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The possibilities of promotion of young scientists at the UKE are multifaceted. The integrated curriculum in human medicine (learn more about iMED), the medical faculty of the University of Hamburg at the UKE defines so called “second tracks”, a system of courses, which offers the possibility to develop and gain interdisciplinary insight into research and medical practice, such as “Psychosocial Medicine and Health Services Research” or “Fascination Neurosciences”. The iMed (medical track) had 3.357 enrolled students in 2019.

For further scientific qualification, the Medical Faculty at the UKE offers two structured PhD programs: a 2-year PhD program for medical doctors who seek to gain further in-depth research skills as well as a 3-year PhD program for non-medical students, emphasising a strong research-oriented and interdisciplinary education. Both programs offer specific courses and a comprehensive curriculum within the so-called Academy of Biomedical Sciences which has a specific UKE-promoted focus on neuroscience or health services research. Young scientists are thereby provided with a motivating and active research environment, which allows them to build up professional scientific expertise and to acquire subject-specific knowledge. The PhD-curricula provide students with important key skills like project management and methodological skills. Integration in faculty-wide PhD networks fosters the dialogue and exchange among PhD students. Currently 24 ongoing PhD procedures in the medical doctor PhD program and 219 in the non-medical PhD program are supervised at the UKE. With 14 female and 31 male habilitation candidates, a total of 45 habilitation procedures were accomplished successfully in 2019. In addition, UKE offers several programmes to promote young scientists and interdisciplinarity, such as a competitive ‘tandem’ program that supports the best project consisting of a young medical and clinician scientists PI (100.000 Euro/ year), or financing of a research year for young, excellent clinicians.
The UKE is certified for the compatibility of family and work/ career and offers several services for its employees (child care, home office, family services, financial and social counselling, etc.). For each successful habilitation by a woman, the UKE awards the according department with another 50% position for one year, to support another female young scientist. Following the Charta of diversity which the UKE signed in 2013, in 2020 an integration commissioner (migration, integration and anti-racism) was implemented.


In 2020, following the novel legislation, 136 candidates were enrolled for the direct study of psychotherapy, of whom 60 will finish with an approbation and 40 with Master of Science (Psychology). There is an alternative consecutive Master degree with different eligible foci (two out of the following: neuroscience, pedagogical psychology, work and organisational psychology, clinical psychology), and mandatory scientific education (e.g., statistics, research methods). In 2019, 925 dissertations and 59 habilitations were successfully completed.

The UHH is certified for its family-friendly environment since 2010 (berufundfamilien GmbH). UHH offers (Equal Opportunities Unit of UHH) additional (financial) support for female researchers, for instance to improve the compatibility of family and career, or according research projects (e.g., gender mainstreaming, women- or gender-research, etc.). Similarly, the Family Office supports parents with diverse offers (e.g., childcare close to UHH, home office solutions, support for employees caring for relatives etc.), and the Equal Opportunity Unit offers several measures to reduce discrimination and support employees who are members of minority groups. The UHH with their faculties of Economy & Social Sciences and Psychology & Movement Sciences offer further options to promote young scientists in different master and PhD programs. The Department of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy offers to PhD candidates the opportunity to combine psychotherapist training with research (scientist-practitioner-model).


The MPIB houses four research schools, including the International Max Planck Research School on the Life Course, offering students unique training in the dynamics of human behaviour across the lifespan (IMPRS LIFE), the International Max Planck Research School on Computational Methods in Psychiatry and Ageing Research (IMPRS COMP2PSYCH), or the Max Planck School of Cognition. In addition, help concerning childcare solutions are offered to its employees.

The MPIB is committed to promote equal opportunities for women and men by initiating mentoring schemes as well as programs and events to advance the career development of women in science and offering child care places in cooperation with an external day-care center.

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