PhD in Behaviour and Cognition

University of Göttingen

Program Description

PhD in Behaviour and Cognition

University of Göttingen

PhD in Behaviour and Cognition

Degree: Dr. rer. nat. or Ph.D.
Implementation: Summer and wintersemester
Regular duration: Six semesters
Application: Online-Application
Application deadline and beginning: January 31st for the following summer term; July 31st for the following winter term
Requirements: Master in Biology or Psychology, or a related field from the natural sciences; „fast track“ admission from the affiliated master programmes in Psychology or DNB (Developmental, Neural and Behavioural Biology) at the University of Göttingen is possible for outstanding candidates.
Language Requirements: Proof of proficiency in English

Brief Description

The focus of this study programme is on the foundations and the evolution of nonhuman and human primate behavior. Research projects are undertaken in the fields of psychology, anthropology and evolutionary biology, with an emphasis on comparative approaches. Core areas are the evolution of social behavior, group behavior and group coordination, developmental psychology, as well as the cognitive and physiological foundations of behavior. The programme is run by the Faculty of Biology and Psychology of the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, the Courant Research Centres „Evolution of Social Behaviour” and „Text structures" and the German Primate Center. Interdisciplinary collaboration and exchange are an important element of this study program.

Doctoral students are affiliated with one (or sometimes two) of the research groups of this programme. Each project is supervised by a three-member thesis committee. The exchange across groups and disciplines is fostered by the integration of the doctoral students into the Courant Research Centres „Evolution of Social Behaviour” and „Text structures" funded by the German Initiative of Excellence. Its regular research colloquium provides a platform for progress reports and discussions. Participation in scientific meetings and workshops is encouraged. In addition to the core research, a moderate amount of course work and teaching is required (total number of credits: 20). Summer schools and retreats are an important element of the study program.

Students interested in this programme should contact the heads of the labs affiliated with this program to check for open positions and funding possibilities.

Language requirements

Applicants whose native language is not English are asked to submit proof of proficiency in English (e.g. TOEFL: computer-based at least 220 points, paper-based at least 550 points; IELTS: band 7). Proven higher education in English or a reasonably long stay in an English-speaking country may also be accepted


Applications are to be submitted electronically to the coordination office. Prior to the formal admission process, students need to get in touch with their intended main advisors to check for open positions and funding possibilities.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated December 19, 2016
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This course is Campus based
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Oct. 2017
6 semesters
Full time
Start date Oct. 2017
Germany Göttingen, Lower Saxony
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