Ph.D. On Campus

Science and Policy

University of Zurich

36 months
284 EUR/year
284 EUR/year
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The Science and Policy PhD program from University of Zurich includes a written dissertation about the own independent scientific research project in natural sciences and is usually completed in three to four years (full-time). 


Study Science and Policy at University of Zurich

  • The Science and Policy PhD program from University of Zurich deals with the interface of science and policy and helps students to elaborate tools and skills for engaging with institutions active in decision-making and implementation. 
  • The program includes a curricular part of at least 12 ECTS credits. 
  • The curricular part is composed of a lecture in Basics of Policy Sciences and Policy workshops: block courses including lectures, group exercises, literature study and case study work on the topics of evidence-based policy-making in life sciences, stakeholder engagement, communicating science, building political support and contributing to a policy action plan. 
  • Some ECTS credits can be chosen freely from research or transferable skill courses. 

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Eco-Physiology and Implications for Behaviour and Health
  • Next Generation Sequencing applied to Metagenomics
  • Teaching advanced microscopy for Life Science
  • Forum for Plant Biology
  • Plant Biology Workshop
  • Life Sciences: Transcriptomics RNA-seq course

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines




On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

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.
  • As a rule, the language of instruction in the PhD programs is English. All applicants whose native language is not English, or whose prior studies have not been conducted in English, are required to provide proof of sufficient knowledge of English.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    284 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 142 EUR per semester during 36 months.
  • National

    284 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 142 EUR per semester during 36 months.
  • Tuition fee is 150 CHF per semester

Living costs for Zürich

1920 - 2572 CHF /month
Living costs

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


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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