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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

  • 13 mandatory teaching units (mandatory are the lecture and, if necessary, provided literature) 
  • Each mandatory teaching unit includes at least one assignment or/and Quiz. Of which 80% need to be processed and submitted online. There will be no grading.
  • Workload: approx. 3 hours/teaching unit

3 in-person events

  • There will be 3 compulsory in-person events, 3 hours each, at BIH QUEST Center, Spreepalais, Anna-Louisa-Karsch-Str. 2, 10178 Berlin.

FoRR project team

  • 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

In-person lecturers

All teaching units are created in collaboration with experts in the respective subject areas. 

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: Will be announced in time.

Course language: English 

Location: BIH QUEST Center, Anna-Louisa-Karsch-Straße 2, 10178 Berlin (5th floor). You will receive further details (room, Teams link etc.) a few days before the event.

Registration: Please register here for the course. 


Silke Kniffert, MSc

Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin – FoRR


Telefon:+49 30 450 543 667