Welcome to the Zurich Graduate School in Geography

The Zurich Graduate School in Geography offers the possibility to study for a doctoral degree across the breadth of Geography, in the research fields of Physical Geography, Human Geography and Methodological Geography. This webpage is the first point of reference for current and future PhD students and supervisors to find information related to the graduate school and its objectives, the curriculum of the graduate school as well as information on admission requirements, deadlines, forms and funding possibilities. If you can't find the information you need here then please get in touch.

You can find out more about the Graduate School, and its members, by clicking on the violet placemarkers in the map below.

Director of the Zurich Graduate School in Geography

Prof. Dr. Ross Purves

Coordinator of the Zurich Graduate School in Geography

Dr. Isabelle Gärtner-Roer


  • PhD Seminar 2 (obligatory course): 18./19. March 2019
  • "Voice training & presentation skills": 28./29. March 2019
  • "Principles & Theory": spring 2019
  • What is transdisciplinary research? Have a look at the video of the International Graduate School North-South and get a read of the field work in Nepal in summer 2015.
  • The Information Booklet for new PhD students has been updated. Find the recent version under Get started in Zurich on the top right.
  • Fieldwork advice: Going on fieldwork soon - find useful planning tips here (PDF, 133 KB).