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.
- 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.
We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.
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).
International370 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 185 EUR per semester during 36 months.
National370 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 185 EUR per semester during 36 months.
Living costs for Bern
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Apply and win up to €10000 to cover your tuition fees.
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