Ph.D. On Campus

Communication Sciences

Università della Svizzera italiana (USI)

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The Ph.D. is the highest academic degree awarded by USI. The PhD in Communication Sciences from Università della Svizzera Italiana (USI) purpose is the training of new researchers in the field of communication sciences.


To that end, doctoral students are expected to take Ph.D. level courses that will expand their knowledge on communication, research and ethical aspects. 

Doctoral student training is then completed by teaching related experiences and by attending academic events organized by the Faculty. 

The main objective of the PhD in Communication Sciences from Università della Svizzera Italiana (USI) is the formation of future academics, however knowledge and experience gained during the Ph.D. are also relevant for those who wish to work in companies, organizations, or as entrepreneurs in the communication field.

The Ph.D. Program in Communication Sciences

The program requires close collaboration between the student and their Thesis Director. Hence, access to the program necessitates a written declaration by one of the Faculty professors (full, associate, assistant, titular, or adjunct professor), that he/she would be willing to supervise you. 

Programme Structure

Courses included: 

  • Philosophy of Science 
  • Legal and Ethical Aspects of Research
  • Traditions of Communication Sciences 
  • Qualitative Research Methods

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Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

To be admitted to the status of doctoral student, one must have:

  • a Master degree or of a Licentiate degree (under the previous higher degrees system) from a Swiss University, or
  • a Swiss or foreign degree recognized as equivalent by the Graduate Studies Committee.

Tuition Fee

Living costs for Lugano

1516 - 2134 CHF /month
Living costs

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


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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