Degree Programs Doctorate

Doctoral degree programs

Besides the graduate schools, doctoral students at the University of Bern also have the option to take a structured doctorate as part of

  • a Swiss University Conference doctoral degree program (programs associated with competence centers and faculty programs)
  • a CUSO program (programs of the Conférence universitaire de Suisse occidentale (Association of Universities in Western Switzerland))

Swiss University Conference and CUSO doctoral degree programs are organized on an interuniversity basis and are particularly concerned with promoting academic exchanges involving doctoral students. As with the graduate schools, the doctorate in these programs involves certain mandatory curricular components in addition to drafting a dissertation. Unlike the graduate schools, Swiss University Conference and CUSO doctoral degree programs tend not to relate to specific subjects at the University of Bern and are mostly less formalized.

With the program of "Doctoral degree programs" (2013-2016) from the Swiss University Conference (SUK), the Rectors' Conference of the Swiss Universities is supporting the development of interuniversity doctoral degree programs at a national level. As part of structured doctoral degree programs, doctoral students are offered various forms of (interuniversity) exchange and educational opportunities. This should improve the quality and attractiveness of education to doctoral level and boost the career perspectives of doctoral students.

Further information regarding the Swiss University Conference program for 2013-2016 P-1 "Doctoral degree programs".

The University of Bern supports the following inter-university PhD-programs/activities:

PhD-Program Chemistry and Molecular Sciences

Link to the program
Subject group: Natural sciences
Involved institutions
University of Bern: Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Partner institutions: UZH

Graduate School of Climate Sciences

Link to the program
Subject group: Natural sciences; interdisciplinary
Involved institutions
University of Bern: Oeschger Centre for Climate Change Research; Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences; Faculty of Humanities; Faculty of Law
Partner institutions: ETH; Paul Scherrer Institut; Eidg. Forschungsanstalt für Wald, Schnee und Landschaft (WSL);
Agroscope, Institute for Sustainability Sciences

International Graduate School North-South

Link to the program
Subject group: Natural sciences; interdisciplinary
Involved institutions
University of Bern: Centre for Development and Environment
Partner instutions: UniBas; UZH

Graduate Program on Cell Migration

Link to the program
Subject group: Natural sciences; medicine and pharmacy
Involved institutions
University of Bern: Theodor Kocher Institute (Faculty of Medicine)
Partner institutions: UniFr; Institute for Research in Biomedicine (Bellinzona)

PhD Program Public Health

Link to the program
Subject group: Interdisciplinary
Involved institutions
University of Bern: Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine
Partner institutions: Swiss School of Public Health (SSPH+)

BENEFRI Neuroscience

Link to the program
Subject group: Interdisciplinary
Involved institutions
University of Bern: Faculty of Medicine; Vetsuisse Faculty; Faculty of Science
Partner institutions: UniFr

Interuniversitäres Doctoral Program Gender Studies

Link to the program
Subject group: Interdisciplinary
Involved institutions
University of Bern: Interdisciplinary Centre for Gender Studies
Partner institutions: UniBas, UZH, Network Gender Studies Switzerland

Wolfsberg Meeting

Link to the program
Subject group: Medicine
Involved institutions
University of  Bern: Institute of Pathology (German)
Partner institutions: ETH; UZH; EPFL; UniL

Cutting Edge Microscopy

Link to the program
Subject group: Medicine, Natural sciences
Involved institutions
University of  Bern: Graduate School for Cellular and Biomedical Sciences (GCB), The Microscopy Imaging Center Commission of the University of Bern
Partner institutions: Adolphe Merkle Institute of the University of Fribourg

Swiss Doctoral Program Network in Accounting Research (DAR-CH)

Link to the program
Subject group: Economic sciences
Involdved institutions
University of Bern: Institut für Unternehmensrechnung und Controlling (German)
Partner institutions: UniBas; UniNe; UZH; Doctoral Program in Accounting, Reporting and Taxation (DART) der Universitäten Graz und Wien (AUT)

PhD-Program in Public Administration

Subject group: Law; economic sciences
Involved institutions
University of  Bern: Center of Competence for Public Management
Partner institutions: UniL; USI

PhD-Program Law, Ideas and Politics of Europe

Link to the program
Subject group: Law; humanities; social sciences
Involved institutions
University of  Bern: World Trade Institute; Institute of Philosophy
Partner institutions: UniFr

Graduate School of the Humanities

Link to the program
Subject group: Humanities and social sciences
Involved institutions
University of Bern: Graduate School of the Humanities (Faculty of Humanities)
Partner institutions: UniLu

Interdisziplinäre (problemorientierte) Sportwissenschaft – Internationales Doktoratsprogramm Bern –Tübingen

Link to the program (German)
Subject group: Institute of Sport Science
Involved institutions
University of Bern: Institute of Sport Science
Partner institutions: Universität Tübingen (Institute of Sports Science)

Colloquium of Doctoral Students in Educational Sciences

Subject group: Social sciences
Involved institutions
University of  Bern: Instutute of Educational Sciences (German)
Partner institutions: UZH; UniFr

PhD-Program in Theology

Link to the program
Subject group: Theology
Involved institutions
University of Bern: Faculty of Theology
Partner institutions: UniBas; UZH

PhD-Program Studies in Language and Society

Link to the program (German)
Subject group: Liguistics and literature studies; interdisciplinary
Involved institutions
University of  Bern: Center for the Study of Language and Society (Faculty of Humanities) (German)
Partner institutions: UniFr; UZH