Students who have passed the examinations at the end of the first year with good or excellent results qualify for direct admission to a three-year doctoral project in one of the participating research groups without being required to complete a Master's thesis first.
The PhD program emphasizes independent research carried out by the students. Doctoral students select three faculty members as their doctoral committee, who closely monitors progress and advises the students with regard to their research project.
The doctoral research project is complemented by a PhD curriculum. The Götingen Graduate School for Neurosciences, Biophysics, and Molecular Biosciences (GGNB), which is funded by the German Excellence Initiative, offers a large variety of training activities, including more than 150 scientific methods course and more than 40 professional skills courses, language courses, and industry excursions together with various additional measures for career development. All PhD students have full access to all courses and events and are free to tailor their curriculum according to their needs.
Credit requirements are modest. According to the doctoral regulations, a student completes the equivalent of at least 20 credits (C) according to the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) by choosing courses which are suitable with respect to her/his special area of study:
- Participation in special lectures and active participation in seminars (min. 5 C)
- Participation in methods courses (min. 2 C)
- Active participation in teaching (min. 4 C)
- Active participation in scientific meeting (min. 2 C)
- Key qualifications (min. 1 C)
One credit is equivalent of a workload of approx. 30 hours including the time needed for preparation and follow-up.
At the end of the PhD program, a doctoral thesis is submitted either in the traditional format, or as a collection of scientific publications in internationally recognized journals along with a general introduction and discussion of the results.
The degree of a "Doctor of Philosophy" (Ph.D.) or, alternatively, "Doctor of Natural Sciences" (Dr. rer. nat.) will be awarded after successful defense of the doctoral thesis.
Candidates that have previously graduated from
Medical School can receive an MD-PhD
The doctoral regulations of the Göttingen Graduate School for Neurosciences, Biophysics, and Molecular Biosciences (GGNB) apply and are available for download.