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Science of Religion, Doctorate

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #123 (QS) ,
Research at the Institute takes place within the framework of cultural and historical approaches and comprises various areas of study such as “Bioethics and Religion”, “Religion and Globalisation” or “Religious Conversion”. The projects are characterised by a wide thematic and geographic range, and they are embedded within a series of themed events.


The Science of Religion emphasises method and theory and investigates mainly Buddhism (especially the Tibetan and Mongolian forms), and the religions of South Asia. Beyond investigating Buddhist traditions and Hindu religions, the close collaboration with the Faculty of Humanities allows for interdisciplinary explorations of other religious traditions, such as Judaism (in collaboration with the Institute of Jewish Studies), Christianity (in collaboration with the Faculty of Theology) or Islam (in collaboration with the Institute of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies).

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
      Graduate schools, doctoral programmes and doctoral studies last 3-5 years.
  • Languages
    • English
    • German
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Current Research Projects

  • 'Apocaphilia' Now?  
  • Die Sprachen der Transzendenzerfahrungen
  • Buddhism – Joyceism 
  • Unwahrscheinliche Vergemeinschaftung?
  • Der Nachlass eines Schweizer Vaishnava
  • Buddhism in Tsum

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

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.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
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.


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