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Geology / Earth Sciences, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #123 (QS) ,
The Institute of Geological Sciences in Bern has an excellent reputation in the fields of Isotope Geology, Environmental Geochemistry and Quarternary Geoscience. Our well equipped laboratories are able to perform a wide array of scientific analyses.


As the local economy requires highly trained experts in natural hazards, supply of raw materials / energy and waste management, the Institute of Geological Sciences offers a broad geological education with specialisations in these applied fields. 

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

For the PhD you will need 6 to 8 semesters of study essentially consisting in research work. At the end you have to submit a research thesis, containing a few publications.

The Institute of Geological Sciences has 7 research groups and two SNF Professorships:

  • Exogene Geology
  • Rock–Water Interaction
  • Isotope Geology
  • Mineralogy
  • Petrology
  • Quaternary Geology and Paleoclimatology
  • Tectonics
  • SNF Professorship: Paleoceanography
  • SNF Professorship: Glacial Geomorphology

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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