PhD Degree in Natural Sciences in Germany

Compare PhD Programs in Natural Sciences in Germany 2017

Natural Sciences

The most popular doctorate is the Doctor of Philosophy or Ph.D. Ph.D.s and other study doctorates prepare graduate student to launch new plans that add to the common knowledge base of the field. Candidates for and holders of Ph.D.s often seek professions as professors and researchers, but many also go on to different roles in the charitable, public, and private sectors.

Natural Science is the field of science that studies the natural processes in the world. A PhD in Natural Science takes natural science studies to the next level, providing a deep understanding of these processes and how they affect life on the planet.

Germany, officially the Federal Republic of Germany, is a federal parliamentary republic in western-central Europe. The country consists of 16 states, and its capital and largest city is Berlin.

Top Doctoral Programs in Natural Sciences in Germany 2017

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PhD in Physics of Biological and Complex Systems

University of Göttingen
Campus Full time 3 years Open Enrollment Germany Göttingen

The GGNB doctoral program / International Max Planck Research School "Physics of Biological and Complex Systems" is a member of the Göttingen Graduate School for Neurosciences, Biophysics, and Molecular Biosciences (GGNB). The research-oriented program is taught in English and open to students who hold a Master's degree (or equivalent) in the physics, biophysics, chemistry, life sciences, medicine, or related fields. [+]

PhD in Physics of Biological and Complex Systems

 

The GGNB doctoral program / International Max Planck Research School "Physics of Biological and Complex Systems" is a member of the Göttingen Graduate School for Neurosciences and Molecular Biosciences (GGNB). It is conducted jointly by the University of Göttingen, the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, and the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization.The research-oriented program is taught in English and open to students who hold a Master's degree (or equivalent) in the physics, biophysics, chemistry, life sciences, medicine, or related fields.Building upon the increasingly strong links between physics, chemistry and the life sciences, the program aims at advancing the quantitative and molecular understanding of life processes while at the same time exploring new frontiers of physics. Research topics include biomolecular structure and dynamics, biological membranes, motor proteins and pattern formation in systems of interacting cells, neuronal information processing, and hydrodynamics and pattern formation of complex fluids.The program offers cutting-edge advanced microscopy courses and teaches the basics of new cutting-edge techniques essential for studying life processes in combination with quantitative physical approaches and synthetic strategies. An important aim is to overcome traditional barriers between disciplines and expose graduate students to physics, chemistry and biology for a deeper understanding of all areas preparing students for increasingly interdisciplinary life sciences.... [-]


PhD in Solar System Science

University of Göttingen
Campus Full time 6 semesters October 2017 Germany Göttingen

The Solar System School recruits and supports excellent junior researchers, offering them training towards a PhD degree in physics at an international graduate school in a vibrant geo- and astrophysics research environment. [+]

International Max Planck Research School for Solar System Science at the University of Göttingen The Solar System School recruits and supports excellent junior researchers, offering them training towards a PhD degree in physics at an international graduate school in a vibrant geo- and astrophysics research environment. The Solar System School The "International Max Planck Research School for Solar System Science at the University of Göttingen" (IMPRS, Solar System School) is a collaboration of the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research and the University of Göttingen offering an international PhD programme in physics. The Solar System School is a research-oriented graduate programme hosted by the Max Planck Institute (MPS) on the Göttingen Campus in the centre of Germany. In this unique environment, the IMPRS School is run jointly with the Institute for Astrophysics and the Institute of Geophysics. Junior researchers joining the doctoral programme will find that these institutes offer excellent facilities, internationally renowned researchers and experienced teachers, and provide excellent conditions to specialise in the field of Solar System science. The research topics for doctoral theses address scientific problems from all areas of Solar System research represented at the institute, from geophysics and planetary physics to Solar and stellar physics as well as the underlying fundamental physics, computational physics, and space technology. High-profile space missions, outstanding projects for ground-based instruments and data analysis as well as theoretical and extensive numerical modeling provide a wide range of research possibilities for PhD students. During their three-year PhD education, the candidates are advised by senior scientists. About 50 highly qualified doctoral candidates from more than 30 countries study at the Solar System School at any given time. The language of instruction is English. The curriculum has been designed to impart a broad, interdisciplinary and solid scientific education in astronomy and astrophysics, solar physics, and planetary sciences. It also includes additional qualification courses relevant for academic or non-academic careers. Admittance to the programme is competitive and requires a Master of Science degree in physics or a related field, including a written Master's thesis. Calls for applications are issued once a year. Along with each call for applications, the School publishes a list of open PhD projects. Applications must be made through the online application portal. Successful applicants are offered a three-year doctoral support contract as well as postdoc wrap-up funding. Graduate students obtain their PhD degree in a major scientific discipline with optimal career opportunities. [-]

