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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

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The faculty of mathematics in Göttingen offers excellent opportunities for pursuing a Ph.D. Doctoral students are integrated into the international research environment of Göttingen. The spectrum of possible Ph.D. topics ranges from pure over applied mathematics to mathematical stochastics. Ph.D. projects can also be interdisciplinary, with a close connection to other fields, such as mathematical physics or biophysics.

For possible supervisors and their fields of research, please see: Fields of study of faculty members

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Structured doctoral programme Mathematical sciences

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.

Credit requirements

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
For details, see: credit requirements

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Admission requirements:

  • Master in mathematics
  • alternatively, an application with a master's degree in natural sciences is possible

Language requirements:

  • Proficiency in written and spoken English is required

Further requirements:

  • confirmation of a faculty member to act as an advisor is required

Open Ph.D. positions, if available, are listed under the university’s job announcements: Vacancies of the university



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Deanery of the Faculty of Mathematics und Informatics
Bunsenstraße 3-5
37073 Göttingen

Phone: +49-551397780