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Social Sciences, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
University rank #101 (ARWU) Göttingen, Germany
The aim of the doctoral programme in Social Sciences at the Faculty of Social Sciences from Georg-August-Universität Göttingen is to qualify the students for taking on responsible tasks in research and education and in non-university fields of occupation.
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Overview

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.

Occupational fields

Academic education and research work in university and non-university research institutes, managerial positions in the field of public relations and media, in administration, knowledge management, international organisations and intercultural transfer, adult education and continuing education, in associations, advisory agencies as well as in marketing and opinion research. 

Detailed Programme Facts

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

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.
  • Academic education and research work in university and non-university research institutes, managerial positions in the field of public relations and media, in administration, knowledge management, international organisations and intercultural transfer, adult education and continuing education, in associations, advisory agencies as well as in marketing and opinion research. 

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    79

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  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

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General Requirements

Admission 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

  • International

    Free
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    Free
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Göttingen

  • 730 - 1100 EUR/month
    Living Costs

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