The doctorate is situated at the intersection between teaching and research. The core of the doctorate is to gain scientific competence by means of a personal and original contribution to research. The central objectives of the doctorate are acquiring subject-specific, methodical and transferable knowledge and skills as well as academic collaboration and network building.
The doctorate is structured by individual universities, taking account of institution- and discipline-specific conditions. Admission lies in the responsibility of the individual universities and is decided case-by-case on the basis of individual qualifications.
P-1 PhD programmes and development of third-cycle education (2017-2020)
swissuniversities manages a programme within the framework of the federal project contributions in order to enhance the attractiveness and quality of doctoral education strengthening at the same time doctoral degrees as well as the doctoral candiates' career prospects.
The universities and the universities of applied sciences and arts stated the following regarding the 3rd cycle and the doctorate:
- Recommendation on the use of foreign doctoral degree titles in Switzerland
- Excellence through research. Joint position of the Swiss Universities on the doctorate (Version from 17 January 2014)
- 3. Zyklus. Bedeutung für die Fachhochschulentwicklung. Grundsatzposition der Rektorenkonferenz der Fachhochschulen der Schweiz (vom 27. März 2014 mit Ergänzungen vom 4. Juli 2014) (in German or French)
- The presidents of CDEFI, CPU, CRASP, HRK, CRUS and UUK: “Joint declaration on Doctoral Training in Europe”. Paris, Warsaw, Bern, Bonn, London: November 2014.