International PhD Programme for Agricultural Science in Gttingen (IPAG), Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
  • Tuition
    Tuition (Year)
    Tuition (Year)
  • English (take IELTS)
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The IPAG program qualifies the student to undertake independent scientific work at universities and other scientific and research institutes in the various fields of agricultural science.


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

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Duration 36 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

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 Gttingen is decided by the IPAG Advisory Board. Please contact the Student Advisory office for information on the application procedure.

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

    Take IELTS test
  • Minimum required score (Grade B):


    The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

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).

StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.