The PhD program is based on the Regulations governing PhD studies of the Faculty of Science (MNF / UZH), and on the regulations of the BioMed PhD program of the ETHZ.
New: Modification of the BioMed regulations regarding mentorship
The regulations about the composition of the PhD thesis committees have been amended as follows:
Within 6 months of the beginning of a doctorate, the PhD thesis committee must be formed and communicated to the MNF/UZH or ETHZ, respectively, by the official thesis supervisor (responsible faculty member MNF/UZH / responsible group leader ETHZ). The PhD thesis committee consists of at least three members including the official thesis supervisor, the direct thesis supervisor and an external expert (not BioMed). The direct supervisor or the official supervisor must be a BioMed member. The official supervisor and the direct supervisor can be the same person. In this case, another knowledgeable scientist is recruited to the committee. Depending on whether the thesis is conducted at the UZH or the ETHZ, two of the members must have the right to confer PhDs at the MNF/UZH or the ETHZ, respectively. The responsible faculty member functions as head of the committee.
The BioMed program does no longer assign a mentor to each committee. Instead, the program lists on its website several PIs and students as "mentors" as well as advisory services that can be contacted by BioMed PhD students and PIs in case of problems.
All doctoral students who have already been assigned a mentor to their committee can (if desired) adjust their PhD thesis committee accordingly until end of 2021. Pay attention that at least two members of the PhD thesis committee must have the right to promote at the MNF. Changes in this regard must be made in agreement with the members of the existing committee and communicated to the BioMed coordinator using the respective form by the end of 2021. The databases DissGo and MNF StudentAdmin must be adjusted accordingly by the student.
The Faculty of Science (MNF) of the UZH approved the respective change/amendment to the regulations in June 2021.
The updated guidelines for UZH and ETHZ PhD students can be found following the links bellow.
Students who have started their thesis from fall semester 2019 on will conduct and finish their PhD according the BioMed guidelines:
Guidelines for remaining BioMed Mentors:
Students who have started their thesis after fall semester 2011 and before fall semester 2019 will finish their PhD according to the imMed or MTB guidelines: