In the joint program various courses and seminars are offered, awarding ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) points, which are required in the PhD regulations at each Faculty. The offerings aim at deepening specialized, interdisciplinary, methodological and technical competence.
While degrees continue to be conferred by the individual Faculties, the Faculties strive for unity in graduation requirements. A committee formed from members of the three participating universities gives informal direction to and coordinates the doctoral program. The Faculties are responsible for policy implementation and for oversight of individual doctoral candidates at the respective institutes.
The doctoral program of theology includes the following elements:
This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.
Admission to study for a doctorate requires a person to have a university master's degree in either Old Catholic or Protestant theology or in Jewish studies or religious studies. It may also be possible to study for a doctorate if you have completed other kinds of university degree; the Doctoral Committee decides on a case-by-case basis what constitutes equivalence with regard to comparable forms of previous education and also makes a decision regarding any admission requirements which can be completed during a program of study. The precise admission requirements which must be completed prior to a program of study are set out in the regulations on doctorates.
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.
The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
The Doc.CH (HSS) instrument for the promotion of excellence from the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) is targeted at highly promising researchers who would like to write a dissertation on a topic of their own choosing within the humanities and social sciences in Switzerland.
The Reformed Church of Bern-Jura-Solothurn is keen for as many students as possible to be able to study theology, regardless of their financial situation. At the forefront of this initiative is the promotion of education as a kind of "second chance".
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