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Mathematics, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #101 (ARWU) Bern, Switzerland
The doctoral program in Mathematics offers candidates, through concrete research projects, the opportunity to deepen their mathematical knowledge and to develop the necessary skills for independent scientific work. The main outcome of this program is the final thesis, which should contain new scientific results in the chosen area of research.
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Doctoral students at the Mathematical Institute from the University of Bern can participate in the Swiss Doctoral Program in Mathematics, which is organized in collaboration with the mathematical departments of the universities of Basel, Fribourg, Neuchatel, Geneva and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date

    Application deadline: October 15 (for spring Semester), March 31 (for fall Semester)

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
    • Duration description

      3 - 4 years

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

The doctoral program consists mainly of independent scientific work.

The candidates have the opportunity to present their findings at conferences and workshops.

They work as assistants, providing support for the lectures organized by the institute.

The standard time for the PhD program is 3-4 years.

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

To be admitted to the PhD program, a Master's or equivalent degree in Mathematics or Statistics with good or excellent grade is required.

Application and admission

General information on admission at doctoral level:

For questions regarding application and admission, please contact the Admissions Office (ZIB).

Tuition Fee

  • International

    368 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 184 EUR per semester and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    368 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 184 EUR per semester and a duration of 36 months.
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The fee for doctoral students is 200 CHF per semester. Additionally, a registration fee of 100 CHF is charged for the first or re-admission.

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.


Potential funding of a PhD project is the responsibility of the corresponding supervisor. For detailed information, please get in touch with one of the institute's professors or with the director of graduate studies in Mathematics.

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