First steps to a PhD

Are you thinking about pursuing a doctorate at the University of Zurich? If so, first get in contact with a UZH professor who is willing and able to supervise your doctoral project. If you are interested in participating in a PhD program, you should first of all carefully read through the application procedures for the program in question.

Admission to a doctoral program

As a general rule, a Master's degree or an equivalent degree from an accredited university is the prerequisite for admission to the doctorate. Certain criteria regarding content as well as formal conditions (e.g. grade-point average, qualification phases) are also considered when processing applications.

The requirements for admission and the admission procedures are set out in the ordinance for obtaining a doctoral degree at the faculty in question. Some faculties also offer a fast-track doctoral program, a program for particularly talented students in which the Master's degree and PhD are integrated in a single program of study. The individual programs define their PhD programs' admission procedures – which, as a rule, are highly competitive.

Please note that PhD candidates must be matriculated at the University for the duration of their doctorate, i.e. until they have been conferred the final degree. The Student Administration Office can answer any questions about administrative formalities.

Procedures at UZH faculties

Because the various faculties at UZH are thematically and structurally so diverse, each faculty is in charge of designing its own PhD program.

Be sure to read about the specific requirements at the faculty in question:

Faculty of Theology
Faculty of Law
Faculty of Economics, Business Administration and Information Technology
Faculty of Medicine (Dr. med)
Faculty of Medicine (MD/PhD Program)
Vetsuisse Faculty
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Faculty of Science