Doctoral Studies

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The Department of Biosystems Science and Engineering offers motivated candidates the opportunity for doctoral studies, the most important scientific education at ETH Zurich.


Information concerning application and the form for registration can be found here.


For admission at ETH Zurich without entry exam, it is necessary to hold an ETH Master's degree or an equivalent degree from another university. Further information can be found at the Doctoral Administration Office.


Detailed regulations can be downloaded here (PDF, 65 KB). Students having started their PhD before May 2011, please refer to the previous version of the regulations (PDF, 25 KB).


Ordinance on doctoral studies and Rector's Implementation Provisions for the doctorate ordinance of 2008 can be downloaded here. (PDF, 126 KB)

Research Plan

Research proposals have to fulfill certain criteria regarding form and content. Please read the D-BSSE Guidelines for the Research Plan (PDF, 211 KB) and follow the Template (DOCX, 191 KB).

Doctoral Committee

The D-BSSE doctoral committee's competences encompass the following:

  1. Proposal and approval of additional qualifying exams for PhD applicants in cooperation with the dissertation supervisors
  2. Approval of research proposals submitted to the doctoral committee
  3. Elaboration of guidelines for doctoral studies

D-BSSE committee members are:

Doctoral Examination  

The format of the doctoral examination can be found here (PDF, 8 KB) (German) and here (PDF, 9 KB) (English).

Survival Guide

Useful information on working and studying at ETH Zurich can be found in the Handbook (PDF, 3.9 MB) for doctoral students at ETH Zurich.

Please contact directly the professors who are working in the fields of your interest and ask them about open positions for doctoral students.

General information about prerequisites, admission and registration procedures is available on the website of ETH Academic Services.

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