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Department of Geography Graduate School



The Graduate School in Geography and Earth System Science offer no funding schemes for PhD candidates and doesn't directly handle or forward applications. 

PhD students are recruited by individual professors or project principal investigators (PI) of research projects in agreement with the unit’s head at any time during the year. We list research units and current open positions here. 

Note that many professors receive very large numbers of unsolicted applications, and these may not be answered.

Research units

Open positions at the GIUZ


A Master's or equivalent degree in a subject and from an institution acceptable to both University and Faculty regulations is the prerequisite for admission to the doctorate. There are no other restrictions. You can read more about the admissions procedure below. Pay careful attention to the requirements that apply to you - these differ according to where you studied, and the topic of your degree. 

Admission to Doctoral Studies at the University of Zurich

Specific procedure at the Faculty of Science

Equality and diversity

All those with an appropriate Master's degree, regardless of gender, race or disability will be equally considered for the Graduate School. International PhD candidates are encouraged to attend German language courses early in their studies. We believe this increases the possibilities for integration in the department and the wider community.

The Graduate School is committed to promoting forms of employment which help individuals to balance working, studying and family life. UZH has several initiatives to promote and support diversity in the workplace

Gender Equality and Diversity, UZH

Family at UZH