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Mathematics, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #6 (QS) ,
The Department of Mathematics offers a broad spectrum of research areas for doctoral students ranging from pure mathematics, such as algebra, analysis, geometry, number theory or probability, to more applied mathematics, such as insurance mathematics, finance, mathematical physics, numerical analysis, operations research and statistics.


Doctoral students work as scientific assistants and are employed for up to six years. They attend the Zurich Graduate School in Mathematics.

The benefits are:
  • internationally highly respected professors
  • research funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation
  • offices in the ETH Zurich Main Building
  • access to of the Mathematics Library and the ETH Library, including online access to practically all recent publications
  • conferences organized by the Forschungsinstitut für Mathematik to support the scientific exchange of ideas

Detailed Programme Facts

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

Programme Structure

Research lives from acquiring knowledge about current theory and discussing it with experts.

Graduates must acquire 12 credit units, four of which are outside their research area.

Courses and seminars:
  • There is a wide variety of high-level lectures, minicourses and student seminars (see ETH Zurich Course Catalogue or Graduate Courses offered by the Zurich Graduate School in Mathematics)
  • Reseach seminars organized by professors and research groups where experts from different mathematical fields give talks and exchange their knowledge
  • The Institute for Mathematical Research - FIM and the Institute for Theoretical Studies invite academic guests for scientific exchange
  • Mathematics Library holds 20000 classical and recent books from all areas of mathematics

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

General Requirements

In principle, all university graduates with a Master’s degree or an equivalent university degree can apply for admission to doctoral studies.

With the following degrees an admission is not possible:
  • Degrees from universities of applied science
  • Master’s degrees from university continuing education departments (MAS, DAS, etc.)
  • Any kind of MBA (Master of Business Administration)
  • Bachelor's and/or Bachelor Honours degrees

Tuition Fee

  • International

    264 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1067 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 48 months.
  • EU/EEA

    264 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1067 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 48 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
  • 1200 CHF.

Living costs for Zürich

  • 1920 - 2580 CHF/month
    Living Costs

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