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The University of Bern offers the following three types of doctorate:

  1. General doctorate
  2. Structured doctoral programme from a faculty
  3. Graduate school 

Admission requirements


  • are holding a Master degree or Licentiate from a Swiss university or federal institute of technology and
  • meet the formal prerequisites for a doctorate (e. g. certain average mark or grade) of the relevant faculty or graduate school

Steps in the application for a doctorate

  1. Consult the pre-requisites for a doctorate of the relevant faculty or graduate school
  2. Look yourself for a supervisor for your doctoral thesis project at the University of Bern; if necessary, ask the administration of the relevant institute/department for assistance
  3. Apply online for admission. Please observe the application deadlines.
  4. Complete the relevant confirmation of supervision:
  1. All other steps of your application including information about the required documents can be found on the relevant confirmation of supervision.

Fees for PhD students
- Registration fee CHF 100
- Semester fee for PhD students CHF 200

University of Bern | Admissions Office | Hochschulstrasse 4 | 3012 Bern | Switzerland | phone +41 (0)31 631 39 11
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