Doctoral Studies at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Scope, Duration, and Title

You can do a doctorate in many different subjects at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. 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’re doing your doctorate part-time. This period begins with your admission to doctoral studies and ends with conferral of the doctoral degree. The clock is stopped each time you deregister, and restarts once you re-matriculate. The duration of your doctoral studies can be extended upon application. 
After you’ve 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). 

PhD Subjects

Here you’ll find an overview of all the PhD subjects currently offered at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. For more information on each subject you can visit the institute and department websites. 

Costs and Funding Options

You’ll find information on the enrollment and semester fees for doctoral candidates on the Fees and Contributions page.

There’s more information on the various options for funding doctoral studies on the following pages:
Employment at UZH
Funding for PhD Students
GRC Grants (Short Grants, Travel Grants etc.)

Regardless of their employment, PhD students at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences can apply for conference travel grants of up to CHF 1500 per person per calendar year. You’ll find more information on the Conference Travel Grants page (only in German).
For the calendar year 2019, additional funding is available in two areas for PhD students:
Funds for short research travels and lodging
Grants for copy editing and translation costs

The Graduate School does not fund grants or fellowships, teaching positions, printing expenses, or enrollment fees for PhD students. 

Authorization for Examinations and Supervision of Doctoral Studies

More information on the authorization for examinations and supervision of doctoral studies you find here.