyond their own working groups and the scope of their projects. This module consists in self-organized visits of the PhD student to other labs and institutes participating in the CRC.

- Mandatory: 3 visits within 4 years
- Duration: 1 day each visit | total of 3 days
- Organized by PhD students

Please submit courses to the coordinator using the report sheet.

Essential educational courses and schemes in scientific, social and cultural competences

Courses such as good scientific practice, project management, scientific writing, career development in science, media and communication, gender equality training are an essential part of the programm.

IRTG students must visit at least three courses of own choice within the four years:

- Duration: at least 1 day each
- Organized by local graduate schools or other institutions

Please hand in certificates to the IRTG coordinator!