In the course of implementing the Bologna Reform, the University of Basel has been developing around 40 PhD programs since 2010.
Half of these programs are structured, with a curriculum (minimum 18 ECTS) and mostly rooted in a department or single discipline while also being largely interdisciplinary in orientation. The other half of the programs consist of interuniversity activities (like a joint Summer School, for ex.), often focussed on a topical theme from a predominantly disciplinary perspective.
A PhD program allows doctoral candidates to collaborate intensively with their peers, the various professors in the program and experts from inside and outside academia. Participation in a PhD program requires a preparedness on the part of the doctoral candidate to be actively involved in the structuring of the program as well as the (self-)organisation of courses.
PhD programs also help facilitate excellent local, national and international networking.
Establishing new PhD programs and Graduate Schools
The University of Basel is now entering a consolidation phase of its doctoral education while identifying potential topics for the development of new Graduate Schools and/or doctoral programs together with the faculties, represented by their members in the Doctoral Commission (Doktoratskommission).