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Medical Science (MD - PhD), Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #110 (QS) ,
This doctorate is intended for candidates holding a diploma in human medicine or dental medicine. It is awarded by the Faculty of medicine following the conclusion of a research project in clinical, fundamental or dental medicine that lasts generally three years.


The Doctorate in medical science "MD-PhD" is not to be confused with the Doctorate in science, specialisation in biology (PhD), which is awarded by the Faculty of science.

The Doctorate in medical science does not lead automatically to a Doctorate in medicine. These two doctorates are distinct from one another, each one involving different research activities, the writing of a different thesis and a separate registration procedure.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Languages
    • English
    • French
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

The Doctorate in medical science is composed of two mains parts:
  • Theoretical training in the form of modules and research colloquiums;
  • Achievement of an original research project.
Both parts of the training are subject to an evaluation.

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General Requirements

    Admission requirements:

    • A motivation letter mentioning the specialization in econometrics
    • CV
    • A copy of their diplomas
    • If available, a certified copy of their bachelor and master exam transcripts
    • Two academic reference letters

    Tuition Fee

    • International

      880 EUR/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 440 EUR per semester and a duration of 36 months.
    • EU/EEA

      880 EUR/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 440 EUR per semester and a duration of 36 months.
    We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

    Living costs for Genève

    • 1925 - 2850 CHF/month
      Living Costs

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


    The Swiss National Science Foundation, the European Union and various foundations contribute to scientific careers by providing support for individual researchers. These grants are intended for researchers (beginners or advanced) wishing to conduct a project in Switzerland or abroad. Funds usually include living expenses, travel costs and finally a contribution to research and conference expenses. Please note that doctoral students are mainly financed indirectly through SNSF or European Union grants obtained by research group leaders (check PhD funding webpage).
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    • Grants to do Research Abroad
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