Top Universities for PhD Study in Switzerland in 2021
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Top Universities for PhD Study in Switzerland in 2021

With four national languages and some of the most renowned universities in Europe, it’s no surprise that Switzerland is a popular location for international students. Alongside a picturesque landscape and generous university funding, it’s likely Switzerland will continue to remain a popular study location.

We’ve put together the latest international university rankings to identify some of the best universities for PhD study in Switzerland.

Top Swiss Universities in 2021
University THE 2021 QS 2021 ARWU 2020
ETH Zurich 14 6 20
École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne 43 14 83
University of Zurich =73 69 56
University of Basel =92 149 88
University of Bern 109 =114 101-150
University of Geneva =149 106 59
University of Lausanne =191 169 101-150
Università della Svizzera Italiana 251-300 273 701-800
University of Fribourg 351-400 601-650 401-500
University of Neuchâtel 401-500 - -
University of St Gallen 401-500 428 -
Information in this table is based on the latest Times Higher Education World University Rankings, QS World University Rankings and Academic Ranking of World Universities. Visit their websites for more information.

So, how good are Swiss universities for PhD study?

As its education system has recently introduced a range of new innovative research opportunities, Switzerland competes with other top European countries as an attractive destination for PhD research.

The Swiss National Science Foundation also offers generous support for early career researchers. This makes in an excellent choice for those wishing to continue their research in the same location after their PhD.

We've put together a few tips and tricks that can help you make the most of rankings for PhD study in our guide.

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Last updated - 29/03/21

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