Ph.D. On Campus

Behavior and Cognition

University of Göttingen

36 months
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The focus of this PhD Degree in Behavior and Cognition at University of Göttingen is on the foundations and the evolution of nonhuman and human primate behavior. Research projects are undertaken in the fields of psychology, anthropology and evolutionary biology, with an emphasis on comparative approaches.


Core areas are the evolution of social behavior, group behavior and group coordination, developmental psychology, as well as the cognitive and physiological foundations of behavior. 

The Behavior and Cognition program is run by the Faculty of Biology and Psychology of the University of Göttingen and the German Primate Center. Interdisciplinary collaboration and exchange are an important element of this study program.


Doctoral students are affiliated with one (or sometimes two) of the research groups of this program. Each project is supervised by a three-member thesis committee. A regular research colloquium provides a platform for progress reports and discussions. Participation in scientific meetings and workshops is encouraged. 

Programme Structure


  • Acquiring knowledge of and reflecting on research
  • Technical and methodological basics
  • Scientific teaching
  • Scientific communication 
  • Key competencies

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

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On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • degree certificates. If the certificates are not issued in English or German, a translation (into English or German) is required.
  • a certificate of proficiency in English 
  • certificates of additional qualifications relevant for the program. This includes publications, practical training, teaching and work experiences
  • a CV, written in English. It shall also cover the applicant's previous scientific career
  • a declaration whether another PhD dissertation will be or has been completed successfully or unsuccessfully
  • a letter confirming supervison by a member of BeCog
  • a confirmation stating that no commercial facilitators were involved in the application process; furthermore, a confirmation is required that no benefits conflicting with the dissertation protocol were received and that there are no grounds that may lead to a withdrawal of a doctoral degree
  • a short project proposal

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Living costs for Göttingen

730 - 1100 EUR /month
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