Molecular Science and Biotechnology of Crops and Trees, Ph.D.

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


The research projects focus on a wide scope of topics, including new methods for wood and agricultural crop production, innovative processes for the investigation of new plant characteristics and the development of new products on the basis of sustainably produced plants. This is supported by close ties to regional companies active in these areas.

The interdisciplinary programme is open to PhD candidates in the area of life sciences (e.g. agricultural science, biochemistry, biology, forestry science or related areas).

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

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

    • Duration 36 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

The PhD programme Molecular Sciences and Biotechnology in Crop Production forms part of the "Georg-August University School of Science (GAUSS) graduate school. The interdisciplinary programme is conducted by seven different departments from the participating faculties of Forest Sciences and Forest Ecology, Agricultural Sciences and Biology and is open to PhD candidates with a university Masters degree or diploma in the area of life or environmental sciences, including agricultural and forestry sciences.

Students are given the opportunity to conduct an independent research project in their specialist area. In addition, the programme encompasses lectures, seminars, method courses and language and professional skills courses. Based on this spectrum of courses, students can compile their own individual course of studies. Support in the selection of courses and the related administration is provided by the programme coordinator.

The programme takes a period of three years to complete. The PhD dissertation can be submitted in English or in German either in the traditional form of a dissertation or as a cumulative collection of several publications. Following the successful defence of the dissertation (viva), the academic title of Ph.D or Dr. rer.nat will be awarded. All courses and seminars are conducted in English. Candidates interested in applying for the programme should contact the coordination office.

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.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • 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

The following documents are required for applications:

  • application form
  • transcripts for all courses completed at university (in English or German)
  • certified copies of the relevant university degrees (in English or German)
  • TOEFL (or equivalent proof of proficiency in English)

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.