According to the Higher Education Ordinance, which contains the regulations that apply to all higher education funded by the state, certain requirements must be fulfilled before a student may be admitted to studies at the third-cycle level.
The number of doctoral students admitted to third-cycle courses and study programmes may not exceed the number that can be offered supervision and otherwise acceptable conditions for study and whose studies are funded (...) section 34 of Chapter 7 of the Higher Education Ordinance
The higher education institution may only admit applicants to third-cycle courses and study programmes who have been appointed to doctoral studentships or awarded doctoral grants. The institution may, however, admit applicants who have some other form of funding for their studies if it considers that the funding can be guaranteed during the entire period of study and that the applicants can devote enough time to their studies to enable their completion within four years in the case of a licentiate degree or eight years in the case of a PhD. Section 36 of Chapter 7 of the Higher Education Ordinance.
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The provisions that apply to third-cycle courses and study programmes lay down stringent requirements about the responsibility assumed by the higher education institutions for their students, supervision and funding.