IMPRS-BAC Curriculum

IMPRS-BAC Curriculum

July 06, 2023

The IMPRS-BAC offers an exciting and flexible curriculum, allowing you to gain both scientific and transferable skills. Browse this page to find out about requirements for students and information about upcoming events.

Workshops and courses are open in priority to students and staff of the MPI for Molecular Genetics and the IMPRS-BAC.

  • Please sign up only if you will be definitely able to participate (given no major unexpected events). Please write the dates in your calendar. 
  • Your registration is binding! This means cancellation is valid up to 30 days in advance without any reason given. 
  • Last minute cancellations due to illness are only acceptable with a medical certificate.
  • Please be fair and cancel early to give people on the waiting list a chance to participate. 'No shows' and late sign-outs will have reduced priority of access in future workshops/nanocourses.


Upcoming Events

Transferable Skills Course: Female leadership in diverse working environments

Nov 11, 2024 - Nov 12, 2024
Max-Planck-Institut für molekulare Genetik, Room: Seminar room 1

Transferable Skills Course: Statistical Literacy

Nov 27, 2024 09:30 AM (Local Time Germany) - Dec 13, 2024 04:30 PM


The Dahlem Research School also offers transferable skills workshops and courses in different categories: career orientation & development; funding, managing and completing research; research integrity & skills; speaking & presenting; writing & publishing. You can find the list of the upcoming workshops here

The Planck Academy offers workshops and webinars on career planning, networking, project management, and more. You can find upcoming workshops and webinars on MAX here (you first need to log in to MAX). 


The following elements make up the curriculum of the IMPRS-BAC

  • The Welcome week lays the groundwork and introduce the breadth of our research. 
  • University lectures in mathematics, computer science, bioinformatics, biochemistry and biology allow you to catch up with the areas unfamiliar to you. 
  • Nanocourses push your knowledge at the cutting edge of research in biology and computation. 
  • Otto Warburg Summer Schools provide an in-depth look at a current topic. 
  • Colloquia allow doctoral students to present their research to their peers and other local scientists. Invited guests complement these half-day events.
  • Once a year, the student association of the MPIMG organises a doctoral student retreat where participants learn about each other's research, network and gain new perspectives on their own work.
  • Transferable skills complement the academic curriculum by teaching you to write, lead, publish, network, manage, present and plan your future career. In addition to those listed below, the courses of the Dahlem Research School are also accessible to doctoral students of the IMPRS-BAC.


Curriculum requirements during your PhD

  • Welcome week, ideally in the first year of your PhD
  • Workshop on good scientific practice (at least 1 credit point). Check here for upcoming workshops offered by the Dahlem Research School and here for upcoming events offered by the Berlin University Alliance. It is strongly recommended to attend these courses already at the beginning of the doctorate, ideally during the first year. 
  • Workshop on scientific writing in English
  • Workshop on statistical literacy (not mandatory if advanced statistics courses were part of your university curriculum)
  • Three nanocourses
  • One Otto Warburg Summer School (participation is strongly recommended)
  • Attending all IMPRS colloquia and presenting your results at one of them at the end of your PhD
  • Having regular TAC meetings until the submission of your PhD thesis


Go to Editor View