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The PSC PhD Program in Plant Science at the ETH Zurich - Swiss Federal Institute of Technology is a joint program of the University of Zurich, ETH Zurich and the University of Basel. The structured curriculum offers training in frontier topics of the plant sciences, including molecular biology, ecology, environmental and agronomic sciences.


  • It also offers opportunities to acquire research skills and transferable skills for careers in and outside of academia. All courses are held in English.

Established in 2002, the PhD Program in Plant Science at the ETH Zurich - Swiss Federal Institute of Technology assures coursework in the following domains:

  • Fundamental and applied plant sciences
  • Understanding the Research Environment and the Scientific Community
  • Research Management
  • Communicating Science
  • Career Development

All courses of the Zurich-Basel Plant Science Center have been developed to assist students in the training of research skills and transferable skills that you need for a future both, in and outside of academia.

Programme Structure

The PSC PhD Program in Plant Sciences requires completion of 12 ECTS (credit points) from courses organized or accredited by the PSC. This includes: PSC courses, Life Science Zurich Graduate School courses, courses from Swiss Plant Science Web PhD Programs, and university courses in the area of transferable skills.


  • Colloquium "Challenges in Plant Sciences" 
  • Technical Courses in all areas of Plant Sciences: Intensive workshop on skills, 
  • methods and techniques used in plant science research 
  • Statistical Methods 
  • Skill (Communicating and Science/ Professional Conduct in Research / Research Management / Professional and Development / Finance, funding and resources) 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

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Academic requirements

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

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Applicants must hold a university Master's degree (or equivalent) before starting the Plant Sciences program. Please note that we do not accept degrees from Universities of Applied Sciences (Fachhochschulen).
  • Applicants must have good knowledge of English

Tuition Fee

Living costs for Zürich

1920 - 2572 CHF /month
Living costs

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


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