Information on the coronavirus
Due to the spread of the coronavirus, ETH Zurich has switched to emergency operation. The buildings are no longer open with immediate effect. Please use the central website to keep yourself informed about further measures taken by ETH Zurich. There you will also find answers to the most important questions.
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Taking a doctorate at ETH Zurich is an excellent investment for your future scientific career.
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)”.