Schools and Doctoral Studies at the MNF
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|Graduate schools provide a
framework in which students can complete their doctoral
studies both quickly and efficiently while establishing an
international network of contacts. The Faculty of Science
(MNF) offers programs of international renown for doctoral
students in the areas of life sciences, chemistry,
geography, mathematics and physics.
In addition to a superior education, these graduate schools offer their graduates closed seminars on specific topics, 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.
||If you originate from a foreign
country, which is not a member of the European Union it is
of utmost importance, that the following procedure is
followed exactly as specified below. Otherwise you will not
get a work permit and therefore would not be able to work in
our fantastic scientifc and social environment.
have to do to become a PhD student in our
||What the administration
offices at UZH will do for you
|step 1: choose a research subject
(track 2) or may not (track 1) have contacted a research
group leader of our faculty and have agreed on a thesis
subject already. In both cases please apply for acceptance
into one of our Graduate Schools:
The graduate schools are organized in PhD programs: see
list of all PhD program.
The procedure varies from school to school, but will always include a personal interview and requires a Master degree or equivalent in a field, which is useful for your future research work.
of our faculty or ((Liste der Promotionsrechtler))
will become your thesis advisor. If you don't have your
own stipend already, you will be offered a position and a
salary, the details of which depend on the research field.
|step 2: prepare
for the official admission procedure and for your work and
||The following steps are normally
done while you are staying in your home country. You are not
allowed to work in Switzerland without a residence and work
In case you are already enrolled in a Swiss university and are about to receive a Masters degree, please make sure you stay enrolled. This allows you to stay in Switzerland. Please do not initiate your Exmatrikulation until your admission procedure as defined below has successfully completed.
In case you are not yet enrolled at the University of Zurich (UZH), please apply for admission at the Admissions Office (Zulassungsstelle) using the online application form. You need to choose the option "Structured Doctoral Program". Choose the earliest possible semester. (This form is in German only, but an English translation is available on the same web site. You may also ask a colleague for help.)
Note: If you are already a student of UZH, then just apply for a doctoral program in your next online semester enrollment, in this case you should not use the online form mentioned above. If you have a residence and work permit you can now continue directly with step 4 below.
|In parallel to this, the Human Resources (HR) secretary of your research group will prepare the hiring documents (Anstellungsverfügung)|
|Allow for 1 to
3 months delay here
||Your application will be checked
iwith respect to your academic education in addition by the
Dean's Office of the MNF (fachwissenschaftliche
Zulassung) on scientific aspects and by the
Admissions Office on formal aspects.
After this process ended successfully, the Admission Office issues a letter, which states, that you will be matriculated, once you will be in Zurich (Zulassungsbrief mit Immatrikulationszusicherung).
Then the HR secretary will ask the immigration office (and the federal administration) to issue a visum for you. The Zulassungsbrief mit Immatrikulationszusicherung is an essential ingredient to this.
|step 3: get your
visa and travel to Switzerland
||Once the visum will be ready at
the Swiss embassy in your home country, you will be
informed. Now pick up the visum there.
Now your allowed to travel to Switzerland.
completed within 14 days:
When you arrive in Zurich please proceed with the following steps:
|The HR secretary of your
research group may help you with these steps.
|step 4: register
at the MNF
||Now please register at the office
of student affairs of the MNF using their online
||You will be assigned a Promotionskomittee.
|step 5: start your research
||Finally you start doing real fascinating
research within your research group.