Doctoral Program of the Department of Informatics

Key information
University University of Zurich
Country Switzerland
Learning mode On-Campus
Pace Full-time
Duration 36 months
Tuition fee 150 CHF (Local Students) & 250 CHF (International Students)
Application deadline(s) July

The University of Zurich (UZH) is one of the largest and leading public research universities in Switzerland that offers the widest range of degree programs. It belongs to Europe’s most prestigious research institutions with exceptional networks. It is a member of the League of European Research Universities and Universitas 21 network that promotes research collaboration and exchange of knowledge. UZH continuously performs excellence in teaching and research, maintains active links, and delivers services to the society. It is committed to giving the highest standard of quality in its programs and activities, and making innovative research available and accessible to the public. It offers Doctoral Program of the Department of Informatics – Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technologies that conducts research projects and integrates the results into teaching. Students will be equipped with comprehensive knowledge and practical skills through a Ph.D. seminar on blockchain research, seminar research in network science, and distributed ledger technologies.

Throughout the program, learners will have a full understanding of the implications and application of blockchain, will obtain an in-depth familiarity with current research topics related to blockchain, will evaluate the research presented in lectures and seminars, and will solve complex problems. In the same way, students will understand the pillars of blockchain including the technology, legal aspects, and economics, and will have practical sessions and field trips to the blockchain hubs in the country to give its students a complete immersion from the experts in the field. Doctoral students will write and present a research proposal as well as write and defend a doctoral thesis. The university offers a graduate campus for Ph.D. candidates and postdoctoral students to deliver the best practice recommendations, coaching and counseling, and a wider scientific community network that gives tangibility to the work of researchers aside from preparing them for career opportunities in many different industries.

The entry requirements for the Doctoral Program of the Department of Informatics – Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technologies at the University of Zurich (UZH) are an online application, a non-refundable application fee of CHF 100, a professor or supervisor from the department, master’s degree diploma from a state-accredited university, and English language proficiency IELTS overall score of 7.0 or TOEFL iBT overall score of 100.

The program has a full-time duration minimum of 3 years. Doctoral students are required to pay a tuition fee amounting to 150 CHF per semester while foreign doctoral students are required to pay an additional charge of 100 CHF per semester, which is a total of 250 CHF per semester. Other contributions and fees such as living costs are excluded from the tuition fee and are required to be paid per month or year. The university offers financial assistance, grants, and scholarships to Ph.D. students to finance their studies.

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