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Research in Germany

Germany is one of the leading research countries in the world. Its science and research sector is renowned for its outstanding infrastructure, a widely diverse spectrum of research areas and well-equipped facilities and institutes.

Master

The Master’s degree is awarded after an advanced programme which requires a prior pertinent Bachelor’s degree. In certain cases, comparable achievements accomplished in a programme dealing with a different discipline can be recognised as a qualification for entry. The duration of study is usually four semesters.

Apart from consecutive Master’s programmes which build upon a Bachelor’s programme with regard to the subject matter and form its in-depth continuation, there are non-consecutive Master’s programmes as well as Master’s programmes for people with at least one year’s professional experience wishing to obtain further qualification.

Doctorates

The PhD (Doctor of Philosophy) is considered as a rather high academic title in Germany and in most Institutions the academic admission requirement is a successful completion of a Master’s degree (or an equivalent academic degree) at an internationally recognised university. Many organisations offer numerous grants and scholarships to foreign doctoral candidates. The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) is the largest funding organisation in the world supporting the international exchange of students and scholars.

The main focus of doctoral studies is placed on research, culminating in the writing of a PhD thesis.

Different ways to obtain a doctoral degree in Germany:

  • Earning a Ph.D. through individual research
  • Earning a Ph.D. at a Graduate College or School
  • Obtaining a Ph.D. through an International Ph.D. Program
     

Studying at the University of Göttingen

The University of Göttingen is one of the top research universities in Germany and was elected one of only nine “Excellence Universities” in 2007 in recognition of our faculties' productivity and the value of their research efforts.

The University of Göttingen regards its great research tradition and subject diversity as constituting particular strengths. The Georg-August Universität is also distinguished by being closely integrated into a network of first-class extra-university research establishments involving, most prominently, the Göttingen Academy of Sciences, the German Primate Center, the German Aerospace Center and five Max Planck Institutes. Together, these local partners create with the University an alliance for collaboration in research and teaching arguably unique in the Federal Republic in terms of its depth and breadth, successful elements of which include jointly run collaborative research centres, junior research groups and infrastructure facilities, as well as combined professorial appointments. This cooperation has recently bred outstanding research centres that have won funding from the German Research Foundation (DFG) and the Federal Ministry for Education and Research.

Degree Programmes

A Master programme that generally has the duration of four semesters at the University of Göttingen leads to a research or application oriented second degree from an institution of higher education. The programmes aim to deepen, specialize or broaden the knowledge and skills acquired in undergraduate studies or in working experience. The programme structure (modular, ECTS points, etc.) is comparable to that of the bachelor. 120 ECTS are acquired in the Master programme at the University of Göttingen. There are currently the following different types of Master programmes:

Consecutive Master programmes scientifically deepen the contents of the undergraduate programme in the same subject (for example Master programme in agricultural science after having completed the bachelor programme in agricultural science).

Non-consecutive Master programmes do not build upon the contents of the previous bachelor programme. They are independent programmes whose admission requirements can be met with bachelor degrees from different subjects.

Doctoral training in Göttingen is concentrated in structured programmes based at three Graduate Schools. The aim of these schools is to optimise the research and learning conditions for doctoral candidates, offering intensive supervision and a range of seminars designed to advance the training of first-class scientists and scholars.
 

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