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Informatics, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #58 (BCR) Zürich, Switzerland
The Informatics program from the University of Zurich focuses on three fields - Information Systems, Software Systems, and Multimodal and Cognitive Systems. Application areas range from business information systems to social sciences, linguistics, natural sciences, and medicine.


The doctorate is the third level of a three-level university education. Doctoral students expand the knowledge acquired during their Bachelor's and Master's studies and acquire the skills required for the pursuit of scholarly work in informatics and its applications. The Informatics program from the University of Zurich qualifies students for academic professions in the field of teaching and research or for demanding employment in business and industry. The doctorate consists of a doctoral program with at least 30 ECTS credits and a written dissertation. In the doctoral program, the minimum ECTS credits required in each category are: 6 ECTS credits in doctoral courses, doctoral seminars, summer schools or doctoral symposia; 3 ECTS credits in research methodology; 3 ECTS credits in research colloquia; 3 ECTS credits in teaching and scientific communication; 6 ECTS credits in teaching practice, 9 ECTS credits in research practice. 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
    • Duration description

      3-5 years

  • Credits
    30 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Course Overview:

  • This program consists of core courses on research methodology as well as research-specific courses depending on the focus of the Doctoral program. 
  • Students are encouraged to attend inhouse and off-site summer schools to deepen their research skills. At the latest at the end of the sixth semester, students write their thesis proposals and start working on their dissertation research under the supervision of a faculty member.

English Language Requirements

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General Requirements

  • Master’s degree diploma from a state-accredited university.
  • Credits for any transferred coursework must also have been acquired at a state-accredited university.
  • The diploma itself is state-accredited.
  • The diploma grants entitlement to pursue doctoral studies at a state-accredited university in the relevant country.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    300 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 150 EUR per semester and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    300 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 150 EUR per semester and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Zürich

  • 1920 - 2580 CHF/month
    Living Costs

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