Doctorate

EPFL, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, offers its doctoral candidates an extraordinary setting: customized PhD programs; cutting-edge laboratories directed by internationally renowned professors; a modern, fast-developing campus; satellite sites in French-speaking cantons; and close ties to industry.

Doctoral candidates
Academic year 2020-2021

 2282

Country of origin
Switzerland Europe World

15%

51%

34%

Degrees
Delivered in 2020

 390

Career
   Academia    Industry
 

   39%

 

   61%

Doctoral studies at EPFL

Doctoral studies structure

An EPFL PhD is typically obtained after four years of study devoted to an original and independent scientific research project.

Doctoral programs

EPFL’s Doctoral School is organized into 22 doctoral programs.

Admission criteria and application

Information about an admission to a PhD program at EPFL.

Why choose EPFL?

Thesis distinction

Each year, a distinction is granted to a selection of very high quality theses, in order to highlight the doctoral candidates’ research work and their scientific merit.

EPFLglobaLeaders

EPFLglobaLeaders is a new doctoral fellowship programme funding early stage researchers to become leaders in the transition towards sustainable societies.

EPFLinnovators

The EPFLinnovators programme aims to attract excellent PhD candidates with an interest in entrepreneurship to EPFL.

Meet EPFL representatives

EPFL regularly takes part in educational fairs and information sessions throughout the world.

Contact

In case of questions, please contact your doctoral program of interest.


You may also contact the Doctoral Students’ Office.