Doctorate On Campus

Islamic Studies and Oriental Literature

University of Bern

370 EUR/year
370 EUR/year
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Are you interested in doing some independent research work and would like to start a doctorate at the University of Bern? Join the Islamic Studies and Oriental Literature programme!


Opportunities within the Islamic Studies and Oriental Literature programme at the University of Bern

Research at the Institute is governed by the disciplines of Islamic Studies, Modern Oriental Philology and Middle Eastern Studies. It is carried out at the dissertation and habilitation project levels and in other research projects that have no direct link to an academic qualification. An important support is third-party funded (mainly by the SNSF) projects.

This research, which also includes non-Islamic traditions, refers to the totality of Islamic ecumenism and is shaped by historical, cultural and social sciences, anthropology, ideological history and literary science. Their common denominator is the empirical reference to the Arabic, Persian or Turkish languages of the ancient Islamic world. Research into the modern and contemporary often takes into account other languages in which Islam is expressed (especially English, French and Russian).

Programme Structure

While research within the framework of licentiate and master's degrees refers to the entire scope of the disciplines, within these three subject areas the following main research topics of the Institute are emphasised:

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

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On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

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

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  • International

    370 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 185 EUR per semester
  • National

    370 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 185 EUR per semester

CHF 200

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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