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Mathematical Sciences, Ph.D.

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    Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #101 (ARWU) Göttingen, Germany
The Göttingen math department offers excellent and manifold opportunities for pursuing a career towards a doctoral degree. Students are integrated into the international and inspiring environment of the department. The PhD Degree in Mathematical Sciences is offered by Georg-August-Universität Göttingen.
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  • The spectrum of possible Ph.D research topics ranges from pure over applied mathematics to mathematical statistics. Ph.D projects may also be interdisciplinary, with close connections to other disciplines, such as mathematical physics or biophysics.
  • The Ph.D program usually takes three years. During the entire program, doctoral candidates are students of the University of Göttingen. Aside from the research program, Ph.D candidates are additionally required to attend lectures and seminars in order to broaden their knowledge and to acquire new skills. Ph.D students are also expected to present their research results at international conferences and workshops.
  • Ph.D students are integrated into the research activities of up to two research groups. Ph.D students are guided through their program by a thesis committee (comprised of three faculty members) for quality insurance. 

Detailed Programme Facts

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

Programme Structure

  • During the PhD programme, achievements covering 30 credits (abbreviated C) have to be acquired and proven when reporting for the doctoral examination. Part of this is e. g. the participation in scientific colloquia and seminars as well as the participation in an extern scientific symposium of the research area. 

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

  • Admission requirements: Master in mathematics; application with a master's degree in natural sciences is possible; confirmation of a faculty member to act as an advisor is required
  • Language requirements: Proficiency in written and spoken English is required

Tuition Fee

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Living costs for Göttingen

  • 730 - 1100 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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).

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