Mathematics at the university of Göttingen
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1851, Bernhard Riemann (1826-1866) received his PhD by Gauss in Göttingen and there became the follower of Dirichlet. To this day, the famous "Riemann hypothesis" remains unsolved, so there are many subjects of a doctoral dissertation in the surrounding field of this hypothesis possible.

PhD program

PhD program in mathematics at the university of Göttingen

There are many wide-ranging doctoral graduation possibilities for mathematics in Göttingen. If you like to gain a PhD in mathematics after your bachelor/master studies, your first step is to contact a possible advisor. You can find information about the different areas of research and their agents in the category research. For your support, at least two other persons holding a doctoral degree come along, and you regularly report your advancements to the so-built "thesis committee" during your PhD studies.

The PhD studies normally take three years and take place within the framework of the study course "Mathematical Sciences". This study course is part of the Georg-August University School of Science (GAUSS).
During the whole time of the PhD studies, the PhD students have to be enrolled at the university of Göttingen.

Informations on the Admission Regulations (in German only) can be found here.

The PhD program helps you to work on your doctoral dissertation and is composed as follows.

  • Familiarization phase in the first year:
    Here, you systematically introduce yourself to the chosen area of the dissertation and, if required, you participate in suitable seminars and lectures.
  • Start-up phase in the second year
    Here, you participate in seminars or lectures that are more specialized for your dissertation topic.
  • Specialization phase in the third year
    Here, you specifically participate in special courses that are valuable to complete your dissertation.

During the PhD studies, you have to gain achievements covering 30 credit points ("credits", abbreviated C), which you have to account for your doctoral examination, cf. Appendix\,6 of the Doctoral degree regulations.

You may find third-party funds support in particular in the DFG research training groups

and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

A successfully terminated doctoral graduation in mathematics leads to obtaining the doctoral degree "Dr.rer.nat." or by application to the doctoral degree "Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)", Division of Natural Sciences.