General information

Is the course offered exclusively for doctoral students of the General Doctorate Program or the PhD program, or may doctoral students of the IPZ, who are doctorate under the old doctoral regulations, participate?

Doctoral candidates according to new regulations are preferred, vacancies are given to doctoral students of the old order.

How long does it take to complete the doctoral program?

Minimum 3 years, part-time is possible

Are scholarships available?

Currently, no full grants are awarded. However, there are limited financial support for students of the structured program in the area of ​​conference attendance, mobility, courses, etc.

Can I complete the program on a part-time basis?

Yes, that's possible.


What does "Fachliche Kompetenzen" / "Überfachliche Kompetenzen" mean?

"Überfachliche Kompetenzen" are interdisciplinary skills, including, for example, research techniques and learning strategies, as well as presentation and moderation skills, scientific writing and much more. "Fachliche Kompetenzen" describe professional competences, in reference to the own research area. Only the sensible combination of professional and interdisciplinary expertise enables the handling of complex requirements in changing contexts.

What are the differences between the Structured Doctoral Program (30 ECTS credits) and the General Doctoral Program (12 ECTS credits)?

The two doctorate models differ primarily in scope. As a result, different target groups are addressed: The Structured Doctoral Program (30 ECTS credits) is aimed primarily at doctoral students who wish to pursue a university career and therefore want to pursue a deepened doctoral program. They are generally employed at the IPZ. The General Doctoral Program (12 ECTS credits) is intended for doctoral students who are interested in bridge functions between science and the public, politics, business, culture or administration and who may already have a part-time employment outside the department, for example in the private sector. However, the structured program is also open to the general public.

What are the advantages of the Structured Doctoral Program as opposed to the General Doctorate Program?

In the structured doctorate program, you will enjoy a free-of-charge, comprehensive training that will provide you with competences to compete internationally. As the doctoral program is going to be implemented throughout Europe as a third university pillar in the course of the Bolognareform, and Structured Doctoral Programs, which are already commonplace in other countries such as the USA, Canada, Australia, etc., will also be the standard in future, doctoral students from structured programs are going to be preferred on the (especially academic) labor market.

In which language are the courses offered?

The doctorate is bi-lingual German-English. The majority of courses are offered in English.

How do I apply?

You need a supervisor for your dissertation project, please contact a professor or private lecturer at the IPZ. Then apply for admission to the office. Please also refer to our leaflet (DOCX, 50 KB) (German only).

Can I apply directly to the doctorate management for a doctorate?

No, that's not possible.

Is there a deadline for applications?

No, an application is possible at any time. However, an official enrollment at the UZH as a doctoral candidate is subject to deadlines, which are published on the homepage of the dean's office. If the doctorate has commenced after the expiration of the deadline, benefits obtained before the official enrollment may be recognized afterwards.

What kind of degree do I have to have in order to be admitted to the doctorate?

A university master's degree or an equivalent university education in the subject in which the doctorate is applied. In the case of degrees from other subjects, conditions and constraints may be specified.

I am enrolled according to the old regulations of promotion. Can I change to the new order?

Yes, previous achievements can be recognized.