International PhD Programme for Agricultural Science in Göttingen (IPAG), PhD

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
  • Tuition
    Tuition (Year)
    Tuition (Year)
  • English (take IELTS)
  • Overview
  • Programme outline
  • Key facts
  • Admission requirements
  • Fees and funding


The holders of a PhD of the IPAG in Göttingen possess the capability to drive further development in the society, in the cultural sector and in the scientific world, in an academic and non-academic occupation. They will be able to present scientific expertise in their field of interest to an academic as well as a non-academic audience and discuss it with their scientific colleagues.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • Partnership
  • Project Type Open
  • Educational Form Academic

Programme Structure

The program is mainly modular in construction and includes the participation in various types of modules and courses, the writing of the dissertation and the disputation. Successful completion of the PhD studies leads to 180 ECTS-credits (1 credit = 30 hours workload). The modules equal a workload of 6 Credits each. The preparation of the dissertation equals a workload of 150 credits.

The regular study time is 6 semesters.

Modules and Courses:

Modules can be composed of different forms of teaching: lectures, seminars, exercises, practical, colloquia as well as project work or combinations of these different forms.

In each of the four areas “Progress Reports”, “Methodology”, “Expert Knowledge” and “Soft Skills” one module with the workload of 6 ECTS credits must be fulfilled successfully.

In addition, other courses with a more in-depth character may be offered. Attendance at the latter type of courses is voluntary.

The acceptability of not listed modules offered by the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences or modules taken outside the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences or the University of Göttingen is decided by the IPAG Advisory Board. Please contact the Student Advisory office for information on the application procedure.

The prerequisite for an application to the International PhD Programme in Agricultural Sciences is:

  • a consecutive Master degree in agriculture with Master thesis of at least one year with the average grade “very good” (a total of at least 300 ECTS equivalent must be proven) or an equivalent academic degree (§ 2 of the Admission Regulation).
  • A supervisor who has agreed to supervise your PhD studies

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • Free International
  • Free EU/EEA


Usually, the research group or department provides funding to their doctoral students in the form of either an employment contract or a scholarship (approx. monthly amount of scholarship or net salary: 1100-1400 EUR).

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