PhD in Molecular Sciences and Biotechnology of Crops and Trees

University of Göttingen
Campus Full time 6 semesters October 2017 Germany Göttingen

The PhD programme „Molecular Sciences and Biotechnology in Crop Production“ forms part of the "Georg-August University School of Science (GAUSS)” graduate school. The interdisciplinary programme is conducted by seven different departments from the participating faculties of Forest Sciences and Forest Ecology, Agricultural Sciences and Biology and is open to PhD candidates with a university Masters degree or diploma in the area of life or environmental sciences, including agricultural and forestry sciences. [+]

Best Doctorate Programs in Natural Sciences in Germany 2017. The PhD programme "Molecular Sciences and Biotechnology in Crop Production“ forms part of the "Georg-August University School of Science (GAUSS)” graduate school. The interdisciplinary programme is conducted by seven different departments from the participating faculties of Forest Sciences and Forest Ecology, Agricultural Sciences and Biology and is open to PhD candidates with a university Masters degree or diploma in the area of life or environmental sciences, including agricultural and forestry sciences. Students are given the opportunity to conduct an independent research project in their specialist area. In addition, the programme encompasses lectures, seminars, method courses and language and professional skills courses. Based on this spectrum of courses, students can compile their own individual course of studies. Support in the selection of courses and the related administration is provided by the programme coordinator. The programme takes a period of three years to complete. The PhD dissertation can be submitted in English or in German either in the traditional form of a dissertation or as a cumulative collection of several publications. Following the successful defence of the dissertation (viva), the academic title of Ph.D or Dr. rer.nat will be awarded. All courses and seminars are conducted in English. Candidates interested in applying for the programme should contact the coordination office. Application Potential applicants should hold a Master of Science (M.Sc.) or an equivalent academic degree from the fields of life or environmental sciences, including forestry or agricultural sciences (agricultural sciences, biology, biochemistry, chemistry, forestry sciences etc.). Candidates whose first language is not English must also be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English. The application form can be downloaded from the website. Please send all documents outlined in the application form to the coordination office. If you have any further questions regarding the programme, please contact the programme coordinator. The following documents are required for applications: application form transcripts for all courses completed at university (in English or German) certified copies of the relevant university degrees (in English or German) TOEFL (or equivalent proof of proficiency in English) [-]

PhD in Microbiology and Biochemistry

University of Göttingen
Campus Full time 6 semesters October 2017 Germany Göttingen

The doctoral program "Microbiology and Biochemistry" is a member of the Göttingen Graduate School for Neurosciences, Biophysics, and Molecular Biosciences (GGNB). The research-oriented program is taught in English and open to students who hold a Master's degree (or equivalent) in the biosciences, chemistry, physics, medicine, or related fields. [+]

PhD in Microbiology and Biochemistry

 

The doctoral program "Microbiology and Biochemistry" is a member of the Göttingen Graduate School for Neurosciences and Molecular Biosciences (GGNB). It is hosted by the Göttingen Center for Molecular Biosciences (GZMB) and is conducted jointly by the University of Göttingen and the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry.The research-oriented program is taught in English and open to students who hold a Master's degree (or equivalent) in the biosciences, chemistry, physics, medicine, or related fields.The Microbiology and Biochemistry program accepts students who are interested in all problems of microbiology and biochemistry. Training is aimed at achieving a comparative understanding of microorganisms work at a molecular level and how they contribute to interactions in their natural environments; a critical sense of how to apply comprehensive genomic analysis tools, and an ability to set up and test conceptual models for molecular functions.... [-]


PhD in Mathematical Sciences

University of Göttingen
Campus Full time 6 semesters October 2017 Germany Göttingen

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 Ph.D research topics ranges from pure over applied mathematics to mathematical statistics. [+]

