With a PhD, you get in-depth experience of how to conduct academic research. But to successfully complete your doctoral studies, you need to find a topic that you’re interested in and have a talent for research. You also need to be intellectually curious, gradually develop your research skills and have the right people supervising your work.

A PhD is an opportunity to be creative within an academic environment. It will require you to build on and develop your existing knowledge, come up with original and well-thought-through ideas, and produce some innovative results – that may even go against what had been previously established in your field. These principles apply no matter what field you are studying in.

A PhD provides you with the skills you need to take on intellectually demanding professional tasks and functions, prepare for a career in research – in an academic or non-academic setting – and thus contribute to social or economic progress or to public service and policy, for example.



A PhD is an individual research project that is overseen by a thesis supervisor. It lasts between six and ten semesters. Research at UNIGE is conducted in a range of fields across nine different faculties.

 PhD applicants must hold a Master's degree or a degree deemed equivalent by the dean of the hosting faculty. Each faculty has its own admission rules and regulations for its PhD programs. PhD applicants must also fulfill the University of Geneva's terms and conditions of enrollment.


PhD at the University of Geneva: a few figures