Ph.D. On Campus

Chemistry and Molecular Sciences

University of Bern

36 months
370 EUR/year
370 EUR/year
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Are you interested in doing some independent research work and would like to start a doctorate at the University of Bern? Join the Chemistry and Molecular Sciences programme!


Opportunities within the Chemistry and Molecular Sciences programme at the University of Bern

Chemistry leads us to the building blocks of life and matter, from the nano-level of the atom and molecules to the macroscopic substances of which the universe around us is made of. It leads us from the most simple molecules, from which billions of years ago life developed to the modern nanotechnolgy.

The research project should lead to scientific publications in peer-reviewed journals. At the end of the PhD studies, the results will be collected in a written thesis and examined by international experts. The PhD degree is the highest academic degree and opens the broadest carreer opportunities in industry and acedemia for positions in Switzerland and abroad. Thanks to the big number of companies in the chemical field in Switzerland, chemists with a PhD degree are always in demand.

Programme Structure

  • A PhD thesis in Chemistry and Molecular Sciences generally takes 3-4 years. The thesis consists of a specialized research project within a group at the Departement für Chemie, Biochemie und Pharmazie (DCBP), and leads to a written thesis and several scientific publications in peer-reviewed journals, which will be key assets for your future career. Make sure to select a research topic you like as your work will become an important part of your life.
  • As a PhD student, you benefit from the high quality offered in seminars at the DCBP and the neighbouring institutes. After one year you also participate in the "1st year graduate student symposium" and compete for the graduate student award.  

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

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On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

For admission at doctoral level, you must

  • hold a master's degree or a licentiate from a Swiss university or Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, or an equivalent university degree and
  • 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).

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    370 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 185 EUR per semester during 36 months.
  • National

    370 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 185 EUR per semester during 36 months.

CHF 200

Living costs for Bern

1655 - 2130 CHF /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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