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Medical Research Summer School

The Faculty of Medicine and the University Hospital of the Ludwig-Maximilians-University (LMU) Munich are among Europe’s leading centers of scholarly medicine.

For the first time, LMU offers medical students from around the world the chance to gain insight into medical research. In a four-week programm, students will get a better understanding of the diversity of medical research. The Summer School has a diverse and enriching curriculum, designed and taught by Ludwig-Maximilans-University tutors. It involves a series of lectures, tutorials, seminars, bedside teaching and lab visits.

Physicians have to make their treatment desicions based on empirically proven evidence. But to do so they need to understand the medical literature and to interpret the data published in different studies.

From Bench to Bedside students:

  • are exposed to medical research in an academic medical environment
  • learn about the different research methods as well as the pros and cons of using them for various scientific problems
  • meet international scientists undertaking research at LMU

During Lab Visits, students familiarize themselves with lab work and get the chance to ask questions and discuss ideas with experts in different fields.
The opportunity to have ethical discussions with other international students from different cultural backgrounds and healthcare delivery systems about the benefits and limitations of research will be an enriching experience. They will also be able to learn more about scientific career development, and how research findings are incorporated in patient care.

The Summer School also features an entertaining social and cultural program. On weekends, students go on skiing trips, attend a concert or a ballet, visit the Pinakothek museum or nearby attractions such as Neuschwanstein Castle and Salzburg.


  • Lab visits
  • Legal Medicine: Forensic DNA typing, forensic toxicology, biomechenic autopsy
  • "Happy together - unhappy divided": Cell adhesion in health and disease
  • Clinical pathology: Precision Medicine
  • Immunotherapy of cancer
  • Ethics and medical history
  • Presentation skills

Participating Institutes

  • Institute of Pathology
  • Institute of Legal Medicine
  • Institute of Anatomy and Cell Biology
  • Environmental Epidemiology Department
  • Institute for Public Health
  • Biomedical Center Munich

Application Procedure

International Students LMU Students

Online applications will be accepted until June 4, 2019.

Please complete only the section "Application International Students" and submit.

Documents to be submitted by International Students:

  • CV (in English)
  • Confirmation of Student Status (Certificate of Enrolment or equivalent)
  • Most recent official Transcript of Records
  • Documentation of English language proficiency (non-native speakers)
  • Statement of Intent: A one-page statement (in English) written by the applicant that can include reasons for pursuing a medical career, for choosing the Summer School, etc.

Online applications will be accepted until June 26, 2019.

Start date for LMU students might be later than August 5, i.e. after the exam period at LMU. Please indicate your preferred start date in your Statement of Intent.

Please complete only the section "Application LMU Students" and submit.

Supporting documents to be submitted:

  • CV (in English)
  • Most recent official Transcript of Records (LSF Schein-/Notenliste Klinischer Studienabschnitt)
  • Statement of Intent: A max. one-page statement (in English) written by the applicant that can include reasons for pursuing a medical career, for choosing the Summer School, etc.

Contact us

Please send us an email if you are interested in the program so we can provide further details or answer questions you may have: