Admission to doctoral or post-doctoral studies with a Swiss Master's degree or Doctorate

  • Conditions of admission

    Diplomas enabling an admission to doctoral studies:

    Generally, Bachelor’s degree (180 ECTS) + Master’s degree (90 ECTS) delivered by a recognized or accredited University

    Diplomas enabling an admission to post-doctoral studies:

    Doctorate delivered by a recognized or accredited University

    list of the recognized or accredited Swiss Universities can be found on the swissuniversities website.

    Additional specific information:

  • Application periods

    An application for admission to doctoral or post-doctoral studies can be submitted at any time. You can be registered for the current or for the following semester. When choosing a semester, please take into consideration that an admission procedure lasts several weeks; we therefore recommend that you take all the necessary steps as soon as possible.

  • Application fees

    Swiss Master’s Degree/Doctorate 

    Candidates holding a diploma from Switzerland or Liechtenstein which enables studies at the UniFR (eg. Swiss Master’s degree for an admission to doctoral studies or a Swiss Doctorate for an admission to post-doctoral studies)

    Application fees: CHF 50.-

    Foreign Master’s Degree/Doctorate 

    Candidates holding a foreign diploma which enables studies at the UniFR (eg. foreign Master’s degree for an admission to doctoral studies or a foreign Doctorate for an admission to post-doctoral studies)

    Application fees: CHF 100.-

     The application fee cannot be reimbursed nor carried over to another semester, even in the case of an inaccurate, withdrawn or refused application for admission.

     All banking and exchange fee costs must be borne by the customer.

    Information on the semester fees

  • Semesters and lecture periods
    Academic year 2018 – 2019:

    Autumn semester 2018

    • Official dates:

      1 August 2018 – 31 January 2019

    • Lecture period:
      17 September 2018 – 21 December 2018

    Spring semester 2019

    • Official dates:
      1 February 2019 – 31 July 2019

    • Lecture period:
      18 February 2019 – 29 May 2019

    Academic calendar

  • Application procedure

     Online applications through Inscruni are aimed exclusively at people who are not currently registered at the UniFR. If you are currently registered at the UniFR and have an active MyUnifr account, you must on no account apply through Inscruni. Any request from a student registered at the UniFR (e.g. change of degree programme, early start to master studies ("master anticipé"), master studies following a bachelor’s degree, etc.) must be submitted on the MyUnifr portal.

    1. Contact with the dean’s office / choice of the thesis supervisor 

    • Faculty of Science and Medicine
      If you wish to undertake doctoral or post-doctoral studies within the Faculty of Science and Medicine, you must contact the dean’s office, who will explain the procedure to be followed.
    • Other Faculties
      If you wish to undertake doctoral or post-doctoral studies within one of the other faculties, you must choose a professor who agrees to supervise your thesis.

    2. Online application

    Online application on Inscruni

     You can apply online even if you have not yet finished your studies and/or obtained your diploma.

     We recommend applying as early as possible as the processing of an application for admission takes several weeks.

    3. Payment of the application fee

    The application fee can be payed directly by credit card or with an invoice that can be downloaded after validating the online application.

    Only applications for which the application fee has been paid will be processed.

     The application fee cannot be reimbursed nor carried over to another semester, even in the case of an inaccurate, withdrawn or refused application for admission.

     All banking and exchange fee costs must be borne by the customer.

    4. Doctoral research authorisation form

    The doctoral research authorisation form is an essential document for your application.  Please ask your future Faculty for this document, fill it in and add it to your application for admission.

    5. Sending your documents to the Admission Office

    Once the online application validated, a personalised list of the documents to be submitted will be available on your Inscruni account. All the documents listed are essential to the processing of your application for admission and must be sent within the given deadline.
    Exception: If you are currently in the final year of your master/doctorate, please provide all the documents you already have. The missing documents can be sent in a second stage.

    Indicative list of documents to be sent together with your application for admission

    6. Processing of the application for admission and decision

    Once we have received the required documents, your application will be processed in two stages:

    • Formal analysis of the application by the Office for Admissions and Registration, who decide whether you are eligible for doctoral/post-doctoral studies.
    • Academic study analysis by the Faculty, who decides if the application meets the Faculty’s requirements.

     The faculty’s analysis can last several weeks; please note that applications for the Faculty of Science and Medicine are managed by the Commission for Requests, who meet on fixed dates.

    • Once the formal and study linked analyses completed, a written decision will be sent to you by post.

     No information regarding the status of your application for admission will be given by e-mail or by phone.

    7. Providing the original document

    • You already have your Master’s degree/doctorate, as you obtained it prior to your UniFR application: please submit the original of your diploma, as well as the deregistration certificate from the last university you attended.
    • You do not have your Master’s degree /doctorate yet, as you will receive it after your application at UniFR: please submit the original certificate of achievement of your Master’s degree/Doctorate, with an original seal and / or an original signature.

     A document printed out from the Internet cannot be accepted.

     The Master’s degree/Doctorate must be approved without any reservation or condition.

    The documents mentioned above can be:

    • Sent by post.
    • Handed in during the opening hours of the Office for Admissions and Registration.

    Exception: Students, who hold a Master’s degree/Doctorate of the UniFR are not required to present the original document.

    8. Final decision of admission

    Once you have met all the admission requirements and provided the original of your Master’s degree/Doctorate (if not possible, your original certificate of achievement) as well as a deregistration certificate, the final decision will be sent to you by post. 

    9. After the admission

  Online registration  

 Students who are already enrolled at the UniFR must use the MyUnifr portal.