Doctoral (PhD) Studies

The Computer Science Department at ETH Zürich offers a highly internationally ranked doctoral studies program. Our goal is to educate students to become mature researchers and future leaders in the field of computer science. Admission is highly competitive due to a large number of candidates and very few openings. As a doctoral student you will become part of a research group and employed as a research assistant, receiving a competitive salary that comfortably covers the cost of living in Switzerland. The time to complete the doctoral degree typically ranges from 4–5 years.

Who is eligible?

Applicants need a Master’s degree with a strong background in computer science or a closely related field and need to be proficient in written and spoken English.

Applicants with a 4-year or 5-year Bachelor who wish to pursue a PhD can opt for the fast-track doctoral studies. This requires application to our Master’s program and provides financial support through stipends. More information on fast-track doctoral studies .

Language tests are not required, but you should include them with your application if available. We typically conduct personal interviews with candidates considered for admission.

GRE tests are not mandatory but results should also be included in your application if available.

How to apply?

Applications are always accepted in one of two ways:

Option 1: You can contact a professor in an area of your interest to find out whether he or she has openings and may be interested in supervising you as doctoral student.

List of professors and research groups:

Research Groups  
Research Positions 

Option 2: You can submit your application online to our central application system. This way, your application will automatically be available to and reviewed by our entire faculty.

The online application is entirely electronic and you will need the following items:

  • Scans of diplomas for completed degrees
  • Scans of grade records for all attended universities
  • CV
  • Statement of objective (text only in English)
  • Contact information for three references providing recommendations

Note that all file uploads should be unprotected pdfs with a file size of at most 2 MB each.

Once your application is submitted, it will stay live for four months. In this period, you may be contacted by any interested faculty member. Otherwise, you will receive a notification at the end of this time period.

Proceed to the online application system  (you will leave the ETH web domain)

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