Biodiversity and Society, Ph.D.

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    Application Deadline
  • 36 months
  • Tuition
    Tuition (Year)
    Tuition (Year)
  • English, German (take IELTS)
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The doctoral degree programme is dedicated to the social science question about approaches to clarifying the estimation of the value and evaluation of biodiversity. The research perspective therefore focuses on the processes of negotiation in the area of conflict between the fields of conservation and utilization of biological diversity.


The interdisciplinary doctoral degree programme has the following major subjects:

  • Agricultural Science (environmental and resource economics, agricultural ecology, farm management, crop science)
  • Economics (environmental and institutional economics, production and logistics)
  • Biology (didactics of biology, social psychology and communications psychology)
  • Law (international economic and environmental law)
  • Social sciences (sustainability, cooperative action)
  • Philosophy (practical philosophy and ethics)

Within the interdisciplinary doctoral degree programme, there are three thematic clusters:

  • Cluster I: Biological diversity of traditional agricultural scenarios from the perspective of producers
  • Cluster II: Biological diversity of traditional agricultural scenarios from the perspective of consumers / citizens
  • Cluster III: Biological diversity in agricultural scenarios from the European / international perspective

Detailed Programme Facts

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

Programme Structure

Courses Included:
  • Protection and utilization of biological diversity - Introductory event and seminar on the basics
  • Acquisition of methodological skills, research methods courses, key qualifications
  • Reflecting research - optimizing meetings with project-specific support
  • Research network exchange + meeting with visiting international scholars and scientists
  • Publishing research tutorials, including publication project

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score: 7

    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: 550

    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: 80

    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

As a prerequisite for admission to doctoral studies the candidate must have completed either a Masters degree, which has been acquired in a two-year Masters degree programme of 120 ECTS credits, or a total course of studies of at least 300 ECTS credits with a Diploma or equivalent qualification from a German university or from a university located in one of the Bologna signatory countries, in a relevant subject area according to Paragraph 3, and the candidate must be particularly suitable for this degree programme according to Paragraph 6.

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • Free International
  • Free EU/EEA


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