Social Sciences, Ph.D.

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    Application Deadline
  • 36 months
  • Tuition
    Tuition (Year)
    Tuition (Year)
  • English, German (take IELTS)
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The aim of the doctoral programme in Social Sciences at the Faculty of Social Sciences is to qualify the students for taking on responsible tasks in research and education and in non-university fields of occupation.


A research-oriented, post-graduate course of education with a set curriculum enables students to master the modern theories and methods of the social sciences, to critically reflect upon them and apply them as well as to produce scientific knowledge. In addition, key qualifications are also conveyed.

The joint object of research of the individual disciplines at the Faculty of Social Sciences is the social action of humans at a historically and socially definable location. Based on current social processes and problems the conditions for individual and collective actions are examined, their cultural, gender and class specific forms described and its effects and consequences on macrosocial as well as microsocial level are examined. The aim is to use this unique combination found only at the Faculty of Social Sciences in Göttingen in order to theoretically and empirically penetrate current fields of science from different perspectives.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date Application deadline and start date were not specified by the programme.
  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Duration 36 months
  • Languages
    • English
    • German
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Programme structure
The programme is completely modularized. In the first and second year of study, students will take courses on the basics of methods and scientific theories of the social sciences as well as on modern theories in the social sciences. A workshop serving as an opportunity to check on progress and prospects takes place during the lecture-free period in the second year. In the third year of study, the dissertation is the main topic of focus. Doctoral colloquia are offered every year. Good knowledge of English and German are required.

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    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.

    Take IELTS test
  • Minimum required score:


    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:


    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

Degree from a university programme or at a comparable institute of higher education in a discipline represented at the Faculty of Social Sciences. The above average completion of a programme of study is documented by a Master's degree, a Magister or Diplom examination or a comparable academic degree with a grade of at least good (up to 2.5).

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • Free International
  • Free EU/EEA


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