Our programs


A PhD is the highest degree delivered by the Faculty of Humanities. In order to obtain this post-graduate degree, students must develop a new and original research project that has not been presented for a PhD or an equivalent degree at another university.

PhD applicants must hold a Master of Arts from the University of Geneva, or an equivalent degree recognized by the Faculty. Professors have the right to accept or reject thesis proposals.

Students can apply to any department that offers a PhD program. They are not required to attend classes during their PhD. They will be registered at the university for the duration of their program, which should take no more than ten semesters.

Skills acquired by PhD candidates in Switzerland

Useful information

Information for PhD candidates
Rules and regulations


Request for academic leave
Extension request for PhD students requiring more than 10 semesters of study
PhD thesis proposal defense form

Financial aid

Information on financial aid available for PhD students
Financial aid application for post-graduate students
Conference grants for self-funded PhD students
Joint-PhD CRUS grants