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Geoscience (Ph.D.)


The doctoral program is embedded in ongoing externally funded research projects in the various disciplines and ensures an attractive high scientific level of doctoral training.

Dr. rer. nat or Ph.D.
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Standard period of study:
6 semesters
Winter or summer semester
Restricted (application to the faculty)

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Programme description

The PhD programme Geoscience is based on three research foci of the faculty. These are:

  1. Coupling processes between the geosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere and biosphere
  2. Dynamics and transport processes of the lithosphere
  3. Coupled processes in Georeservoirs

By participating in a number of externally funded projects, doctoral candidates learn to perform independent scientific work. Through active participation in the scientific affairs of the faculty or the Geoscience Centre, students acquire knowledge and skills that go beyond a curricular programme of study.

Georg-August-University School of Science (GAUSS)

The doctoral programme in Geoscience is captured under the umbrella of the Georg-August University School of Science (GAUSS). The GAUSS is responsible for PhD students and supervisors from the five faculties of Biology and Psychology, Chemistry, Geoscience and Geography, Mathematics and Computer Science, and Physics.

Working on research projects towards their doctorate the students are supported in the development of scientific networks in an international environment on the Göttingen Campus and beyond. The granting of doctoral degrees is however autonomous to each faculty.



The doctoral candidate must successfully complete examination prerequisites in a scope totalling at least 20 ECTS credits (C)

The focus of the PhD programme lies on the individual research of the PhD students, which is accompanied by a variety of courses: 20 ECTS are gained by completing courses, one compulsory course on theory and methods is included, and three elective courses are part of the programme (e.g., on reflecting research, scientific communication, scientific teaching, key competencies, etc.).Students are free to decide on the specific courses they will complete during each semester.

Regulations and module directory


Application deadlines

  • 31st January for the summer semester
  • 31st July for the winter semester

Previous studies

  • Master’s degree or equivalent in Geoscience or a suitable other subject.
  • The examination board decides whether the respective master’s subject is regarded as suitable.

Further requirements

  • The confirmation of one potential supervisor from the Faculty of Geoscience and Geography to supervise the doctoral thesis is required upon application.
  • proof of sufficient English language skills by means of an internationally recognised test or equivalent performance.
  • Please see the course website for the entire admission regulations and details about the application procedure



Academic Advising

Sandra Beckmann
Office of the Dean of the Faculty of Geoschience and Geography
Goldschmidtstraße 3
37077 Göttingen

Phone: +49 (0)551 / 39-27976
Fax +49 (0)551 / 39-7974