With 4100 doctoral students out of a total of 21'000 students, ETH Zurich is one of the universities in Europe which focuses most intensively on research. Doctorates make a significant, fundamental contribution to that research work. They are based on research projects that are carried out independently, with the support of a professor.


Apart from a few exceptional cases, all doctoral students at ETH Zurich are employed as scientific assistants. However, they are not only employees but also students, and they are obliged in the course of their doctoral study to continue their education, inside and outside their specialist area. Another important component of a doctorate is learning how to educate others. That is why every doctoral student plays an active part in the teaching work of their department.


At the end of their research project, the results are compiled in a thesis that is defended in an oral examination. On successful completion of their doctorate, students are awarded the title “Doctor of Sciences (Dr. sc. ETH Zurich)”.


  • Admission

The admission requirements for a doctorate at our faculty are a Master’s degree from a recognized university as well as an excellent academic performance.

In order for you to be able to take a doctorate at ETH Zurich, a professor there must be willing to supervise your thesis.

- Web Doctoral Studies ETH Zürich: Find a doctoral position


Doctorates are normally associated with an offer of employment. For this kind of doctoral position, it is best to apply directly to a potential supervisor for your thesis. Go to the website of the department in which you would like to take your doctorate and contact the possible professors directly.

A doctorate can be obtained within a maximum of six years at various institutes of the Department of Architecture (D-​ARCH). It is possible to begin doctorate studies at any time in the academic year. The doctoral programme concludes with the title Dr. sc ETH Zurich.

- Web Doctoral Studies Architecture Department ETH Zürich


However, doctoral posts are also advertised:

- Job Board ETH Zürich

- ETH: Get hired


It is also important to check the costs incurred during doctoral studies:

- Financial matters for doctoral students


Detailed information about the doctorate at ETH Zurich can be found in the AVETH survival guide:

- Survival Guide for Doctoral Students, by Academic Association for the Scientific Staff at ETH (AVETH)



  • Contact

ETH Zurich, Doktoratsadministration
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8092 Zürich
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