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Biological Diversity and Ecology, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #101 (ARWU) Göttingen, Germany
The doctoral studies Biological Diversity and Ecology programme from Georg-August-Universität Göttingen qualifies for scientific work in the areas of biodiversity and ecology in university and non-university research institutes. It leads to a Ph.D. or a doctorate.
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The subject in Göttingen: fields, main areas of research

Main areas of study and research with the 19 professorships associated with the Göttingen Centre for Biodiversity and Ecology.


The graduates of the doctoral studies programme will become the next generation of scientists at scientific institutes of research and teaching, such as universities, Max Planck Institutes, as well as regional and national laboratories and centres of research. Furthermore, they can work in executive positions with the administration and agencies concerned with the environment or nature conservation, as well as with national and international organisations in the areas of conservation or agronomy/forestry.

The PhD Degree in Biological Diversity and Ecology 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

Programme structure

The central object of the doctoral studies programme is the production of a dissertation. Additionally, an average of 3 credits must be earned each semester in interdisciplinary or subject-related activities (courses, colloquiums, etc.); 3 of these credits must be earned each year by the completion of interdisciplinary activities held in English. In this way and by submitting work reports to the examination board at regular intervals, a total of 20 credits must be earned.

Optional/recommended profiles

Main areas of study and research with the 19 professorships associated with the Göttingen Centre for Biodiversity and Ecology

English Language Requirements

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General Requirements

  • Certificate of a university Diploma or Master's degree (or equivalent; in English or German, as an authenticated copy or translation) upon the completion of at least 8 semesters in the field of life or environmental sciences or related disciplines in organismic biology;
  • Curriculum vitae;
  • List of professional and scientific activities in the field of biological diversity and ecology;
  • Statement on former applications (with or without success) for doctorate studies;
  • Signed confirmation from the supervisor on the acceptance of the applicant as a doctoral student, and on the supply with sufficient resources in her or his working group;
  • Statement on the motivation for the application

Tuition Fee

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Living costs for Göttingen

  • 730 - 1100 EUR/month
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