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University of Basel

Doctoral Programs

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.

Please find a list of all PhD programs offered by the seven faculties at the University of Basel - Please note: these pages are currently under (re)construction! (17.7.2017)

Information for PhD program directors and coordinators

The team members responsible for PhD programs at the Office of Research in the Vice Rectorate for Research provide support and information to the directors and coordinators of PhD programs. Collaboration between program coordinators is encouraged in order to intensify the transfer of knowledge and cooperation between the faculties.

Establishing new PhD programs

The Univesity 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 members of the  Doctoral Commission (Doktoratskommission). 

Please contact us if you have any questions or queries:
  • Dr. Manuela Rossini

    Doctoral Programmes & Cotutelles; Inter- and Transdisciplinarity

    Dr. Manuela Rossini
    University of Basel Vice President for Research Petersgraben 35
    4001 Basel
    Tel. +41 61 207 09 98
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  • Dr. Bernd Hägele

    Head of Office of Research

    Bernd Haegele
    University of Basel Vice President's Office for Research Petersgraben 35, Postfach
    4001 Basel
    Tel. +41 61 207 27 34 Fax +41 61 207 12 39
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