Best Doctorate Programs in Natural Sciences in Germany 2017. Description of Study Program 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 Ph.D research topics ranges from pure over applied mathematics to mathematical statistics. Ph.D 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 Ph.D program usually takes three years. During the entire program, doctoral candidates are students of the University of Göttingen. Aside from the research program, Ph.D candidates are additionally required to attend lectures and seminars in order to broaden their knowledge and to acquire new skills. Ph.D students are also expected to present their research results at international conferences and workshops. Ph.D students are integrated into the research activities of up to two research groups. Ph.D students are guided through their program by a thesis committee (comprised of three faculty members) for quality insurance. If you are interested in pursuing a Ph.D in mathematics in Göttingen, please contact a faculty member in order to inquire about open position and financial support. Programme name: Mathematical Sciences (Ph.D.) Degree: Ph.D. or Dr. rer. nat. Standard period of study: 6 semesters Starting semester: Winter or summersemester Admission terms: Limited admissions, application to the faculty Admission requirements: Master in mathematics; application with a master's degree in natural sciences is possible; confirmation of a faculty member to act as an advisor is required Language requirements: Proficiency in written and spoken English is required Application: Contact a faculty member to inquire about open positions [-]

PhD in Forestry and Forest Ecology

University of Göttingen
Campus Full time 6 semesters October 2017 Germany Göttingen

Students deepen and broaden their scientific knowledge in forest sciences and forest ecology. The programme consists of following modules: research methods, subject-specific knowledge extension, interdisciplinary topics, PhD colloquium and key qualifications. [+]

PhD in Forestry and Forest Ecology (Dr. forest. / Ph.D.)Degree: Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Dr. forest.Standard period or study: six semestersStarting semester: Winter semester or summer semesterAdmission: the admission is limited (application to the faculty)Admission requirements: above-average master degree in related fields and letter of endorsement from professor of the facultyLanguage requirement: German (DHS certificate) or English (must be certified by TOEFL or IELTS), if not native speakerDescription

Students deepen and broaden their scientific knowledge in forest sciences and forest ecology. The programme consists of following modules: research methods, subject-specific knowledge extension, interdisciplinary topics, PhD colloquium and key qualifications... [-]


PhD in Environmental informatics

University of Göttingen
Campus Full time 6 semesters October 2017 Germany Göttingen

Environmental informatics is understood to be an integrated subject consisting of bio-, eco-and geoinformatics in addition to scientific computing. [+]

PhD in Environmental informatics

 

Environmental informatics is understood to be an integrated subject consisting of bio-, eco-and geoinformatics in addition to scientific computing. By using the tools of informatics in this subject, anyone can study or model objects, structures, regulatory networks, processes (signals, materials and information flows) at various scales and integration levels. Under the umbrella of environmental informatics, the transfer of knowledge about biological, ecological and environmental systems and the system-orientated integration of such will be improved and promoted using modern methods and technology. This important integrative approach at the system level is effective due to the efficient academic and education-related measures set up with the establishment of the MSc and PhD programmes in environmental informatics and their embedment in GAUSS and in the research landscape Göttingen. The excellent biological, ecosystemic, environmental and mathematical research in Göttingen requires the establishment of a corresponding integrated Master and PhD programme in environmental informatics, from which important innovative scientific impulses and contributions can be expected.... [-]


PhD in Catalysis for Sustainable Synthesis

University of Göttingen
Campus Full time 6 semesters October 2017 Germany Göttingen

Modern developments in sustainable catalytic chemistry form the focus of the "Catalysis for Sustainable Synthesis" doctoral programme at the University Göttingen and the Technical University Braunschweig. [+]

PhD in Catalysis for Sustainable Synthesis (Ph.D./Dr. rer. nat.)Modern developments in sustainable catalytic chemistry form the focus of the "Catalysis for Sustainable Synthesis" doctoral programme at Göttingen. This degree programme in the English language is directly connected with one of the research foci of the Faculty of Chemistry. This doctoral programme is characterised by excellent research possibilities, renowned supervisors, international partners and a thematically co-ordinated programme of studies. The Lower Saxony Ministry of Science and Culture supports the study programme by awarding a number of scholarships.

