Doctoral Program in Physics at the University of Zürich

We are offering very attractive Master's and PhD programs in physics to both local students and students from abroad.

Master's and PhD programs for local students

If you are a student with a Bachelor degree in Physics from a Swiss University, you can enter our Master's program without any further requirements. Please read here for further information. Details about the immatriculation procedure can be found here.
In some cases we allow talented students in a Master's course in physics to directly enter our PhD program "fast track". Read below for further information.

If you already have a Master degree in Physics from a Swiss University and wish to obtain a PhD at our institute, please consult our main Webpage for open PhD positions. You may also contact the group leaders of the individual research groups directly and ask them about open PhD positions. As soon as you start your PhD and after your immatriculation you are automatically enrolled in our Doctoral Programprogram (see below). A PhD in physics at the University of Zürich usually takes 3-4 years. The salary will easily allow you to cover all local living expenses including all the necessary social and health insurances.

PhD program in physics for international students

For an admission to our PhD program you not only have to meet certain criteria concerning your education in Physics (e.g., a 4-5 year Master's degree in physics). It is also essential that you inform yourself in advance about open PhD positions in one of our research groups. These positions are listed on our main Webpage, or you may directly contact the group leaders of the individual research groups and ask them about open PhD positions. Already at this stage you should submit to the group leader of the group in which you wish to conduct your research a CV, a statement of research interests and previous research experience, course grade transcripts and letters of reference. The group leader will then take a decision and inform you about how to proceed further. In some cases he or she will invite you for an interview (with expenses covered). Since you are expected to participate in the education of younger students, a good knowledge of German and/or English is essential. If your candidacy is successful, your papers will be transferred to the faculty administration where it is decided whether or not any additional exams are required.

A PhD in physics at the University of Zürich usually takes 3-4 years. The salary will easily allow you to cover all local living expenses including all the necessary social and health insurances.

Doctoral Program

During your PhD work we will offer you a number of opportunities to obtain the required 12 ECTS credit points in our versatile PhD training program. These include: weekly seminars, specialized lectures at our University, at the ETH or at another University, and the participation in summer schools and workshops covering your field of research. A 30 minutes final exam will conclude the defense of your PhD thesis.

Further information is available here.

Contact and Regulations

For further information please contact:

Physik-Institut der Universität Zürich
Doctoral Program, C. Genovese
University of Zürich
Winterthurerstrasse 190
CH-8057 Zürich Switzerland 

Email: carmelina.genovese@physik.uzh.ch

Regulations

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