Doctorate in Business and Economics and in Neuroeconomics

You would like to register for your Doctorate in Business and Economics or in Neuroeconomics as well as for the defense of your dissertation. The information below details the necessary steps to be taken.

Compulsory enrollment

Doctoral students have to be enrolled and pay the semester fees until they receive the final degree documents, i.e., until they are granted the title of Doctor.

It is possible to suspend the matriculation during the publication phase, provided that no services of UZH are claimed. During the suspension of matriculation, Doctoral students do not have to pay any semester fees and do not receive a valid student ID card.

Doctoral students can apply for a suspension of matriculation during regular online semester enrollment (Reason for suspension: "Publikation PhD"). Once the submission of the deposit copies to the central library is scheduled for the upcoming semester, a possible suspension must be replaced by a regular enrollment for the semester to come. In case of deregistration from the University, re-matriculation (online application) has to be requested and the whole matriculation process must be started anew. More information is available on the following website of the Student Administration Office:

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Preparatory steps

First read the information about graduation from Doctoral studies in the relevant regulations (framework ordinance and program regulations).

Regulations

Registration in person

You must register in person during office hours at the Dean's Office of the Faculty of Business, Economics and Informatics.

Please note that the date, time and location of your defense must have been fixed prior to your registration for graduation.

Please bring the following documents to register:

  • Registration form for the Doctoral degree, which can be downloaded from your module overview in the module booking tool
  • Documents listed in the registration form

The declaration of work with co-authors is included in the registration form. For your convenience, an additional copy of this declaration is available for both Business and Economics as well as Neuroeconomics in the Downloads section at the right.

Moreover, an additional copy of each of the following documents is available for download for both Business and Economics as well as Neuroeconomics: defense evaluation sheet, request for printing approval, approved title page, first inside page, exemplary CV,  and bibliografic citation. All of these documents are also included in the appendix of the registration form.

Please take into consideration the degree conferral dates and information at:

Degree conferral dates

Publication

Publication of the dissertation is a prerequisite for the granting of the title of Doctor and must take place within two years of the degree conferral date. On the selected degree conferral date, candidates are sent their provisional Academic Records as well as an accompanying letter from the Dean detailing the exact deadline by which the dissertation must be published.

Candidates must request printing approval from the Dean's Office before publishing their dissertations.

Deposit copies

The regulations of the central library, where candidates have to submit their deposit copies, must be observed.

Central library

The number of required deposit copies depends on the publication format. The current requirements are as follows:

  • Publication in the book trade: 6 deposit copies
  • Electronic publication: 3 deposit copies
  • Publication in the central library: 80 deposit copies

Diploma and Confirmation of Doctoral Degree

Approximately four to five weeks after submission of the deposit copies, the Confirmation of Doctoral Degree is issued and sent to the candidate by the Degree Office of the University. The Confirmation of Doctoral Degree authorizes the candidate to hold the title of Doctor.

The title of Doctor is considered conferred once the candidate has received the Diploma, which is delivered subsequently.

Candidates must not hold the title of Doctor before the Confirmation of Doctoral Degree has been received.

List of PhD conferrals at the University of Zurich

The list of graduates who have been granted the title of Doctor at the University of Zurich is available at:

List of PhD conferrals at the University of Zurich