Graduate School

Welcome to the Center for Theoretical Astrophysics and Cosmology Graduate and Postgraduate program. We aim to attract to Zurich the most promising young scientists from across the world. Our programs offer a comprehensive and challenging education that allows our students to develop into tomorrow's leaders, and a research environment that is second to none.

PhD Programme

The doctoral program in astrophysics is focused on carrying out original research and is completed within three to four years (full-time). Research topics range from the formation of planets, stars and galaxies, to understanding the large scale structure of the universe, dark matter and dark energy. The program includes a curricular part for which doctoral students must obtain at least 12 ECTS credits. These can be obtained in a variety of ways, such as by attending graduate schools, giving talks at conferences or by attending advanced lectures. Appropriate lecture courses will be chosen by the PhD advisor together with the doctoral student. Doctoral students attend weekly research seminars, the “astrophysics journal club” and “astrophysical thinking”.

Official PhD regulations for the Theoretical Astrophysics and Cosmology progeram: PDF EN / PDF DE

Open PhD positions are advertised <<here>>.

Admissions to Promotion - Useful links and documents from the UZH MNF website:

Admission procedures MNF Graduate Schools and Doctoral Studies at the MNF

Fact sheet Admissions (Merkblatt Zulassung) (DE)

Checklist (EN) / Checkliste (DE)

Institute for Computational Science "Doctoral Agreement" (PDF)

Institute for Computational Science "Acceptance Confirmation Structured Doctoral Program" (PDF)

Fact sheet PhD Defence (EN) / Merkblatt (DE)