We promote the generation of young talentsHigher Research degrees

To meet the challenges of the future, a large number of specialists will be required. As a result, we created a number of programs to foster young talents by stimulating students' interest in technological and scientific disciplines. Advanced degree holders earn 45 percent more than those with only a bachelor's degree. Our experts and supervisors are highly qualified to assist you in achieving your life goals.


Bachelor of Philosophy (BPhil), is the title of an academic degree that usually involves considerable research, either through a thesis or supervised research projects. Unlike many other Bachelor’s degrees, the BPhil is typically a postgraduate degree awarded to individuals who have already completed a traditional undergraduate degree. The BPhil is usually a two-year degree plan partly taught and completed through research requirements. We also offer an undergraduate BPhil degree scheme which is a two-year program of seminars, usually six essays (of up to 5,000 words each) and a research thesis (max. 30,000 words). The BPhil is regarded as a very demanding degree, and a strong background is a prerequisite for admission.


Our Masters by Research (MScR) degrees provide a particularly strong preparation for Ph.D. study. They are sometimes offered as part of a doctoral training program. Our Masters by Research programs tend to place an emphasis on research skills: around two-thirds of the course content, consists of research project work. Masters by Research programs aim to develop your research skills and, as a result, they provide good preparation for postdoctoral study.


Our MPhil (Master of Philosophy) award is an Advanced research qualification that is often awarded to students who have completed the first two years of a Ph.D. program but ultimately decide not to finish the full doctorate. The MPhil is a qualification in its own right. It resembles a Ph.D. but generally takes two years (full-time) and does not carry the same requirement for original contribution to knowledge. You will be expected to submit a thesis at the end of your project, this will be shorter than a Ph.D. due to the timeframe it is completed. Some institutions require Ph.D. students to start their studies by registering for the degree of MPhil initially; however, this is not the case at our institution. You may be able to register for an MPhil from the outset, but not all our research programs offer an MPhil option. As with our PhDs, you normally need to have an existing postgraduate degree (such as an MSc) to be accepted onto an MPhil.

PhD / DPhil / DSc

A Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D., DPhil) is the most common degree at the highest academic level awarded following a course of study and research. A Ph.D. is awarded for programs across the whole breadth of academic fields. Because it is an earned research degree, those studying for a Ph.D. are required to produce original research that expands the boundaries of knowledge, normally in the form of a dissertation, and defend their work before a panel of other experts in the field. The completion of a Ph.D. is often a requirement for employment as a university professor, researcher, or scientist in many fields. The higher doctorate, Doctor of Science (DSc), is a postdoctoral degree program that is awarded to an individual who has significantly contributed to the field of research and science.


The Doctor of Laws (LLD) degree is a higher doctorate by examination and one of our Institute's most prestigious qualifications. The work submitted for examination must be of such a standard that it makes a substantial and original contribution to legal scholarship. Its has to be of such standard in order to give the candidate authoritative standing in the field of the candidate's study. Applicants must be graduates of a university who have held a recognised degree for at least four years and received adequate training for legal scholarship. Applications to enrol in the degree normally follow an invitation from our institution to individuals of considerable seniority and with a connection to SR21 - Institute for Scientific Research, Zurich.

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