Apply to the PhD programme at the Faculty of Informatics

We encourage applications from highly qualified candidates. Admission to the Ph.D. programme is competitive. Each year we receive many strong applications from around the world. Applicants are admitted based on their research interests and experience, potential for success in the programme, and compatibility with current needs of the Faculty. 

The official language of the Ph.D. programme is English. Students must be able to demonstrate fluency in English prior to admission. 

The Ph.D. programme is governed by Regulations adopted by the Faculty

In order to be admitted, the applicant must have completed a Master's degree in computer science, informatics, or a closely related field prior to joining the program (but not necessarily prior to applying to the programme).

Applications for admission to the Ph.D. programme are reviewed two times per year. Admission is typically for the Fall semester (commencing in September).


Applications for admission to the Ph.D. programme - Dates
Application Deadline Approximate Notification Date Approximate Start Date
1 November 1 January 1 March (Spring Semester) 
1 May 1 July 1 September (Autumn Semester)


Students must complete their applications to arrive on or before the appropriate deadline, and will be notified of acceptance or rejection by the approximate notification date. 

The application for admission to the Informatics Ph.D. programme consists of the following materials:

Completed application materials must be submitted via e-mail to the Dean's Office ([email protected]).


Financial Assistance

Most students in the Ph.D. programme are supported as assistants. The support covers tuition and provides a stipend. Responsibilities of assistants include both teaching and research duties. Generally students receive support as long as funds are available and the student is making adequate progress through the programme (as described in the regulations).



Please contact the Dean's Office (decanato dot inf at usi dot ch) for further information on the Ph.D. programme and admission process.