Procedure of a doctoral degree

1 - Select subject of study 

The University of Fribourg offers you a wide range of disciplines in which you can pursue a PhD degree.


2 - Find a PhD supervisor 

Decide which professor in your field of study is a suitable candidate for doctoral supervision and contact him/her directly.

Are you interested in a PhD partnership (Cotutelle de thèse)?


3 - Admission and registration 

As soon as you have received your professor's approval to supervise your PhD thesis, you can submit an application for admission.

 Important note

The professor's acceptance is not yet a guarantee that you will be admitted to the PhD programme. You need to fulfil the admission requirements. Please follow the detailed procedure listed for admission and enrolment

4 - Contact with the department

Contact your department to get the exact conditions for the PhD degree, as these vary from faculty to faculty. 


The BULA office (Equal Opportunities Offices of the Universities and Vocational Colleges in Latin Switzerland) has published the information booklet “Getting Your Thesis Off to a Good Start,” geared at doctoral students who have recently embarked on their dissertation.

Conditons for the success of doctoral supervision

Concrete avenues for doctoral students and those supervising them.

Publication of the Centre for Faculty Development at the University of Fribourg (Switzerland).