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ISEK - Department of Social Anthropology and Cultural Studies Social and Cultural Anthropology


Doing a PhD in Social and Cultural Anthropology

A PhD is a demonstration of the candidate’s ability to generate knowledge that contributes to the development of the research area through independent scientific work.

For the successful completion of the doctoral degree, at least 12 ECTS Credits must be obtained through the completion of elective modules. The dissertation must be written in the form of a monograph, cumulative dissertations are not accepted. All rules and regulations are detailed in the Doctoral Program Regulation for the Conferral of Doctorates at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences of the University of Zurich.

Are you interested in doing a PhD at ISEK – Social and Cultural Anthropology? If you would like to apply as a doctoral candidate, you must be accepted by two professors. The main doctoral thesis supervisor should be from the department of ISEK - Social and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Zurich. It is therefore important that you write a PhD proposal. Please contact your desired supervisor directly.

If you have graduated from another university than the University of Zurich, please contact Doreen Spörer-Wagner ( Currently, ISEK – Social and Cultural Anthropology does not offer a doctoral program with open positions.