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Mathematics, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration
University rank #18 (QS) Lausanne, Switzerland
Mathematics represents one of the highest peaks of human thought and achievement. Beautiful though they may be, mathematical results are not merely museum-pieces, but also form a vital underpinning for every branch of quantitative knowledge, including all domains of science and engineering.
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Overview

  • Mathematics is in constant and vigorous development, driven both by its internal dynamics and by the demands of other disciplines.
  • The spectrum of mathematical research at EPFL reflects both this vigour and this diversity. It ranges from fundamental domains such as geometry and algebra, which despite their reputations as 'pure' topics nonetheless have increasingly important applications in areas such as communication systems, to more 'applied' domains such as numerical modelling, statistical science, and operations research, in which research is generally motivated by challenging real scientific and technological problems.
  • EPFL researchers conduct high-level investigations across a wide spectrum of contemporary mathematics and enjoy high international reputations for their work. The EPFL Doctoral Program in Mathematics reflects this. It offers the point of entry and the administrative home for EPFL doctoral candidates in mathematics, and provides them with advanced courses and training.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    12 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Each year a wide range of advanced courses is offered, spanning the interests of researchers at EPFL. These range from formal lecture courses to working groups, and include intensive advanced seminars held away from the campus. The offerings are coordinated with mathematical activity elsewhere in Western Switzerland and more widely, and in particular with advanced courses and seminars organized as part of the doctoral programs at the universities of Fribourg, Geneva and Neuchâtel. The courses are listed each year in the course book for the Doctoral School, and are updated regularly to reflect changes in research emphasis and important developments.

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    7

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  • Minimum required score:

    95

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General Requirements

Who is eligible?

PhD candidates who have obtained a 4-5 year Master degree or an equivalent title and who have a strong background in mathematics, physics, computer science and/or related fields. Any applicant who has already completed a thesis in a similar or related subject to the field of mathematics is not admitted as a doctoral candidate at EPFL.

Exceptionally, candidates with only a Bachelor degree (at least 4 years), but with excellent grades, can apply.

Tuition Fee

  • For students with a Master degree of a foreign university, CHF 150.00
  • For students with a Master degree of a Swiss university, CHF 50.00

Living costs for Lausanne

  • 1609 - 1980 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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