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Department of Geography



A Master's degree or an equivalent degree in a subject and from an institution acceptable to University and Faculty regulations is the prerequisite for admission to the doctorate. There are no other restrictions.

Admission to Doctoral Studies at the University of Zurich

Specific procedure at the Faculty of Science


PhD students are recruited by individual professors or by the principal investigators (PI) of research projects in agreement with the unit’s head at any time during the year. Get in contact with the research units you are interested in and have a look at currently advertised open positions.

Research units

Open positions at the GIUZ

Note: The Zurich Graduate School in Geography/Earth System Science itself does not offer any funding schemes for PhD students and doesn't handle applications.

Application documents

The supervision agreement needs to be completed, signed and submitted to the Graduate School. A letter of acceptance will thereafter be issued. 
Supervision agreement (DOCX, 66 KB)

Equal opportunities and awareness

All those with an appropriate Masters degree, regardless of gender, race or disability will be equally considered for the Graduate School. International PhD candidates are encouraged to attend German language courses early in their studies. We believe this increases the possibilities for integration in the department and the wider community.

The Graduate School is committed to promoting forms of employment which help individuals to balance working, studying and family life.

Gender Equality and Diversity, UZH

Family at UZH

Gender Policy Code of Conduct

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