Ph.D. On Campus

Sensory and Motor Neuroscience

University of Göttingen

36 months
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The doctoral program "Sensory and Motor Neuroscience" is a member of the Göttingen Graduate Center for Neurosciences, Biophysics, and Molecular Biosciences (GGNB). It is hosted by the University of Göttingen, the Max Planck Institute for Self-Organization and Dynamics, and the German Primate Center.


The research-oriented program in Sensory and Motor Neuroscience from University of Göttingen is taught in English and open to students who hold a Master's degree (or equivalent) in the biosciences, chemistry, physics, medicine, or related fields.


Processing of sensory information and subsequent motor responses form the basis of our interaction with the outside world. Sensory and motor deficits are common and of immense sociocultural relevance.

Exploring the principles of peripheral and central sensory processing, motor programming and response requires a combination of anatomical, physiological and computational skills.

Moreover, a general understanding of sensory coding and its conversion into cognitive processes and motor action relies on integrating specialized sensory curriculum with a broad neuroscience training.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • The program provides a specialized but interdisciplinary training to promote a new generation of scientists with a comprehensive knowledge and state-of-the-art practical and theoretical skills in sensory and motor research. 
  • In particular, it addresses students with a special interest in understanding cellular mechanisms of sensory processing, sensorimotor transformation and goal-directed behavior.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

We have no application deadlines and PhD projects in our center can start throughout the year.




On Campus

Academic requirements

GRE admission requirements GRE®

Other requirements

General requirements

  • our cover sheet (pdf),
  • certificates of other relevant examinations (e.g. GRE, if available),
  • English proficiency certificates 
  • statement by (prospective) supervisor incl. preliminary title, starting date of PhD project, prospective thesis committee members (if already known), details on funding (contract/stipend, funding source, duration of funding). If funding is not yet available for the entire duration of PhD or if supervisors plans lab move: include declaration by department that they will take over the supervision and funding.
  • short abstract of your PhD thesis half or one A4-page (is only required for the application for the programs Molecular Biology of Cells, Cellular and Molecular Physiology of the Brain and Systems Neuroscience)
  • optionally: max. two reference letters,
  • optionally: 1 (one) passport photograph.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 0 EUR per year during 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 0 EUR per year during 36 months.
  • Tuition for doctoral studies is fully subsidized by the government for international and domestic students.
  • The administrative semester fee is approx. 300 EUR 

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.


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