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Department of Film Studies


A Master’s program can be followed by doctoral studies, which focus on an independently conducted research project (dissertation) and lead to the doctoral degree (PhD).

It is possible to write a PhD thesis in English. However, to pursue doctoral studies and participate in academic life, candidates must have sufficient knowledge of German.

Doctoral research projects may be accepted from candidates who have completed a Master’s degree in film studies with excellent results. The minimum admission requirement is a Master’s program consisting of 30 credits in film studies and an additional 30 credits for the Master’s thesis on a topic relevant to film studies. An equivalent degree in a closely related field with a liberal arts/cultural studies approach can also be accepted (in this case, the final thesis must also concern a topic relevant to film or media studies). In each case, the decision on admission lies with a professor of the Department of Film Studies.

Procedure: please contact the department office to make an appointment with the respective professor. The following documents are to be submitted prior to the meeting:

  • résumé
  • copy of Master’s diploma
  • letter of motivation
  • project outline (3–5 pages)

The general regulations of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences apply. Applicants are not entitled to admission.

Weiterführende Informationen

PhD coordination

Dr. Miriam Volmert

Office Oerlikon (Thu): Affolternstrasse 56, 8050 Zürich, room AFL-G-238

Office Zentrum (Tue-Wed): Rämistrasse 59, 8001 Zürich, room RAA-G21

Information on the discontinued doctoral program, PVO 2009

For doctoral students of Film Studies who are enrolled in the doctoral program according to the regulation PVO 2009 (in German, expiring in Spring Semester 2023), the following regulations and instructions apply. No new enrollments are possible in this expiring program.

Graduate Campus

The Graduate Campus of the University of Zurich was established in 2012 in order to support scholars at the doctoral and postdoc levels in the pursuit of their academic careers. The Graduate Campus offers funding for interdisciplinary activities, access to a large network of junior researchers, and a variety of courses in «transferable skills.»