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Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
University rank #58 (BCR) Zürich, Switzerland
The doctoral program in epidemiology and biostatistics includes the writing of a dissertation on the own independent scientific research project and is usually completed in three to four years (full-time). 

Overview

Students are trained as methodologists with specialized skills in designing, conducting and analyzing studies in a biomedical research context, their interdisciplinary knowledge in the bio-medical sciences is broadly extended and they are required to gain broader competencies in a research context. 

It is mandatory to actively participate at least twice in the "Epidemiology and Biostatistics Methods Seminar". The Participation at conferences and research seminars, preparation of scientific publications and the presentation of own research results at internal seminars are not awarded ECTS credits, nevertheless these activities are intrinsic. Additionally, doctoral students must participate in the teaching activities of their institution. 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Credits
    12 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Course Overview:

  • The program includes a curricular part of at least 12 ECTS credits, which is determined individually for each doctoral student through the thesis committee and focuses on the specific environment of the research area but also considers general research competences in epidemiology and biostatistics as well as the acquisition of transferable skills for the professional development inside and outside of academic institutions. 

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    7

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  • Minimum required score:

    100

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  • Minimum required score:

    600

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General Requirements

  • Admission to doctoral study is governed by the ordinance on admission to studies at the University of Zurich (Verordnung über die Zulassung an der Universität Zürich VZS).
  • The main requirement for admission to doctoral study is a Master's degree from a university or an equivalent degree. Each PhD project must receive approval from a professor at the Faculty of Science or from a person who has the right to confer a PhD at the Faculty of Science.

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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Funding

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