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Theoretical and Computational Neuroscience, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #101 (ARWU) Göttingen, Germany
The doctoral program "Theoretical and Computational Neuroscience" is a member of the Göttingen Graduate School for Neurosciences, Biophysics, 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.
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  • The research-oriented program is taught in English and open to students who hold a Master's degree (or equivalent) in physics, computer science, life sciences, mathematics, medicine, or related fields.
  •  Understanding the computational capabilities of neural systems requires a unique mix of theoretical, computational and biological skills that were in the past distributed across different disciplines mainly biology, physics, computer science, psychology, and medicine. 
  • The graduate program Theoretical and Computational Neuroscience from Georg-August-Universität Göttingen is designed to bring these fields together thus creating a new generation of scientists that are equally at home with the thoroughly quantitative and mathematical mode of thought of the exact sciences and with the complexities of real nervous systems. 
  • The graduate program is well embedded in an excellent research infrastructure in Computational Neuroscience namely the Bernstein Center Computational Neuroscience (BCCN) Göttingen.

Detailed Programme Facts

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

Programme Structure

The research focuses on the adaptivity of the nervous system ranging from the level of single synapses to the level of cognitive processes. The brain's capability of allocating resources adaptively, i.e. flexibly and adequately, is one of the reasons why neuronal information processing is extremely swift and accurate. Research mainly addresses the dynamics of neural adaptivity starting out from adaptation phenomena occurring at four different levels of organization:

  • Synaptic Dynamics and Information Processing
  • Network-Level Adaptation
  • Motor Adaptation and Neuroprosthetics

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

The 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

  • International

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  • EU/EEA

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Living costs for Göttingen

  • 730 - 1100 EUR/month
    Living Costs

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