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Public Understanding of Science, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
University rank #58 (BCR) Zürich, Switzerland
The doctoral program in Public Understanding of Science includes a written dissertation about the own independent scientific research project.

Overview

The program includes a curricular part of at least 12 ECTS credits. The curricular part is determined individually for each doctoral student through the doctoral committee and focuses on the specific environment of the research. Beyond this the regular visit of scientific congresses or summer schools, relevant to the own research area, is compulsory. The regular participation in research seminars is compulsory, too. Additionally, doctoral students must take at least one teaching load in each semester. 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    12 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

The curricular part is determined individually for each doctoral student through the doctoral committee and focuses on the specific environment of the research.

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    7

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  • Minimum required score:

    100

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  • Minimum required score:

    600

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General Requirements

  • Admission to doctoral study is governed by the ordinance on admission to studies at the University of Zurich (Verordnung über die Zulassung an der Universität Zürich VZS). 
  • The main requirement for admission to doctoral study is a Master's degree from a university or an equivalent degree. Each PhD project must receive approval from a professor at the Faculty of Science or from a person who has the right to confer a PhD at the Faculty of Science. There is no general right to be granted admission to a PhD program. 
  • All applicants whose native language is not English, or whose prior studies have not been conducted in English, are required to provide proof of sufficient knowledge of English. 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    130 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 130 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    130 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 130 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
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  • Tuition fee is 150 CHF per semester

Living costs for Zürich

  • 1920 - 2580 CHF/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

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