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Understanding the basic concept and principles on how to conduct a well-founded good scientific preclinical thesis.

The aim is to acquire fundamentals in good scientific practice with the focus on biomedical research and gain modern research competencies from your research idea and research question to a good scientific paper. In addition to content-related topics, you will learn everything about formal requirements, getting practical tips and get to know problem-solving strategies. In this course, you will work at your own pace and discuss any questions that arise in one of the face-to-face tutorials. In addition to the teaching material, you will receive extensive additional literature, links and course offers to delve into topics of interest.

3 Modules

  1. Before you start your thesis
  2. Before you collect your data
  3. Before you write up your thesis

Blended learning

  • Mainly e-learning
  • 3 in classroom trainings

There will be 3 compulsory in-classroom trainings at BIH QUEST Center, Spreepalais, Anna-Louisa-Karsch-Str. 2, 10178 Berlin.

Main lecturers

  • PD Dr. Ulf Tölch, Research group leader and project team leader "Education, Training & Quality in Research"
  • Silke Kniffert, Research fellow, BIH QUEST Center
  • Ailyn Bornmüller, Research fellow, BIH QUEST Center

Additional lecturers


Students of Charité who are about to start their doctoral thesis or who have just started. Advanced doctoral candidates can also benefit from the content if seats are left. Participants should be actively involved, as the programme is mainly in e-learning format.


2,5 ECTS points are awarded for this course and can be credited as programme achievement for the doctorate. A certificate will be provided upon request for participants who complete the entire course and have passed the final colloquium.

Important information

Date: 16.10.2023 - 01.02.2024

Introduction: Monday/Tuesday, 16/17.10.2023 (online, via MS Teams)
Here you will get information about the course, the timetable, the e-learning platform “Moodle” and everything else you need to know. You will receive the Teams invitation to the introduction and more details (date/time) a few days before the event.

For the three face-to-face events please choose between the groups A/B/C.
Each group is limited to 20 participants. If your first preference is already fully booked please sign in for one of the other options. 
Single dates can be changed flexibly in consultation with the respective lecturer.
Switching between the groups for single events is not desired.

Tutorial 1: (face-to-face, BIH- Quest Center)
Group A Monday, 13.11.2023: 1pm - 4pm
Group B Thursday, 16.11.2023: 1pm - 4pm
Group C Friday, 17.11.2023: 9am - 12pm

Tutorial 2: (face-to-face, BIH- Quest Center)
Group A Monday, 08.01.2024: 1pm - 4pm
Group B Thursday, 11.01.2024: 1pm - 4pm
Group C Friday, 12.01.2024: 9am - 12pm

Final Colloquium: (face-to-face, BIH- Quest Center)
Group A Monday, 29.01.2024: 1pm - 4pm
Group B Tuesday, 30.01.2024: 9am - 12am
Group C Wednesday, 31.01.2024: 1pm - 4pm

Course language: English


  • Online Via Microsoft TEAMS (Introduction)
  • Face-to-face events at BIH-Quest Center, Anna-Louisa-Karsch-Str. 2, 10178 Berlin, 5th floor (Tutorials 1-2, Colloquium). You will receive details about the location/room a few days before the event.

Registration: Please register for our waiting list here.


Silke Kniffert, MSc

Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin – FoRR


Telefon:+49 30 450 543 667