The Doctoral Program is a minimum three-year full-time program (part-time is also possible) leading to the title of Doctor of Philosophy in Political Science (Ph.D.) degree. It consists of completing a dissertation as well as coursework of 12 ECTS.
The Department of Political Science with its 13 professorships and research areas from the University of Zurich and in cooperation with professorships from the affiliated ETH offers a broad range of fields of studies.
|All information on the curriculum of the general doctorate can be found here.|
|All information about the application for the general doctorate can be found here.|
|Defense according PO 2009||For the defense of the dissertation of the general doctorate according to the Promotionsordnung 2009, the Dean's Office of the Faculty of Philosophy provides the most important regulations here (German only).|
|Defense according PO 2006||For the defense of the dissertation of the general doctorate according to the Promotionsordnung 2006, the Dean's Office of the Faculty of Philosophy provides the most important regulations here (German only).|
Objective of the General Doctorate
The aim of the Doctoral Program at the Department of Political Sciences is to promote disciplinary skills, that is, the Ph.D. students learn to develop competencies in their own research field as well as in methods and applications. Moreover, transferable skills are trained such as academic career development, communication, writing research grant applications, leadership skills, and international research experiences. Our Ph.D. students, who complete their doctoral degree at the IPZ of the University of Zurich, will qualify as future scientists or for positions in demanding societal positions.
Course of Studies in the General Doctorate
The Doctoral Program is conceptualized according to the recommendations of the Extended University Board (Erweiterte Universitätsleitung). PhD students may select their course work individually according to the doctoral agreement (Doktoratsvereinbarung), which is elaborated together with the students’ doctoral committee (Promotionskommission). This document ensures the quality of the PhD degree. The doctoral committee meets regularly with the PhD student (at least annually) in order to assess the status of research and to provide feedback.