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Programme description:

The international programme on Wood Biology and Technology is a three year study which leads to a Doctoral degree. The intensive, research oriented Ph.D. programme is taught by internationally respected scientists.

It is designed for highly qualified students who have studied forestry, wood sciences, biology, biochemistry, microbiology, chemistry etc. To assure a high standard individual training, the number of participants in the programme is limited to 12 students per year.

Within the PhD-programme every student mainly works on his or her special research project. He or she becomes part of one of these science groups and is supervised by one of the leading professors. According to the new study regulations each student has two additional tutors (professors) who usually become the co-examiners at the oral exam. PhD-students are entitled to suggest these two persons for this task. One of these persons can be a professor from another university.

The students are expected to be able to work and research independently and finally present a major scientific contribution to their field of specialization. Aside of research work successful applicants have to take part in lessons and practical courses which shall prepare them for leading management positions in the woodworking industry and in research institutes. All compulsory courses are taught in English. The programme is member of the "Georg-August University School of Science" (GAUSS).

Research Topics:

One major focus of the ongoing research lies on reducing the main technical disadvantages of wood in use: its limited resistance to fungi and insects, its disposition to swell and shrink and its instability to UV-radiation. The research groups in Gottingen are developing different new approaches to overcome these technical disadvantages: acetylating, modification with organic silicon compounds, coatings, heat treatment, enzymatic activation etc. Another field of research is enzymes involved in wood decay, for example lactases and other redo-enzymes that are of potential use for the wood industry.

Варианты обучения

Очная (6 семестров)

Semester fees: For Winter - €355.31; For summer - €375.31 (Given winter and summer fee includes Administration fees, Student body fees, Railway Ticket fees, Bus Ticket fees, Culture Ticket fees, Studentenwerk fee)
Начало обучения

Предполагаемое начало: Октябрь 2021


University of Gottingen

Wilhelmsplatz 4,


Lower Saxony,

37073, Germany

Вступительные требования

Для студентов, проживающих в Соединенных Штатах

Student must have Master degree or equivalent in relevant fields.

Для иностранных студентов

Applicants must hold an above-average Master of Science (M.Sc.) degree, a "Diploma" or equivalent in a subject related to the topics of research: forest or wood sciences, biology, chemistry and related fields.

For students from non-English speaking countries, English language proficiency equivalent to level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages is required. A level of B1 in German is recommended. TOEFL iBT: 79 – 93 IELTS: 6.5.