Behavior and Cognition, PhD

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


Research projects are undertaken in the fields of psychology, anthropology and evolutionary biology, with an emphasis on comparative approaches. Core areas are the evolution of social behavior, group behavior and group coordination, developmental psychology, as well as the cognitive and physiological foundations of behavior. The program is run by the Faculty of Biology and Psychology of the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, the "Courant Research Centre Text Structures" and the German Primate Center. Interdisciplinary collaboration and exchange are an important element of this study program.

Detailed Programme Facts

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

Programme Structure

Behavior and Cognition provides comprehensive training for the international scientific and non-scientific job market. The main characteristics of the teaching concept are:
  • Supervision by interdisciplinary thesis committees
  • Thesis is based on own scientific work
  • Integration in supervisor‘s research group
  • Presence in the international scientific community
  • Course work in five modules (20 ECTS points):
  1. Learning and reflection
  2. Method courses
  3. Teaching
  4. Science communication
  5. Key qualifications
  • Strong emphasis on soft skills
  • International networking activities
  • Cumulative thesis

Applicants must hold a master degree in mathematics, psychology or the natural sciences. A proof of proficiency in English, a written statement by a member of BeCog confirming supervision and a short project proposal must be submitted upon application.

Tuition Fee


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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