Study mode:On campus Study type:Full-time Languages: English
Local:$ 329 / Year(s) Foreign:$ 329 / Year(s)  
73 place StudyQA ranking:6712 Duration:4 years

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The Doctoral Program of Informatics is where academia and industry meet, where theories are developed and challenged in praxis, where new knowledge is created, and where scholars emerge. The Department of Informatics offers Switzerland’s best application oriented informatics and, internationally, ranks among the best institutions in its field. Application areas range from business information systems to social sciences, linguistics, natural sciences, and medicine. The Department creates joint research ventures and integrates their results in the teaching of students. In addition, internationally renowned visiting professors regularly give courses on special topics. All of us in the Department of Informatics wish you good fortune as you pursue your advanced degree, and we hope you will contact us if we can help you along the way.

Course ECTS
Internal Doctoral Seminars (DS) 1.0
Internal DS: SoftTalk 1.0
Doctoral Consortium 0.5 per day
Retreat 1.0
Doctoral Course (DC): Software Engineering 1.5
DC: Advanced Graphics & Geometry Techniques 1.0
DC: Visual Perception 1.0
DC: VisWeek 1.0
DC: Morphological Computation 1.0
Spring-school (FS): Neural Dynamics Approaches 2.0
Summer-school (SS): MMCS: Dynamic Locomotion 0.5
SS MMCS: Morphological Computation 0.5
SS: MMCS: Physics Simulation 0.5
SS: MMCS: Multimodal and Cognitive Systems (all of the 3 above) 1.5
SS: Autonomous Intelligent Robots 2.5
SS: Complex Software Systems 2.0
SS: Multimedia Robotics 1.5
SS: Robot Learning 2.5
SS: RobotCub 2.0
SS: Sparse Tensor Discretizations 2.0
SS: Veni, Vidi, Vici 4.5
SS: Web Reasoning 3.0
Winter-school (WS): Rehabilitation Robotics 2.5


  • It is strongly recommended that applicants take the GRE (Graduate Record Exam) General Test. Applications without GRE will be reviewed, but not submitting GRE test results will be considered a major drawback and must be offset by very strong academic credentials (e.g., high grade point average). Applicants obtaining a university degree from a non-Bologna country have to hand in a GRE in order to have a chance to be admitted.
  • Proficiency in English is required. No specific test is required, but applicants who have taken the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) are encouraged to provide a copy of the official test results. Applicants obtaining a university degree from a non-Bologna country whose native language is not English, have to hand in a recognized English certificate and meet the  minimum requirement of the University of Zurich in order to have a chance to be admitted.
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Transcripts of academic records (documents in English, German, or French require no translation; documents in any other language must be translated into English or German and certified for official use) 
  • A Statement of Purpose concerning your plans for doctoral studies and career objectives. The statement should be written in English and should not exceed 1,500 words.
  • One copy of an essay that you have written (a seminar thesis for example, a Master's thesis or a research proposal, etc. The purpose is to get an idea of how your scientific work is)
  • Letter of recommendation. You will be asked during your online application to invite referees to submit a letter of recommendation on your behalf and you have to submit at least 2 letters in order to complete your application.


  • Fritz Kutter Award for Industry Related Thesis in Computer Science​
  • GI-Dissertationspreis
  • Klaus Tschira Preis für verständliche Wissenschaft


Living expenses depend very much on the individual student. These figures should therefore be regarded as a guideline only (in CHF): 

Rent incl. heating 550
Additional expenses (telephone, internet) 200
Meals 400
Insurance 250
Travel 80
Clothing, laundry, personal items 70
Leisure, spending money 150
Teaching materials 50
Total 1,750

The expected minimum cost of living for students therefore comes to a total of CHF 1,750 per month. 

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