Doctorate in Chemistry


The Department of Chemistry offers a doctoral programme in Chemistry. The programme is conducted entirely in English and comprises a personal research project which must be completed within a timescale of three to four years.

Chemistry in Fribourg is an interdisciplinary science. Research at the FriMat and NCCR Bio-inspired Materials centres of competence is focused on nanomaterials, and practical application of the research is facilitated by the immediate geographical proximity to the departments of biochemistry, medicine and physics, as well as the Adolphe Merkle Institute.

PhD students learn how to conduct independent research. They are also trained in the interpretation and presentation of scientific data and learn how to categorise these in a general context. PhD students have access to a comprehensive, modern pool of analytical instruments and are supported in their research by the respective experts. They also take part in international scientific conferences, to increase their knowledge and build up a scientific and social network. PhD students are actively involved in training chemistry students, for example by supervising chemistry laboratory course.

PhD students in the Department of Chemistry are remunerated according to standards of the Faculty of Science and Medicine. To enrol for the doctoral programme, applicants choose the laboratory where they wish to write their thesis. After consulting the respective publications, contact the group leader who will tell you if there are any vacancies.


  • Doctoral School in Chemistry

    The aim of the Doctoral School is to broaden the formation our Ph.D. students with transferable skills like entrepreneurship, public speaking and experimental design and to spur their participation to the department seminars.


    In addition to their Ph.D. thesis, each student is requested to fulfil the following requirements in order to obtain a certificate of completion of the Doctoral School:

    • Two transferable skills course to be chosen between the courses of the Soft Skills Master module or some selected courses provided by:FriUp Innoswiss
    • Attendance at the group seminars
    • At least 80% attendance at the department seminars (See our agenda)
    • At least 80% attendance at the Ph.D. seminars
    • Successful first year Ph.D. exam
  • Organization and Admission
    Structure of Studies

    No ECTS credits can be earned.


    In order to be admitted to a doctorate the candidate must have been awarded an academic Bachelor's and Master's degree or an equivalent qualification by a university recognised by the University of Fribourg.

    Before applying for a doctorate the candidate should contact a professor who would be willing to supervise the thesis work.

    There is no general right to be admitted to a doctorate.

    The respective conditions of admission for each doctoral study programme are reserved.

Degree Conferred
Scientiarum doctor in chemia / Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry (PhD)

Language(s) of Study

Programme Start

An application for admission may be submitted any time 


Additional Information

Regulations & Admission 

Research Groups 


PhD / Postdoc Portal

Further Information and support dedicated to doctoral students at University of Fribourg.