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

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #101 (ARWU) Göttingen, Germany
The PhD programme Molecular Sciences and Biotechnology of Crops and Trees from Georg-August-Universität Göttingen aims to provide students with well-founded training in the area of Molecular Plant Sciences.
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  • A sustainable supply of agriculture and forestry products is of essential importance in the current context of the European Agricultural reform, the increasing amounts of land required for the production of renewable resources (e.g. Biogas, Bioethanol) and the rising demand for plant-based products for chemical resources. 
  • 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). The PhD programme Molecular Sciences and Biotechnology of Crops and Trees from Georg-August-Universität Göttingen

Detailed Programme Facts

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

Programme Structure

The following methods courses are offered in the framework of the PhD programme “Molecular Sciences and Biotechnology in Crop Production":

  • Polymerase Chain Reaction
  • Introduction to Calorimeter
  • Use of Radioactive Isotopes in Plant Physiology

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. 


  • Prof. Dr. H. Becker
  • Prof. Dr. I. Feußner
  • Prof. Dr. R. Finkeldey
  • Prof. Dr. C. Gatz
  • Prof. Dr. U. Kües
  • Prof. Dr. A. Polle
  • Prof. Dr. S. Schütz
  • Prof. Dr. K. Krutovsky

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

  • Potential applicants should hold a Master of Science (M.Sc.) or an equivalent academic degree from the fields of life or environmental sciences, including forestry or agricultural sciences (agricultural sciences, biology, biochemistry, chemistry, forestry sciences etc.).

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

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Living costs for Göttingen

  • 730 - 1100 EUR/month
    Living Costs

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