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Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Doctoral Studies at PhF

Subjects, Duration, and Title

A large number of doctoral subjects are offered at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (PhF): overview. Further information on the individual subjects can be found on the websites of the institutes and seminars

The doctorate revolves around writing a thesis demonstrating your ability to do independent scholarly research. You also complete modules earning a total of 12 ECTS credits

The maximum duration of doctoral studies is six years. This also applies if you are doing your doctorate part-time. This period begins with your admission to doctoral studies and ends with conferral of the doctoral degree.

After you have successfully completed the doctoral level, the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences confers the title of Doctor of Philosophy. The title is Dr. phil. (equivalent to PhD in English). 

Right to Confer a Doctorate

Are you looking for supervisors for your dissertation? Information on the rights to confer a doctorate at PhF can be found here.

Costs and Funding Options

 Information on the enrollment and semester fees for doctoral candidates: Fees and Contributions .

Information on the various options for funding doctoral studies on the following pages:
Funding for PhD Students
Open Positions at UZH

The Graduate School does not fund grants or fellowships, teaching positions, printing expenses, or enrollment fees for PhD students. However, doctoral students can apply for financial support for research trips, for copy editing as well as for self-organised working groups and more. Details can be found on the Financial Support page.

Cotutelle de Thèse

At the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, it is possible to complete the doctorate within the framework of a Cotutelle de Thèse. You can find more information here.