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Neurosciences, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #101 (ARWU) Göttingen, Germany
The international PhDNeuroscience Program is member of the Göttingen Graduate School of Neurosciences and Molecular Biosciences (GGNB), funded by the German Excellence Initiative, under the umbrella of the Georg-August University School of Science (GAUSS) from Georg-August-Universität Göttingen. 
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  • After a three-year doctoral program, the title Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) or Dr. rer. nat. respectively can be earned. Alternatively, after successful completion of both their medical studies and the Ph.D. study program, medical students may apply for the degree of a “Medical Doctor – Doctor of Philosophy” (MD-Ph.D.).
  • Aim of the study program includes social integration. The coordination office facilitates the students’ start in Göttingen and offers a central contact point throughout the entire course of studies from ‘Application to Graduation’.
  • The PhD Degree in Neurosciences is offered by Georg-August-Universität Göttingen.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Credits
    20 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

  • Students who have passed the examinations at the end of the first year with good or excellent results qualify for direct admission to a three-year doctoral project in one of the participating research groups without being required to complete a Master's thesis first.
  • The PhD program emphasizes independent research carried out by the students. Doctoral students select three faculty members as their doctoral committee, who closely monitors progress and advises the students with regard to their research project.
  • The doctoral research project is complemented by a PhD curriculum. The Götingen Graduate School for Neurosciences, Biophysics, and Molecular Biosciences (GGNB) under the umbrella of the Georg-August University School of Science (GAUSS) is funded by the German Excellence Initiative. 

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

The online application tools will allow you to upload relevant documents electronically (supported file types are: pdf, jpg, jpeg, gif, png). Your application will only be further processed if at least the following documents have been uploaded:

  • CV with photo,
  • transcript/marksheet,
  • certificate/diploma for any completed course of studies for which the degree certificate has already been issued.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Göttingen

  • 730 - 1100 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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.


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