Degree Programs & Courses Doctorate

Doctoral Degree

Research at the University of Bern


Basic information on doctoral degrees

Are you interested in doing some independent research work and would like to start a doctorate at the University of Bern?

As a university with eight faculties offering a full range of courses and an institution with a real emphasis on research, the University of Bern offers early career researchers attractive structures for a promising doctorate.

You can either take the doctorate within a graduate school or as part of a doctoral degree program, or you can even take a traditional individual doctorate. Graduate schools and doctoral degree programs are arranged on an interdisciplinary and/or interuniversity basis in many cases. In addition to research-related training and intensive support, these also offer excellent opportunities for networking within the academic community.

Information & overview on doctoral programs for download (PDF, 172KB)

Transferable Skills Program


Transferable Skills Program for PhD candidates and Postdocs at the University of Bern

As well as earning an academic qualification, i.e. the thesis, the goal of a PhD education at the University of Bern is to acquire transferable skills so as to prepare PhD candidates for a demanding position within or outside academia. The Transferable Skills Program is a project of the Vice-Rectorate Development within the scope of the “promotion of the academics of the future” of the university's “Strategy 2021”.

COMET – Coaching, Mentoring and Training


Career Programme for Female Postdocs at the University of Bern

COMET supports female postdocs in the individual planning of their scientific careers.

To find out more about programme details, dates, conditions of participation and application processes please visit

Summer School of the Swiss Graduate School for Cognition, Learning and Memory (SGS-CLM)


Perspectives on Human Memory: Memory Functioning and Memory Failures

June 11 - June 14 2018, Weggis, Switzerland. National and international PhD students are welcome to register.

Promotion Fund

Promotion Fund

In cooperation with the Intermediate Staff Association of the University of Bern (Mittelbauvereinigung), the Vice-Rectorate Research calls for proposals to the Fund for the Promotion of Young Researchers twice a year. The next submission deadline is Monday, 16. April 2018.