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Statistics, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #101 (ARWU) Bern, Switzerland
The purpose of the PhD programme is to deepen one's knowledge in probability theory, statistics, financial or actuarial mathematics, and to pursue independent research in these fields.
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The aim of the programme is to undertake research in probability, statistics, finance or actuarial science. It is expected that the reseach outcome is published in peer-reviewed journals and presented at international conferences. .

The doctorate students are not required to attend any courses for the purpose of getting the PhD degree. Still, they may attend all courses offered by IMSV and those from theProgramme doctoral en Statistique et Probabilités Appliquées. Furthermore, PhD students are required to attend seminars organized by IMSV and also present their results there.

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

Doctoral students may attend all courses offered by IMSV and those from the Programme "doctoral en Statistique et Probabilités Appliquées": (in French)

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

Specific Requirements

To be admitted to the PhD program, one needs a master's or equivalent degree in Mathematics or Statistics with good or excellent grade.

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.
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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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