Applied Statistics and Empirical Methods, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
  • Tuition
    Tuition (Year)
    Tuition (Year)
  • English (take IELTS)


The Ph.D. program is especially designed for

  • Ph.D. students who are interested in a statistical or empirical PhD project
  • Ph.D. students who's supervisor is a member of the Centre for Statistics
Ph.D. students from Georg-August-University Göttingen and other Universities, who need further skills in statistical or empirical methods for their project and are not eligible for the Ph.D. Program can apply for the Certificate Programm in Applied Statistics and Empirical Methods. This also applies for students from research training groups (Graduiertenkollegs) since they are already enroled in a Ph.D. program.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

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

    • Duration 36 months
  • Credits
    27 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

In total 27 credit points will be accumulated. These credits will be gained by passing courses oin the following areas:

  • at least 12 ECTS on statistical methodology
  • at least 4 ECTS on specialisation courses
  • research seminars (4 ECTS)
  • summer schools and conferences (3 ECTS)
  • key competencies (4 ECTS)

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:


    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

  • sound knowledge of basic statistics and methodology (30 ECTS or equivalent; with 15 ECTS a conditional admission is possible)
  • adequate skills in English language (language requirements)
  • a Master or Diploma (or equivalent) in one of the following fields:
  • agricultural sciences
  • biosciences
  • computer sciences
  • economics
  • forest sciences
  • mathematics/statistics
  • medicine/epidemiology
  • physics
  • psychology
  • social sciences

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.