The present PhD program “Biopsychology of Pain and Emotions” aims at identifying biopsychological correlates of pain and emotions and their implications for application. To reach this goal, the departments of physiological and biological psychology of the Universities of Bamberg and Würzburg will closely collaborate in order to develop excellent and internationally visible interdisciplinary research opportunities for doctoral students within biopsychological research. This joint venture of the two departments offers different approaches in biopsychological research, which complement one another, and therefore provides excellent opportunities for a state-of-the-art education and internationally acknowledged research.
An excellent supervision is ensured by doctoral committees for each student with members from both departments. The three year curriculum is organized to allow an intensive training on theories and methods of Biological Psychology, and to provide research experiences in different laboratories. Independence of students and professional academic skills will be ensured by special workshops. The integration in international networks of scientists working in Biological Psychology will be advanced by guest scientists, summer-schools with international scholars and the mandatory presentation of results at inter-national meetings.