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Islamic Studies and Modern Oriental Philology, Doctorate

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University rank #114 (QS) Bern, Switzerland
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Key Features

As a university with eight faculties offering a full range of courses and an institution with a real emphasis on research, the University of Bern offers early career researchers attractive structures for a promising doctorate.

You can either take the doctorate within a graduate school or as part of an Islamic Studies and Modern Oriental Philology doctoral degree program, or you can even take a traditional individual doctorate. Graduate schools and doctoral degree programs are arranged on an interdisciplinary and/or interuniversity basis in many cases. In addition to research-related training and intensive support, these also offer excellent opportunities for networking within the academic community.

Research at the IINOP

Research at the institute is determined by the disciplines of Islamic Studies, Modern Oriental Philology and Middle Eastern Studies. It takes place at the level of dissertation and habilitation projects and other research projects that are not directly linked to an academic qualification. Projects funded by third-party funds (especially the SNSF) are an important pillar.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
  • Languages
    • English
    • German
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

While research work in the context of licentiate and master's degrees relates to the full range of disciplines, the following focal points of the institute that determine the research profile are accentuated within these three subject areas:

  • State, society, religion, culture and literature in the present;
  • History, religion, literature and culture in modern times;
  • Cultural history of the early modern period;
  • Theology, philosophy and ethics in the Islamic Middle Ages.

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

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).

Tuition Fee

  • International

    188 EUR/semester
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 188 EUR per semester and a duration of .
  • EU/EEA

    188 EUR/semester
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 188 EUR per semester and a duration of .
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CHF 200

Living costs for Bern

  • 1655 - 2130 CHF/month
    Living Costs

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