Law (DLS), PhD

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  • Overview
  • Programme outline
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  • Admission requirements
  • Fees and funding


As a part of a sophisticated educational concept, the programme consists of a coursework stage and a research stage:

  • Coursework stage (Ph.D. seminars, research proposal and colloquium )
  • Research stage (preparation of the doctoral thesis, thesis defence)

These components are complemented by different educational and mentoring elements, such as research workshops or discussions with supervisors.

For Ph.D. students particularly interested in academic issues, we also offer an additional academic programme, the “Research Programme”. The Research Programme also requires successful participation in a Ph.D. colloquium, collaboration on a research project and demonstration of teaching experience.


The University of St. Gallen has earned the EQUIS (2001) and AACSB (2003) accreditations and consequently has obtained the two most demanding international seals of approval for business schools.

In the 2013 Financial Times Global Masters in Management Ranking we are in 1st place with the Master in Strategy and International Management and in 7th place with the CEMS Master in International Management. Our Master in Banking and Finance is ranked 10th in the Financial Times Masters in Finance Ranking.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Study intensity Part-time
  • Languages
    • German
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • Project Type Open

Programme Structure

Our Ph.D. Programme in Law (DLS) at the University of St. Gallen is offered in German. For information about this programme, please refer to the German version of our website.

Academic Requirements


The basic requirement for an application to a Ph.D. degree course is a Master’s degree from the HSG or equivalent consecutive university degree consisting of at least 270 ECTS credits. The entire education (Bachelor's and Master's degree) have to be equivalent to that required by the University of St.Gallen. Admission with an MBA qualification is not possible. For an unbinding pre-assessment please send all scanned copies of your transcripts (Bachelor's and Master's), diplomas and a short CV.

Grade averages

You must be able to demonstrate a Swiss grade average of at least 5.00 (Germany/Austria 2.00; US GPA 3.5).

Confirmation of eligibility for doctoral studies

If you have not received your degree from the University of St.Gallen, you must provide clear evidence that you would be accepted to a Ph.D. programme at your home university, without any restrictions.

Supervisor's letter of recommendation

After our preexamination of the formal criteria, your supervisor has to submit the "form for supervisor's letter of recommendation". It is your responsibility to request this letter and submit it until the enrolment deadline. It is not possible for the university administration to contact your professors.The supervisor's letter of recommendation is a prerequisite for admission to Ph.D. studies.

Admission regulations specific to programmes

Please observe the particular admission regulations for the Ph.D. programmes Economics and Finance (PEF) and International Affairs and Political Economy (DIA).

Tuition Fee Per Semester

  • EUR 860 International
  • EUR 500 National

One-off enrolment fee CHF 250

Tuition fees for Swiss nationals Ph.D. Level

  • CHF 626 / semester

Tuition fees for foreign nationals Ph.D. Level

  • CHF 1,076 / semester


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