Degree: Dr. rer.nat./Ph.D.Standard period or study: 3 years (6 semester)Starting semester: Winter or summer semesterApplication deadline:January 31st (summer semester) Juli 31st (winter semester)Admission: Limited admission (application to the Faculty)Admission requirements: Diploma or Master degreeLanguage requirements: English (verification required)... [-]


PhD in Biological Diversity and Ecology

University of Göttingen
Campus Full time 6 semesters October 2017 Germany Göttingen

The doctoral studies programme qualifies for scientific work in the areas of biodiversity and ecology in university and non-university research institutes. [+]

PhD in Biological Diversity and Ecology

 

Degree: Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) or doctorate (Dr. rer. nat.)Standard period of study: 6 semestersStart of programme: winter or summer semesterAdmission: admission restricted (application with the faculty)Admission for international applicants: admission restricted (application with the university)Terms of admission: interviewLanguage requirements: good knowledge of English (mother tongue/internationally acknowledged certificate/equivalent knowledge)

 

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The doctoral studies programme qualifies for scientific work in the areas of biodiversity and ecology in university and non-university research institutes. It leads to a Ph.D. or a doctorate.The subject in Göttingen: fields, main areas of researchMain areas of study and research with the 19 professorships associated with the Göttingen Centre for Biodiversity and Ecology... [-]


PhD in Applied Statistics and Empirical Methods

University of Göttingen
Campus Full time 6 semesters October 2017 Germany Göttingen

The Centre for Statistics offers an international and interdisciplinary Ph.D. Program in Applied Statistics and Empirical Methods at the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen. [+]

Ph.D. Program Applied Statistics and Empirical Methods The Centre for Statistics offers an international and interdisciplinary Ph.D. Program in Applied Statistics and Empirical Methods at the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen. The Ph.D. program is especially designed for: Ph.D. students who are interested in a statistical or empirical PhD project Ph.D. students who's supervisor is a member of the Centre for Statistics Admission requirements: sound knowledge of basic statistics and methodology (30 ECTS or equivalent; with 15 ECTS a conditional admission is possible) adequate skills in English language (language requirements) a Master or Diploma (or equivalent) in one of the following fields: agricultural sciences biosciences computer sciences economics forest sciences mathematics/statistics medicine/epidemiology physics psychology social sciences The study programme: In total 27 credit points will be accumulated. These credits will be gained by passing courses in the following areas: at least 12 ECTS on statistical methodology at least 4 ECTS on specialisation courses research seminars (4 ECTS) summer schools and conferences (3 ECTS) key competencies (4 ECTS) Ph.D. students from Georg-August-University Göttingen and other Universities, who need further skills in statistical or empirical methods for their project and are not eligible for the Ph.D. Program can apply for the Certificate Programm in Applied Statistics and Empirical Methods. This also applies for students from research training groups (Graduiertenkollegs) since they are already enroled in a Ph.D. program. Postdocs and non-academic professionals, who want to acquire further skills in statistical or empirical methods can also apply for the Certificate Programm in Applied Statistics and Empirical Methods. [-]

PhD in Optics and Photonics

Karlsruhe School of Optics & Photonics (KSOP)
Campus Full time October 2017 Germany Karlsruhe

The scientific, technological and economic importance of optics and photonics contrasts with its minor role in the German university system. The leading graduate schools that specifically focus on optics and photonics are mainly located in the U.S. ... [+]

Needs for Novel Doctoral Training Strategies

The scientific, technological and economic importance of optics and photonics contrasts with its minor role in the German university system. The curricula of the traditional disciplines do not provide a profound optics and photonics education. Thus, the initial stages of diploma or doctoral theses have to serve as “training-on-the-job”, addressing only special aspects rather than the entire field of optics and photonics.

The leading graduate schools that specifically focus on optics and photonics are mainly located in the U.S. (e.g., CREOL, Orlando, Florida; Rochester, New York; Tucson, Arizona) and have developed into world renowned centers for science and technology. Importantly, the optics and photonics research at these institutions is complemented by corresponding undergraduate and graduate education programs. In this respect there is need of a new educational approach in Germany. Hence, we have developed and implemented both M.Sc. and Ph.D. programs in the area of “Optics & Photonics”. The M.Sc. course provides an adequate education, spanning the bridge between undergraduate optics classes and the required in-depth knowledge that is essential for cutting-edge research. The best students enter the Ph.D. program and find the ideal ground for world-class research. Their thesis work benefits from the multidisciplinary character of the “Karlsruhe School of Optics & Photonics (KSOP)”.... [-]