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Geoscience, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #101 (ARWU) Göttingen, Germany
The PhD programme Geoscience at Georg-August-Universität Göttingen is based on three research focus of the faculty. These are: Coupling processes between the geosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere and biosphere; Dynamics and transport processes of the lithosphere and Coupled processes in Georeservoirs
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  • By participating in a number of externally funded projects, doctoral candidates learn to perform independent scientific work. Through active participation in the scientific affairs of the faculty or the Geoscience Centre, students acquire knowledge and skills that go beyond a curricular programme of study.
  • This research focus examines geological, mineralogical, crystallographic and biological processes in the formation of minerals and rocks. Interactions at different geological and biological interfaces are investigated. At these interfaces mass transfer processes take place, beginning in the low-thermal region and extending to the upper temperature limit for life (110-120°C).
  • This priority focuses on the fundamental processes that control the dynamics of the lithosphere and the design of the earth's surface. The extent and nature of volcanic eruptions are determined by the physical properties of melts and their chemical evolution in the magma reservoir. The geochemical composition, isotopic tracers and the physical properties of the magmas are examined analytically and experimentally. They make it possible to reconstruct the origin, depth and activity of magma chambers.
  • The development of geological reservoirs in the earth's crust (Georeservoirs) has been intensified worldwide over the past decades. For example, the use of geothermal energy as a renewable, base-load energy source (geothermal), the storage of gas and energy in geological formations as well as the long-term injection of CO2 into Georeservoirs related to climate change measures (CCS - carbon capture and storage) are of growing economic and social importance.

Detailed Programme Facts

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

Programme Structure

The PhD programme Geoscience is based on three research foci of the faculty. These are:

  • Coupling processes between the geosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere and biosphere
  • Dynamics and transport processes of the lithosphere
  • Coupled processes in Georeservoirs

English Language Requirements

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General Requirements

  • You must have a Master‘s Degree or a proof of equivalent academic achievement. Usually, a final grade point average of at least 2.5 on the German grading scale (which equals good or B+) is required.

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Living costs for Göttingen

  • 730 - 1100 EUR/month
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