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Are you planning to write a dissertation or already working on your doctorate? Then you will find helpful information about it here. Please also check out our workshop on doctoral studies, which usually takes place every semester.

Currently, it is only possible to do a doctorate at universities. The prerequisite for this is usually a recognised university Master's degree with good grades. Doctoral programmes are not offered at universities of applied sciences, which is why some cooperate with domestic and foreign universities.

However, if you have sufficient academic qualifications, access is also possible with a Master's degree from another type of university. More information can be found on the swissuniversities website:

University of Bern

In the study guide of the University of Bern you will find information on the following topics concerning the doctorate:

  • Help with decision-making
  • Basic concept and supervision
  • Funding options
  • Writing block
  • Key Competences / Career Entry
  • Literature and useful links

On the website of the University of Bern you will find further information and guides on the topic, e.g. on the first steps of the doctorate or its forms and goals:

What is important during the doctorate and afterwards can be found on the website of the University of Bern:

Bern University of Applied Sciences (BFH)

The artistic/creative/scientific doctoral programme "Studies in the Arts" (SINTA) corresponds to a unique cooperation in Switzerland between the philosophical-historical faculty of the University of Bern and the Bern University of Applied Sciences, Department of Bern University of the Arts HKB:

Further collaborative programs between universities of applied sciences and universities in Switzerland can be found on the swissuniversities webpage:

There are also collaborations with partner universities abroad and employment opportunities as a doctoral student in one of the BFH's research areas:

Bern University of Teacher Education (PHBern)

Our counselling and workshop services

  • Career and professional counselling

  • Workshops (in German) 

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