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Life Science Zurich Graduate School (LSZGS) PhD Program, Switzerland

The Life Science Zurich Graduate School consists of sixteen highly competitive Ph.D. programs, run jointly by the ETH Zurich and the University of Zurich.

They aim to attract to Zurich the most promising young scientists from across the world. Our programs offer a comprehensive and challenging Ph.D. education that allows our students to develop into tomorrow’s leaders in life science research.



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The program language is English throughout.

15 PhD Programs, 1 MD-PhD Program

Biomedical Ethics and Law – Medical Track Biomolecular Structure and Mechanism
Cancer Biology Ecology
Epidemiology and Biostatistics Evolutionary Biology
Integrative Molecular Medicine MD-PhD Program
Microbiology & Immunology Molecular Life Sciences
Molecular and Translational Biomedicine Neuroscience
Plant Sciences RNA Biology
Science and Policy Systems Biology

Who is eligible?

As a rule, applicants must hold a university Master’s degree or equivalent in the field of natural sciences, computer sciences or engineering. Applicants admitted to the Life Science Zurich Graduate School will have to register for their PhD studies either at the University of Zurich or ETH Zurich, depending on the affiliation of their future supervisor.This means that acceptance is also subject to fulfilling the admission requirements of the respective institution

The Life Science Zurich Graduate School application process is divided into two parts. Only online applications will be accepted.

Part 1: Online application Step 1 and Step 2

Application form STEP 1 requires:

  • Personal information
  • Selection of program preference
  • Names and addresses of at least two referees

Please fill out this brief STEP 1 form early enough to give your referees enough time to transmit the letter of recommendation! You will then receive an e-mail with a URL address. Please keep this address safe. You will need it to complete the STEP 2 form during the application process. Furthermore, you will be able to follow the current status of your application on your personal dashboard. In order to invite your referees to submit their recommendations, please activate the invitation links on your dashboard.

Application form STEP 2 requires:

  • File upload (Master’s degree, Bachelor’s degree, academic transcript etc.)
    Only .pdf files are allowed! (free online PDF converter)

Application deadline

Next application deadline for the MIM PhD Program is July, 1, 2016.

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