SIT Ph.D. in Computer Science and Software Engineering

Drive knowledge through research

Join SIT’s blended research degree in Computer Science and Software Engineering and become a next-gen research leader. During this 4-year program, you can conduct in-depth, groundbreaking research on a topic of your choice, experiment with the latest research methods, and develop in-demand leadership skills.

Benefit from one-to-one supervision from the world’s leading academics, take part in cutting-edge research groups and collaborate across the fields of Computer Science, Physics, and Business. Join the SIT Ecosystem, where education, research, and business come together to address the upcoming digital challenges.

Research groups

  • Computer Science
  • Software Engineering
  • Program Verification
  • Software Testing and Analysis
  • Cybersecurity
  • Smart Software Systems
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Why Choose a Ph.D. with SIT?

  • Top Academic Advisors

    Learn from the world’s top scientists in Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Cyber Security, Quantum Technologies, Advanced Materials, Business Science, etc. Learn more.

  • State-of-the-Art Research 
Facilities

    Since education is part of our core business, we care deeply about career and personal development.

  • Strong Ties with The Industry

    Take advantage of the SIT’s close connection to the business world. Collaborate with academic and industry pros to find a science-based solution to a real-world problem.

  • Technology Transfer

    Move from idea generation to implementation. Take advantage of the SIT’s assistance with licensing and patenting and bring your scientific innovation to the market place and wider society.

  • SIT Scholarship

    SIT awards full-cost scholarships to all admitted Ph.D. students. The Ph.D. students are exempted from tuition fees and receive CHF 69.000 per year (CHF 5,750 gross per month). The program covers the equipment and travel expenses necessary for the research project.

Application

Entry Requirements

Applicants for this course must:

  • Hold a Master MSc or equivalent granted by an academic institution acknowledged in the Swiss system
  • Pass an interview with an admission committee

After the application is submitted, please expect to be contacted by SIT within next 60 days.

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France
Gabon
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Georgia
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Guyana
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Australian National University - Australia
Bauman Moscow State Technical University (BMSTU) - Russia
Brown University - United States
California Institute of Technology (Caltech) - United States
Carnegie Mellon University - United States
Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) - Hong Kong
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Columbia University - United States
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ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology) - Switzerland
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Harvard University - United States
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Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) - Hong Kong
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Innopolis University - Russia
ITMO University - Russia
Johns Hopkins University - United States
KAIST - Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology - South Korea
King's College London - United Kingdom
Korea University - South Korea
KTH Royal Institute of Technology - Sweden
KU Leuven - Belgium
Kyoto University - Japan
Lomonosov Moscow State University - Russia
Lomonosov Moscow State University - Russia
London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) - United Kingdom
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Lund University - Sweden
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - United States
McGill University - Canada
Monash University - Australia
Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology State University - Russia
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Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU) - Singapore
National Research Nuclear University "MEPhI" (Moscow Engineering Physics Institute) - Russia
National Research University - Higher School of Economics (HSE) - Russia
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New York University (NYU) - United States
Northwestern University - United States
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Osaka University - Japan
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Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH) - South Korea
Princeton University - United States
Rice University - United States
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Tohoku University - Japan
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Tsinghua University - China
UCL (University College London) - United Kingdom
Universidad de Buenos Aires (UBA) - Argentina
Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) - Mexico
Universite PSL - France
Universiti Malaya (UM) - Malaysia
University of Amsterdam - Netherlands
University of Auckland - New Zealand
University of Birmingham - United Kingdom
University of Bristol - United Kingdom
University of British Columbia - Canada
University of California, Berkeley (UCB) - United States
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) - United States
University of California, San Diego (UCSD) - United States
University of Cambridge - United Kingdom
University of Chicago - United States
University of Copenhagen - Denmark
University of Edinburgh - United Kingdom
University of Glasgow - United Kingdom
University of Hong Kong (UKU) - Hong Kong
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - United States
University of Leeds - United Kingdom
University of Manchester - United Kingdom
University of Melbourne - Australia
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor - United States
University of New South Wales (UNSW Sydney) - Australia
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill - United States
University of Nottingham - United Kingdom
University of Oxford - United Kingdom
University of Pennsylvania - United States
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University of Wisconsin-Madison - United States
University of Zurich - Switzerland
Yale University - United States
Yonsei University - South Korea
Zhejiang University - China

Career opportunities

Choose from many different commercial or academic careers. With a Ph.D. degree from SIT, you can achieve the following leadership positions:

  • CRL
    Chief Research Leader

    Learn from the world’s top scientists in Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Cyber Security, Quantum Technologies, Advanced Materials, Business Science, etc.

  • CS
    Chief Scientist

    Since education is part of our core business, we care deeply about career and personal development.

  • CTO
    Chief Technical Officer

    Take advantage of the SIT’s close connection to the business world. Collaborate with academic and industry pros to find a science-based solution to a real-world problem.

  • University Professor

    Move from idea generation to implementation. Take advantage of the SIT’s assistance with licensing and patenting and bring your scientific innovation to the market place and wider society.

FAQ

  • Am I eligible?

    This program is designed for MSc graduates with a passion for research and, preferably, an entrepreneurial flair. If you’re looking to build a research career in science and technology, fill in the application form, and our recruitment committee will get back to you shortly.

  • How long is the degree?

    A Ph.D. degree does not have a fixed duration. However, the students are expected to complete the degree in three to four years.

  • When can I apply?

    Apply anytime, start anytime. The Ph.D. program welcomes applicants on a rolling basis.

  • I can't find a review of the Ph.D. program. Can I speak to alumni?

    The SIT Ph.D. program is brand new. Be among the first students to live an SIT research experience side by side with the world’s top scientists and entrepreneurs.

  • Why choose SIT over an established university?

    SIT stands for innovation across education, research, and business. Here, you can get ready for a technical career and futureproof your professional skillset for decades to come. Unlike more traditional universities, SIT builds long-term, collaborative relationships with the industry and aligns the educational offer to the outside world needs.

  • Why choose Schaffhausen?

    Schaffhausen boasts an unparalleled level of industry connections and an exceptional quality of life. Located just 30 minutes away from Zurich national airport, this technological hotspot hosts the headquarters of several major software and IT organizations.

Contact us

For any additional questions please contact prof. Mauro Pezzè.