PhD - Doctoral Program

The following page gives an overview over the doctoral program in physics at the University of Zurich. Its aim is to provide you with all the important information about the graduate school as a framework, current research topics, as well as the application and admission procedure.

Graduate school

The graduate school (alt. doctoral program) provides a framework in which students can complete their doctoral studies both quickly and efficiently while establishing an international network of contacts. Our versatile program offers you a number of opportunities to obtain the required 12 ECTS credit points. These include closed seminars on specific topics, specialized lectures at our university, at the ETH or at another university, the participation in summer schools and workshops covering your field of research, opportunities to take part in international conventions and additional seminars with prestigious speakers. International networking and the acquisition of skills which extend beyond mere research work are also key aspects of the program. The language used in the program is English.

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

A program description can be found here.

Current research topics

You can find an overview of the current research projects in our different research groups here. If you are interested in doing a PhD in one of the research groups, please contact the group leaders directly by email to ask about potential open positions (read more in the section "Application and admission").

Further details

Further details on how to apply to the PhD program and how to successfully complete it can be found in the dedicated sections below.