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
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.
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
- Master in mathematics
- alternatively, an application with a master's degree in natural sciences is possible
- Proficiency in written and spoken English is required
- 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