Doctoral Program in Sociology

The Institute of Sociology, in collaboration with sociologists at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH Zurich), offers an attractive, internationally competitive, interuniversity doctoral program in sociology.

The doctoral program in sociology currently receives financial support from swissuniversities and is embedded in the Graduate School of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

The doctoral program in sociology gives PhD candidates broad freedom in choosing dissertation topics and courses. In addition to writing a doctoral thesis, PhD candidates are required to complete 12 ECTS credits of course work from curricular modules.

The Institute of Sociology regularly offers a choice of modules in the following subject areas to choose from:


Brief description

Scientific Writing

Acquisition of basic academic writing skills and learning to design research for scholarly publication.


What does it take to get published in high-ranking international journals? How does one handle peer reviews? Workshops with editors and experienced guest instructors.

Research Colloquium

Discussions with invited scholars about their latest research findings. Current Sociological Research

Thesis Workshop

Two-day seminar with professors from the Institute of Sociology and ETH Zurich: presentation of papers and discussions with junior researchers.

Writing (Project) Proposals

Learning to write scientific research project proposals for the Swiss National Science Foundation or the European Research Council, for example, and learning how to raise external funding.


UZH Continuing Education in University Teaching and Learning

We expect PhD candidates to possess seasoned knowledge of research methods. Beyond that, the University of Zurich and ETH Zurich both regularly offer courses that provide further training in specific and advanced research methods.