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Interested in pursuing a PhD?

The doctorate is comprised of a PhD thesis as well as coursework. It serves as a qualification for an academic career or other demanding professions.

Content and requirements 

Writing a PhD thesis – independent and original academic work – forms the core part of the doctorate. The thesis can take the form of a monograph or consist of several publications on a single subject which have been published in scientific journals (a cumulative PhD thesis). You can find more information about the formal requirements in the doctoral program regulations for your subject area. As a general rule, however, the thesis should be of such scope and content that it can be completed within three years.

The required coursework serves to enhance subject-specific skills, but also goes toward developing transferable skills. All coursework will be recorded in your final transcript of records and Academic Record. Coursework requirements can be fulfilled by attending courses in your subject area, by visiting classes from the main pool of courses in transferable skills (transferable skills and university-level teaching), or, in some cases by attending courses at another institution. Alongside the required coursework (including transferable skills), it is highly recommended that PhD candidates develop their teaching skills.

Individual PhD and PhD programs

In many disciplines at UZH there are two types of doctoral programs offered: the individual doctorate and the structured doctoral programs. Moreover there are also interdisciplinary and inter-university schools or programs, partly financed by third-party funds. The subpage Doctoral Programs gives an overview of these programs. In the section Doctoral Disciplines you will find specific information about the doctorate in the discipline of your choice.