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Behavior and Cognition (Ph.D.)

Name of the Program: Behavior and Cognition (Ph.D.)
Degree: Dr. rer. nat. or Ph.D.
Implementation: Summer and wintersemester
Regular duration: Six semesters
Application: Online-Application
Application deadline and beginning:January 31st for the following summer term; July 31st for the following winter term
Requirements: Master in Biology or Psychology, or a related field from the natural sciences; „fast track“ admission from the affiliated master programs in Psychology or DNB (Developmental, Neural and Behavioral Biology) at the University of Göttingen is possible for outstanding candidates. Confirmation of willingness to supervise the candidate, signed by a member of the PhD program.
Language Requirements: Proof of proficiency in English


Brief Description
The focus of this study program is on the foundations and the evolution of nonhuman and human primate behavior. Research projects are undertaken in the fields of psychology, anthropology and evolutionary biology, with an emphasis on comparative approaches. Core areas are the evolution of social behavior, group behavior and group coordination, developmental psychology, as well as the cognitive and physiological foundations of behavior. The program is run by the Faculty of Biology and Psychology of the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, the Courant Research Centre "Text Structures" and the German Primate Center. Interdisciplinary collaboration and exchange are an important element of this study program.

Doctoral students are affiliated with one (or sometimes two) of the research groups of this program. Each project is supervised by a three-member thesis committee. The exchange across groups and disciplines is fostered by the integration of the doctoral students into the Courant Research Centres „Evolution of Social Behaviour” and „Text structures" funded by the German Initiative of Excellence. Its regular research colloquium provides a platform for progress reports and discussions. Participation in scientific meetings and workshops is encouraged. In addition to the core research, a moderate amount of course work and teaching is required (total number of credits: 20).

Students interested in this program should contact the heads of the labs affiliated with this program to check for open positions and funding possibilities.

Language requirements:
Applicants whose native language is not English are asked to submit proof of proficiency in English. The following certificates can be accepted:
Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (at least grade "B")
Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (at least grade "C")
IELTS Academic (at least band 6)
TOEFL-iBT (at least 80 points)
TOEFL-PBT (at least 550 points)
CEF (at least C1)
UNIcertF (at least level III)
The successful completion of an English-speaking study program is accepted


Admission: Applications are to be submitted electronically to the coordination office. Prior to the formal admission process, students need to get in touch with their intended main advisors to check for open positions and funding possibilities.