Every subject offering postgraduate programmes must have a general syllabus describing their contents.
This is determined by the faculty board and according to the Section 7 of Chapter 8 of the Higher Education Ordinance it must contain:
What the general syllabus has to include:
- the principal contents of the programme and in relevant cases the compulsory reading for the subject;
- The overall structure of the programme.
- the previous knowledge and other conditions required in addition to the basic requirements for enrolment to third-cycle studies (specific entry requirements);
- the selection rules that apply for enrolment;
- Any tests involved in the programmes and where applicable, the possibility of completing a part of the programme with a Licentiate degree.
Read more in the Higher Education Ordinance chapter 8, section 7 (new window) »
If you are interested in third-cycle studies in a certain subject, you should contact the department offering the programme and ask for the general syllabus for the subject.
Individual study planThe contents of a third-cycle programme are different for each individual doctoral student - even when they are studying the same subject.
A compulsory requirement Everyone admitted to a doctoral programme must draw up an individual study plan with his or her supervisor. This requirement has been in place since 1993, but for a long time it was not taken as seriously as it should have been.
As of 1 April 1998, however, there are detailed regulations for these study plans. They give significant support in making it possible to complete a doctoral programme within four years of full-time study. You can find more details in the Section 8 of Chapter 8 of the Higher Education Ordinance.
Read more in the Higher Education Ordinance chapter 8, section 8 (new window) »