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Agricultural Economics, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #101 (ARWU) Göttingen, Germany
The PhD-Program “Agricultural Economics” (J-PPAE) is jointly offered by the Georg-August-Universität of Goettingen (Germany) and Universidad de Talca (Chile).
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Objectives of the program:

  • The application of economic theory to problems of international agribusiness, international trade, market and policy analysis, farm management, marketing and rural development
  • Carrying out relevant applied agricultural economic research in cooperation with leading research institutes and key agricultural stakeholders in Latinamerica and Europe.
  • Providing training in cutting-edge methods of quantitative and qualitative analysis Imparting the skills required to publish results in international journals.
  • Training participants in communication with policy makers and other stakeholders, and Develop solutions and strategies to combat hunger, poverty and resource depletion.

The PhD Degree in Agricultural Economics is offered by Georg-August-Universität Göttingen. Why J-PPAE?

  • Our PhD-program J-PPAE, offered by qualified partners in Chile and the EU, is encouraging interdisciplinary and international research with the aim to investigate and analyse complex questions of agricultural economics in different research areas. 
  • It has a leading role in bringing together the best PhD students in our field of research with institutions in the fields of agricultural research, policy and business - and support young scientists on their way into a scientific career. 
  • The further development of agricultural trade between Chile and the EU is associated with important challenges. Chilean exports must meet increasingly stringent food safety and quality criteria in order to enter the EU. This creates a demand in Chile for efficient monitoring and certification institutions as well as for a functioning research and development system that generates and disseminates innovations in production and marketing. The large geographic distance between Chile and the EU raises issues of sustainability and the environmental impact of trade, as do some intensive production practices in Chilean fruit and vegetable production. 
  • The impact of an increasing export orientation on livelihoods, poverty and development in rural Chile is also an important issue, as are the questions whether and how Chilean smallholders can profit from high-value export chains. Cutting-edge research and a new generation of trained specialists are required to address these challenges.
  • The major goal of J-PPAE is, as mentioned, the individual promotion of each student within the PhD-program to support the students on their way into a scientific career. Research visits abroad are highly encouraged as well as participation on national / International congresses and courses at our partner institutions. The individual study program is based on the specific needs within the research areas of the students.
  • The J-PPAE-program provides a solid foundation from which to recruit researchers, teachers and top level managers to tackle practical issues of agricultural economic.

Detailed Programme Facts

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

Programme Structure

  • Over the first year, PhD students in the program take courses in a well-established international PhD-Program Agricultural Aciences in Göttingen. During the program, PhD-candidates are part of a joint program of the Universities of Göttingen and Talca. PhD-topics are suggested for their ensuring PhD research. Students develop thesis proposals in the course of the first year in Göttingen, during a workshop PhD-students can present their PhD-proposal.
  • Field work and data collection begins in the second year. The location of this year is either Göttingen or Talca, depending on the PhD-topic. All students complete the required module credits and present their second annual progress reports in joint workshop in Talca at the end of the second year.
  • The third year is spent at the University of Talca, where participants carry out their PhD research in dynamic scientific environment. This year is dedicated to data analysis and drafting papers and the PhD thesis. It closes with workshop, at which theses will be presented and defended, again with the participation of representatives of the involved cooperation partners.

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General Requirements

Successful candidates must meet the following criteria: 

  • A consecutive Master degree or Licenciatura (300 ECTS incl. BSc) in a relevant field of study with an excellent grade (better than 2.9 German- or 5.1 Chilean Grade)
  • excellent English proficiency (TOEFL >79 pts)
  • two letters of recommendation
  • agreement to provide PhD-supervision from a member of one of the participating departments
  • special qualification, which will be evaluated within an interview

Tuition Fee

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Living costs for Göttingen

  • 730 - 1100 EUR/month
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