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Physics, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months


  • The EPFL doctoral program in Physics offers the entryway, the administrative home and advanced courses to EPFL's doctoral candidates in physics. This program is affiliated to the Doctoral School.
  • About 40 full professors and more than 120 senior research scientists have two missions: to perform research in physics at the international level and to provide highest quality education for EPFL students majoring in both physics and other disciplines.

Detailed Programme Facts

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

Programme Structure

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English Language Requirements

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General Requirements

The lists of physics topics with active research at EPFL, of research units in physics, and of current thesis directors in physics, can be viewed by clicking on Research expertise on the menu "Applicants" on the right.

The admission of a candidate in the Doctoral Program in Physics can only occur once the following two conditions are satisfied:the candidate applied to the program, and is selected by the selection committee on the basis of the application documents; andthe candidate found a thesis advisor associated with the program, in a research unit that decided, after an interview, to offer him/her a PhD student position

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

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