- PSC has created a PhD program that combines natural sciences and policy studies. It is based on current societal demand for young scientists to be able to effectively translate scientific results into the public discourse. It correlates with the PSC's view that scientific progress requires not only specialization – in the context of a research discipline – but also the ability to interact and collaborate with society. The next generation of scientists must be able to act as experts and advocates in their fields.
- This 3-year PhD in Plant Science and Policy program at the ETH Zurich - Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, introduces students in block courses and workshops to theory, tools and skills for advancing policy and then applying these in various case studies. Each course is organized as a series of lectures, literature studies, and group work. Real-life case studies and exchange with external experts, policy-makers and politicians provide hands-on experience. Opportunities and expectations for networking are central to the training program. Students are further encouraged to attend at least one national or international conference addressing policy topics in natural sciences.
The program is fully accredited within the Life Science Zurich Graduate School.
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.
- Evidence-based Policy-making
- Stakeholder Engagement
- Communicating Science
- Building Political Support
- Contributing to Policy Action – Analysis and Communication of Risks and Uncertainties
- Understanding Policy Evaluation
We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
- Applicants must hold a university Master's degree (or equivalent) before starting the Science & Policy program. Please note that degrees from Universities of Applied Sciences (Fachhochschulen) are not accepted.
- Applicants must have strong English skills.
International268 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 134 EUR per semester during 36 months.
EU/EEA268 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 134 EUR per semester during 36 months.
PhD candidates - 150 CFH
Living costs for Zürich
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