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Faculty of Science

Check List for PhD Students

Before starting your dissertation

  1. Application to a doctoral programme affiliated to the Faculty of Science
  2. Application to the Admissions Office of the University of Zurich:
    MSc graduates from UZH
  3. Visa application for foreign students outside the EU

During your doctoral studies

  1. Enter the members of the doctoral committee in the Student Admin Tool.
  2. Set up annual reporting to the doctoral committee.
  3. Attend as soon as possible any additional modules that may be required. You cannot earn a PhD without completing all of the additional requirements.
  4. Attend continuing education courses as required by the doctoral committee.
  5. Teach in your subject area as required by the doctoral programme.
  6. Track items 3 - 5 continuously in the milestones of the Student Admin tool.

After completing your PhD thesis

  1. Apply to the Office of Student Affairs at the Faculty of Science to defend your thesis and submit the necessary documents.
  2. The responsible faculty member of the doctoral committee will arrange to circulate your PhD thesis within the Faculty of Science.
  3. When you have successfully defended your thesis, the faculty member responsible will submit the final version of the thesis and the minutes of the PhD examination to the Office of Student Affairs.

After the doctoral exam and the approval by the Commission for Student Affairs

  1. Publication of the dissertation in the prescribed format. Subsequent changes to the content of the thesis require the approval of the Chair of the Doctoral Committee and the Vice Dean of Studies.
  2. The PhD student must remain enrolled at the University of Zurich until the PhD degree certificate has been issued.
  3. The doctoral title may not be used until the degree certificate has been received.