Degree Programs & Courses Doctorate

Admission Requirements

For admission at doctoral level, you must

  1. hold a master's degree or a licentiate from a Swiss university or Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, or an equivalent university degree and
  2. you must also fulfill any other requirements set out by the relevant faculty or graduate school (e.g. specific average grades or a specific result in your master's degree, licentiate, diploma or state exams).

Further training qualifications (Master of Advanced Studies, Executive Master) and degrees from a university of applied sciences or a university of teacher education are not accepted for admission to doctoral studies.

Applying for doctoral studies

  1. Consult the specific requirements for your desired doctorate.
  2. Search for a supervisor at the University of Bern for your desired doctorate. If necessary, seek support from the administrators in the institute/department.
  3. Apply for the doctorate online through the Admissions Office. Please note the application deadlines.
  4. Fill in the confirmation of supervision that applies to your doctorate.

You can find information on the next application steps, including a list of documents to be submitted, on the relevant confirmation of supervision.

Confirmation of supervision

with information on the further procedure and a list of documents that have to be submitted in hard copies