Infections rank among the major causes of mortality and morbidity worldwide and confront society with major public health challenges.
To solve these challenges well trained academics are required in basic research, clinical and pharmaceutical research and development, in teaching and education, in diagnostics, epidemiology and in healthcare policy.
On the basis of pathogen-host interaction in infections, the students will gain comprehensive theoretical and practical training in dealing with biological systems. They will be able to use these skills not only to study infectious diseases but also in other biomedical research areas.
In addition to the scientific and technical skills, the students will also learn how to communicate science topics in the English language.
Furthermore, critically scrutinizing published scientific data, skills in documentation of own research data as well as the capability to present scientific content in an oral and written form is practiced. Students will also be trained both, to develop the capacity for independent scientific work and to acquire team skills.
The skills acquired by means of lectures and seminars will be trained in various practical courses and internships by solving scientific problems and designing practical, feasible solutions for current scientific questions. In addition, the awareness of students will be sharpened with regard to ethical issues in bio-medical research. It is strongly encouraged that the students choose their research topics for both internships as well as master thesis on an individual basis and also organize their research stays abroad or in industry by themselves.
At the end of the course, students should be able to use their knowledge and skills in academic or industrial environments in a competent, independent and successful way.