Mathematical Sciences (Ph.D.)
With a doctoral degree in mathematics, you can pursue a research career in mathematics or take up an attractive leadership position outside academia.
- Mathematical Sciences
- Ph.D. or Dr. rer. nat.
- Graduate School:
- Standard period of study:
- 6 semesters
- Start of studies:
- Winter or summer semester
- Language of the programme:
- Application via the Faculty
The Göttingen math department offers excellent and manifold opportunities for pursuing a career towards a doctoral degree. Students are integrated into the international and inspiring environment of the department. The spectrum of possible PhD research topics ranges from pure over applied mathematics to mathematical statistics. PhD projects may also be interdisciplinary, with close connections to other disciplines, such as mathematical physics or biophysics.
For more information about the various research topics of the Göttingen math department, please consult the faculty homepages. The PhD program usually takes three years. During the entire program, doctoral candidates are students of the University of Göttingen. Aside from the research program, PhD candidates are additionally required to attend lectures and seminars in order to broaden their knowledge and to acquire new skills. PhD students are also expected to present their research results at international conferences and workshops.
PhD students are integrated into the research activities of up to two research groups. PhD students are guided through their program by a thesis committee (comprised of three faculty members) for quality insurance.
For possible supervisors and their fields of research, please see:
Fields of study of faculty members
The Ph.D. programme usually takes three years and is integrated into the doctoral programme in Mathematical Sciences. During the entire programme, doctoral candidates are enrolled as students of the University of Göttingen. Ph.D. candidates attend lectures and seminars in order to broaden their knowledge and to acquire new skills. Ph.D. students present their research results at international conferences and workshops.
During the Ph.D. programme, students acquire 30 credit points (abbreviated C) prior to their thesis defense. Credits are obtained by participating in lectures, scientific colloquia and seminars as well as in external scientific symposia.
These 30 credits consist of:
- 6 C research programme
- 12 C study programme
- 9 C advanced seminars
- 3 C key competences