Admission procedure

Since the beginning of 2015 the procedure is carried out in two steps: 

1. Application for admission

After the approval by the Primary Advisor, prospective students are required to apply for admission to the doctoral studies at the University of Basel.

Students already matriculated at the University of Basel: use the web application Online Services ( when re-registering and look up for required scanned documents there.

For all other students, i.e. not matriculated at the University of Basel, submit the following scanned documents to the Student Administration Office:

  • Online application form
  • Affirmation of Primary Advisor (request form) - includes guarantee of financial support
  • PhD project description (2000 - 5000 characters, 0.5 - 1 page, self-written)
  • Curriculum vitae in table form (Sample
  • Scanned copy of Master's degree certificates, transcripts and diploma supplement
  • Scanned copies of Bachelor's degree certificates, transcripts and diploma supplement 
  • Scanned copy of Certificate of eligibility for university entrance
  • Scanned copy of passport or identity card (back and front) 

Please note that applications can be submitted to the Student Adminstration Office throughout the year and at least three weeks before the PhD Board of Medical Faculty (Promotionsausschuss) meeting.

The Student Administration Office processes the application and passes it to the Faculty PhD Student Office. The final decision is provided by the PhD Board of Medical Faculty which meets regularly.

After the acceptance of the application the candidate will be matriculated as a PhD student by the Student Administration Office.

2. Submission of PhD agreement with full research proposal

The following scanned documents need to be submitted to the Faculty PhD Student Office within six months after the acceptance of the application: