Although the Nencki Institute has a long history of training and awarding PhD degrees, its PhD programme was not formally established until the spring semester of 2001. The main subject areas of the curriculum are Neurobiology, Biochemistry and Molecular and Cell Biology. Currently
115 enrolled PhD students are advised by working group leaders from among 150 full–time staff participating in the programme. English proficiency is a pre-requisite for enrolment in the programme, and additional language training is available to all doctoral students. Master’s degree in Biology, Biotechnology, Psychology, Chemistry, Physics, Engineer or Medical decoy or equivalent is a formal requirement to enrol in the 4-year programme, during which each student is required to work on a research in a field directly related to his/her PhD thesis. All students must attend a series of mandatory lectures as well as participate in the Institute Seminar Series (both give and attend other presentations). All students participate in international workshops and conferences, and report periodically to their supervisors on the progress of their research. Although all students have full access rights to the created knowledge and always receive credit for its generation (co-authorship of papers and conference presentations), the research results remain the property of the Institute.