Structure

Thesis committee

Within approximately 6 months of the start of the PhD, the thesis supervisor appoints a thesis committee. The thesis committee comprises at least three members: see pdf below for exact requirements on composition. The thesis committee is responsible for the thematic and methodical monitoring of the thesis, for the formulation and supervision of the complementary course work and for the decision to continue or discontinue the thesis.

Thesis Committee Composition for UZH students (PDF, 45 KB)

Curriculum

Before registering for the thesis defense a total of 12 CPs is needed. The thesis committee and the supervisor decide together with the student on how to obtain these. The PhD program regulations stipulate the following minimal requirements:

  • 3CP: EPI301 Introduction to Epidemiology or STA404DP Clinical Biostatistics
  • 4CP: Free choice in accordance with supervisor
  • 2CP: EB methods seminar
  • 3CP: Transferable skills

Note: All students who started before December 6th 2018 get 2 ECTS for the pre-doctoral exam (2nd committee meeting) and have to achieve a minimum of 2 ECTS "Free choice in accordance with the supervisor".

All students who started after April 1st 2016 have to take the 2 hour introductory course on Research Integrity offered by LSZGS. A researcher development trainining program is offered for all EBPhD students, participation in all activities is expected where applicable.

Credit points pdf list (PDF, 41 KB)

Credit points doc list (DOC, 28 KB)

Thesis Committee Meetings

The first meeting of the thesis committee should take place approximately 6 months after starting, subsequent meetings should be organized in an interval of approximately 12 months. The last meeting is the defense of the thesis. Responsible for the organisation of the meetings is the student. 

If the requirements concerning these meetings are repeatedly not satisfied the student may be excluded from the program.

Instruction thesis committee meetings (PDF, 30 KB)

First Committee Meeting:

Student submits, presents and defends a research plan, including key milestones, planned publications, planned teaching activities, and planned courses. The thesis committee chaired by the supervisor writes a protocol of the meeting, which is then signed by all involved parties and is used as doctoral agreement. If the committee has specific recommendations, they might be summarized and supplemented in an Appendix (Committee Meeting Appendix (DOC, 37 KB)). All documents should be sent to the PhD coordinator.

1st Committee Meeting Research Plan (DOC, 87 KB)

1st Committee Meeting Doctoral Agreement (PDF, 77 KB)

Second meeting/pre-doctoral exam:

Student submits and presents a progress report, including new results and major changes to the protocol, the publication status, an update on teaching activities and courses. The purpose of the second meeting is to verify that the student has the skills and the ability to carry out the planned research. The thesis committee writes a protocol of the meeting. If the student has passed the pre-doctoral exam the protocoll is signed by all involved parties and is used as doctoral agreement. In case of failure the exam can be repeated once within 3 months, repeated failure leads to exclusion of the program. All documents should be sent to the PhD coordinator.

2nd Committee Meeting Progress Report (DOC, 87 KB)

2nd Committee Meeting Doctoral Agreement (PDF, 77 KB)

Subsequent Meetings

Subsequent meetings can be organized as needed.

3rd Committee Meeting Progress Report (DOC, 87 KB)

3rd Committee Meeting Doctoral Agreement (PDF, 77 KB)

Teaching hours

All PhD students of the Faculty of Science MNF (UZH) have to prove that they acquired a minimum of 100 teaching hours and a maximum of 420 teaching hours (Ordinance for obtaining a doctoral degree (PDF, 79 KB), Ordinance for obtaining a doctoral degree Part A (PDF, 178 KB)). The amount of required teaching hours depends on the PhD student’s responsible professor’s (head of the promotion committee) affiliation:

  • For responsible professors affiliated with the division VI “Computational Science & Neuroinformatics”, the following can be counted toward the required teaching assistance: Teaching bachelor and master’s students, supervising and grading exams, supervising master’s students.
  • For responsible professors affiliated with the division IV “Biology” see: https://www.biologie.uzh.ch/de/Studium/Doktorat.html
  • For all other divisions, teaching requirements should be conducted in consultation with the responsible professor.

Note: Affiliated with the Division of Biology means that the head of your promotion committee (official supervisor MNF, responsible faculty member) is either 1) A professor at the Faculty of Science MNF within the Division of Biology OR 2) Has the right of promotion at the Faculty of Science MNF and is associated with the Division of Biology