Graduate Education

The Plant Science Center offers a variety of options for graduate students enrolled or planning to enroll at University of Zurich, University of Basel and ETH Zurich, ranging from individual courses to thematic modules to structured PhD programs.

Students expect graduate training to furnish strong skills in fundamental science, science application and communication, stakeholder engagement, and discipline-bridging to solve complex problems.

To address these expectations, the PSC offers graduate classes that complement the degrees awarded by our University partners at the Master´s and PhD level. The PSC organizes more than 30 graduate courses each year, in English.

PSC offers two structured PhD programs

In addition to coursework for Master's students, PSC offers two structured PhD programs with fully accredited curricula, leading to training certification and a diploma supplement that become part of the PhD degree issued by the parter universities.

Students can choose between:

The PSC Plant Sciences PhD program offers training in frontier topics of plant sciences, including molecular biology, environmental sciences, ecology and agronomy. The PSC Science & Policy PhD program is designed for natural scientists aiming to acquire additional tools to enable work at the interfaces between research, policy, and stakeholders.

Both PhD programs offer access to special workshops, symposia, and summer schools that address the biggest challenges currently facing science and society.