PhD Programmes at the Faculty of Biomedical Sciences
The Faculty of Biomedical Sciences awards a single degree of PhD in Biomedical Sciences with the following majors:
- Immunology and Cell Biology
The programme is run by the Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB), affiliated to the Faculty.
- Cancer Biology and Oncology
The programme is run by the Institute of Oncology Research (IOR), affiliated to the Faculty.
- Neurosciences / Human Neurosciences
The programme is run by the Neurocenter of Southern Switzerland (NSI - EOC), partner of the Faculty.
- Cardiovascular/ Human Cardiovascular Sciences
The programme is run by the Cardiocentro Ticino, partner of the Faculty.
- Drug Sciences
The programme is run by the USI Faculty of Biomedical sciences, LRG.
- Public Health
The programme is run by the Institute of Public Health of USI.
- Computational Biomedicine
The programme is run by the Euler Institute.
Doing a PhD at any of the affiliated or partner institutes of the Faculty entails full immersion in a challenging and intellectual community of international students. The PhD programmes provide solid scientific education, including general and specific skills, seminars, lectures, and retreats. The cooperation with the Clinical Trial Unit EOC (CTU-EOC) guarantees qualified and specialised support in all areas of clinical research for PhD theses Servizi di supporto alla ricerca - CTU EOC. Moreover, students have the opportunity to attend classes of the PhD programme "Biomedicine" offered in Zurich (ETH-UZH).
Trial work shall be organised and financed at the institute or partner where the programme is run. Open positions are published on the respective websites. Doctoral positions are not funded directly by USI.
The structure of doctoral studies is indicated in the relevant regulations below.
PhD Doctoral courses
To apply for a PhD program offered by the Faculty of Biomedical Sciences, please check directly the availability of positions at the institute where you are interested in doing your PhD:
- Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB) - for the PhD in Immunology and Cell Biology
- Institute of Oncology Research (IOR) - for the PhD in Cancer Biology and Oncology
- Neurocenter of Southern Switzerland - for the PhD in Neurosciences / Human Neurosciences
- Cardiocentro Ticino - for the PhD in Cardiovascular / Human Cardiovascular Sciences
- Faculty of Biomedical Sciences, LRG - for the PhD in Drug Sciences
- Institute of Public Health of USI - for the PhD in Public Health
- Euler Institute - for the PhD in Computational Biomedicine
Once you do have a PhD-project agreed with one of the institutes, the following documents need to be sent to [email protected]:
- Motivation letter
- Reference letter written by the PhD Thesis director
- Title and description of the PhD project (min. 1 page, max. 5)
- Copy of the Master degree diploma
- Copy of ID or passport
- Confirmation of agreement or contract with the institute (and, if applicable, copy of working-permit)
- Portrait picture of yourself (jpg, png)
- Swiss matriculation number (if applicable)
Doctoral programme and 1st Year Review
PhD thesis defence report (to be filled in by the Chair of the Board)