Studying at the DCS Here, you will find information about your studies at the Ph.D. Programme in Computer Science (DCS). «The Institute of Computer Science at HSG provides a fence free and motivating atmosphere, where everyone can contribute to creating an efficient research environment with agility and pursue their wide ranging research topics based on Swiss pragmatism. I believe the close interactions between different research groups, sometimes even with other institutes at HSG, and the international diversity of the researchers serve as an excellent place for assiduous cultivation with inspirations. Furthermore, our new lab setup with robots, sensors, networks, and machines is a perfect testing ground for my research field of cyber physical systems, and I'm proud of being one of the first Ph.D. students of DCS.» Iori Mizutani, Ph.D. class of '23 The Ph.D. Programme in Computer Science (DCS) prepares you either for a career in academia or corporate R&D. You will be awarded the title "Dr. Sc." after successfully mastering our programme. The DCS is the only programme at the University of St.Gallen providing this degree to its Ph.D. students. The studies in the DCS programme are structured as follows: Application and Admission Admission has to be granted before you can begin your studies at the DCS. There are some criteria that you must comply with if you would like to get started here. The most fundamental criteria for admission are: the requirement of a master degree in computer science either from HSG or an other university that provides a doctoral programme. Alternatively, master degrees in topics related to computer science are accepted if the programme committee approves them. a letter of recommendation from your future supervisor, who must be a member of the faculty of the School of Computer Science (SCS). You will find an overview here. Please find information about your application and the further criteria for admission on the admission website of the DCS. Course Phase To successfully pass the coursework phase, you need to earn at least 12 ECTS from the combination of course work as outlined in the programme regulations and the programme scheme. The individual setup of your course phase is to be discussed with your supervisor. At the end of the coursework phase, you will provide proposal and will have to pass a colloquium in order to proceed to the research phase. In your proposal, you also have to specify if you will provide a monographic or a cumulative dissertation. Dissertation Phase Besides your research during the dissertation phase, you are obliged to perform at least two colloquial presentations. The Dissertation Phase ends with you handing in your doctoral thesis and the disputation. Deadline: You have to complete your dissertation phase within five years from the beginning of your course phase.