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Physics, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months


Teaching is organized by a combination of the four physics related institutes (IAP, ITP, PI, and AIUB) and supervised the physics tutor.  The Physics Institute contributes to the teaching in several ways. It is mostly responsible for the teaching of the introductory physics classes (including practical) in the first year. This includes not merely physics for physics major and minor degrees but also compulsory physics lectures for biologists, veterinary studies, medical sciences and others.

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
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Research is delegated to the divisions of the Physics Institute:

Climate and Environmental Physics division (KUP)

It is primarily involved in the investigation of climate change over the past 800,000 years and in making predictions for future behaviour of the Earth’s climate.

Laboratory for High Energy Physics (LHEP)

It is involved large experiments to determine fundamental properties of matter. The division participates extensively in the Large Hadron Collider experiments and is involved in studies of neutrinos and the hunt for Dark Matter.

The Space Research and Planetology division (WP)

It is involved in the experimental and theoretical investigation of our Solar System and extra-solar planets. The division participates in NASA, ESA, and Roscosmos spacecraft missions through the provision of instruments for both remote-sensing and in situ mass spectrometry.

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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