PhD programmes at the Institute require a four-year commitment, with the first three semesters in residence. During the first two semesters, you will take theoretical and methodological doctoral seminars before presenting a preliminary thesis at the end of the third semester, with the defence of your thesis taking place at the end of the eighth semester.
As of September 2023, all PhD admission offers are accompanied by a financial support package covering the four years of the PhD programme. This scholarship includes both a stipend and a contribution towards tuition fees. Also included in the package, an interesting professional development program for those who choose to benefit from a Teaching Assistant contract during the 3rd and 4th year of study. PhD students who obtain full funding from the Swiss Government Excellence Scholarship, or from an externally funded research project led by one of our faculty members, may also be admitted. Externally funded research projects usually refer to those supported by the Swiss National Science Foundation.
We offer six disciplinary PhD programmes: