Useful PhD Resources

Useful PhD Resources

Chances are that at some point you wonder: “Am I the first person having this issue? Where did I find that again? Where do I turn to for that software licence?” And that’s the reason why we started to collect some helpful links and resources for your PhD journey. Because writing a dissertation is hard enough.

A useful link or a valuable resource missing? Let us know!

Useful links

Considering a doctorate at HSG

AdmissionAdmission requirements and applications periods for PhD programmes at University of St.Gallen (HSG)
Living CostsInformation on living costs in Switzerland provided by HSG
Tuition FeesInformation on tuition fees

Coming to Switzerland

Swisscare Health InsuranceCheapest health insurance policy for international PhD students coming to Switzerland, starting at CHF 65 per month. Covers all benefits of the Swiss national health insurance scheme KVG-LAMal.
Free UBS bank accountFree bank account for the time of your studies. Exclusive DocNet member benefit: members are entitled to a free acount until the age of 35.


CanvasE-Learning platform with all information about your courses
StudentWebAdministrative aspects of your studies
HSG-MailAccess to your university mail (internal PhD students)
StudentMailAccess to your university mail (external PhD students)
CompassOverview of all administrative aspects of your studies
HSG LibraryWebsite of the University of St. Gallen’s library
AlexandriaResearch platform of University of St. Gallen

Academic Support Services

Data and Method ConsultingHSG-provided consulting services on research design and research methods, including general advice on data bases and research software.
HSG Writing LabWriting matters — the HSG Writing Lab helps you to develop your writing skills and to build your writing confidence.
PhD Writing GroupsPhD-Writing Groups offer regular time and space for writing your PhD thesis or related papers.

Campus Life

DocNet Facebook groupDocNet’s Facebook group
DocNet Facebook pageDocNet’s Facebook page
DocNet LinkedIn pageDocNet’s LinkedIn page
DocNet LinkedIn groupDocNet’s LinkedIn group
DocNet XING groupDocNet’s XING group
Sharing is CaringFacebook group for HSG students
HSG MarketplaceSecond-hand marketplace for HSG employees
theCo by SHSGCo-working space by SHSG at Müller-Friedberg Strasse
Group Rooms Reserve a room for group meetings
Menu Mensa See what’s offered in Mensa this week

HSG Services

Office 365Access to Office 365
SoftwareSoftware licences for internal PhD students (e.g. SPSS, Unipark)
PC-TutorsIT services for students
PhD OfficePhD office for information for all issues pertaining to doctoral studies

Students & Alumni Networks

SHSGUniversity of St.Gallen’s students’ union
HSG AlumniAlumni Club of University of St.Gallen
DACDoctoral Alumni Club of University of St.Gallen (a chapter of HSG Alumni)


Dissertation Template for WordOfficial template by HSG PhD office for your thesis
Dissertation Template for LaTeXUnofficial template courtesy of Severin Landolt and Tetyana Drobot