Frequently asked questions

o    When is the application deadline?
Please review the application procedure for the most current information.

o    How will I learn the outcome of my application?
Applicants are notified about the decision of the Doctorate Team in an email.

o    What funding opportunities are available?
Please consult the relevant section of our website for detailed information, and in case of further question, contact the Finance Office.

o    What sort of academic background is required?
Applicants are expected to hold an internationally recognized Master’s or comparable degree in Psychology, Psychiatry, or a similar psychotherapy- and/or social work related program that provides a relevant academic background for the candidate. A comparable degree in other Social Sciences, Humanities, or other disciplines will also be considered in case of an excellent academic record.

   To whom could I personally write in the coming days to see whether my proposal could work for SFU before I apply?
All submitted applications are thoroughly reviewed by the Doctorate Team, which is composed of various faculty  and staff members. It is thus not possible to give a preliminary assessment. But candidates are welcome to contact SFU professors whose research interest is close to their profile in order to find out whether SFU is the best place for them.

o    May a student with a three-year Bachelor’s degree apply to the PhD programme at SFU?
Students with a three-year Bachelor’s should apply for two-year Master’s programs. For more information please consult

o    I am in the final year of a Master’s program, so I do not have a diploma to send yet. What shall I do?
In place of the diploma, please send us a certificate of enrollment stating your expected date of graduation. Please note that in order to be able to enroll at the PhD programme of SFU, you must graduate before mid-August of the year you are to begin your studies.

o    I am in the final year of a Master’s program, so I do not have a final transcript to upload yet. What shall I do?
You can send us an interim transcript. If and when you enroll, the Doctoral Office will ask you to submit the official document.

o    I have earned a Master’s at SFU and am now applying for a doctoral program. Am I required to upload official copies of academic records?
If you are applying to the doctoral program and you have graduated from SFU, you should email your transcript and the diploma the same way you did when applying to SFU for the first time.

o    I would like to earn a PhD at SFU while completing one at my home university at the same time. Is this possible?
Students enrolled in doctoral program of SFU may be enrolled at other universities. Nevertheless, in order to complete the requirements of the PhD programme at SFU students are highly encouraged to focus exclusively on one academic programme and research project in order to ensure high quality of their work.

o    Can I request postponement of admission?
Postponement of admission is not a standard option for admitted PhD students at SFU. Deferment is considered on a case-by-case basis, and might sometimes be allowed for exceptionally qualified candidates.

o    Are there admission quotas for certain countries or regions?
No. SFU admits students based on a combination of academic merit, professional experience, and demonstrated expertise of their proposed research topic.

o    Does SFU consider late applications?
Late applications are considered on a case-by-case basis.

o    Is there a waiting list?
Yes, students might, in some cases be required to be on a waiting list before they can start their PhD education at SFU. Waitlisted applicants will be notified about their status before the beginning of the academic year.

o    Who can supervise my topic?
In order tom learn about the expertise and research interest of our faculty, please visit the website of the Departments of Sigmund Freud University. Nevertheless, we would like to remind you that you do not need to choose a supervisor prior to admission to the PhD programme. PhD candidates are given the possibility to get acquainted with the faculty members, as familiarity with the work and matching research interests with the professors is key to the success of research cooperation. Therefore, SFU allows its PhD candidates to officially announce the name of their supervisor by the end of their first study year.