Physics of Biological & Complex Systems, Ph.D.

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    Application Deadline
  • 36 months
  • Tuition
    Tuition (Year)
  • English (take IELTS)
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The doctoral programme 'Physics of Biological and Complex Systems' is offered by the Gttingen Graduate School for Neurosciences and Molecular Biosciences (GGNB), funded by the DFG within the framework of the German Federal and State Governments' Excellence Initiative to promote science and research at German universities.


The GGNB doctoral program / International Max Planck Research School "Physics of Biological and Complex Systems" is a member of the Göttingen Graduate School for Neurosciences and Molecular Biosciences (GGNB). The graduate school offers a joint modular training program to which the twelve doctoral programs of GGNB contribute and that is open to all GGNB students.

In addition to a lecture and seminar program, training consists of (1) individual counselling by thesis committees, (2) intensive methods courses of 1-3 weeks in special training labs, (3) 2-3-day methods courses in the laboratories of the participating faculty, (4) professional skills courses such as scientific writing, presentation skills, intercultural communication, project management, team-leadership skills, conflict resolution, ethics, and career development, and (5) student-organized scientific meetings, industry excursions, and intercultural events. Students are able to tailor their individual curriculum by choosing from a large number of courses and events.

The program teaches, on the one hand, the development of new cutting-edge techniques that are essential for studying life processes, on the other hand the application of new technologies to solve biological question. The program will furthermore teach quantitative physical approaches.

An important aim is to overcome traditional barriers between the disciplines and expose graduate students to enough physics, chemistry and biology, so that they can reach a deeper understanding of language, priorities and scientific culture in all areas, with the long-term goal of preparing students for increasingly interdisciplinary, but also increasingly quantitative research in the life sciences. In addition, the program will play a leading role in the establishement of an extended course in advanced microscopy.

Experimental research constitutes the major component of the doctoral studies and is conducted in the laboratory of a faculty member of the doctoral program. Doctoral research projects are complemented by a school-wide training program, offered to all GGNB students, who are members of a vibrant international research community. The language of the doctoral program is English.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date Application deadline and start date were not specified by the programme.
  • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Short methods courses are taught in 2-3 day units in the participating laboratories. These methods are selected from current research projects. Group size is typically limited to five participants. In 2007, approximately 30 short methods courses were offered, covering a broad range of techniques.

This catalogue is continuously extended and forms one of the main pillars of the advanced research training.Extended methods courses with lectures constitute a new feature in GGNB predoctoral education which shall be implemented in 2008. They will each last several weeks, provide intense training for 5-15 students. They will be offered once per year, with repeated sessions possible on demand.

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score: 6

    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.

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  • Minimum required score: 80

    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

I. Complete the online registration

II. Send the application packageThe application package consists of:
  • our cover sheet (pdf),
  • transcripts / academic records (Studienbuch) of your studies,
  • all academic degree diplomas (only university degrees, no secondary education degrees!),
  • certificates of other relevant examinations (e.g. GRE, if available),
  • English proficiency certificates,
  • statement by (prospective) supervisor (incl. details on funding, preliminary title and starting date of PhD project),
  • optionally: max. two reference letters,
  • optionally: 1 (one) passport photograph.

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • Free EU/EEA


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