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Doctoral Thesis

The Helmholtz Graduate School Environmental Health (HELENA) is a joint initiative for the promotion of graduate students of the Helmholtz Zentrum München - German Research Center for Environmental Health, the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (LMU) and the Technische Universität München (TUM).

HELENA qualifies a new generation of internationally competitive graduate students in the field of environmental health research. HELENA students receive intensive scientific training in one of the eight thematic fields and have access to state-of-the-art platforms and training opportunities in the latest technologies. Individual supervision and mentoring is ensured by a personal Thesis Committee. Career promotion and training in management, leadership and communication skills prepares our graduate students to fill lead positions in research, management, industry and administration. The doctoral degree will be awarded by a University, where students have to actively register at.

Exemplary Curriculum

4 hours = 1 HE (HELENA Equivalent),
1 term = 1 Semester (01 April - 30 September or 01 October - 31 March)

Completion of the mandatory elements

- Orientation Days (1 time) 
- Lecture Series Environmental Health (3 times) 
- Translational Medicine Seminar (5 times) 
- Kick-off seminar TUM or HELENA Mid-Term Booster LMU


Completion of the scientific training: 65 HE

- Journal clubs (1h per week/6 terms): 21 HE 
- Institute seminars (1h per week/6 terms): 21 HE 
- 2 method courses (2x3 days): 12 HE 
- Introductory seminar (1h per week/1 term): 3.5 HE 
- Advanced seminar (1h per week/1 term): 3.5 HE 
- Retreat (2 Days): 4 HE


Professional skills training: 10 HE

- 3 courses (1.5 days each): 10 HE

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