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Graduate School for Cellular and Biomedical Sciences, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #101 (ARWU) Bern, Switzerland
The Graduate School for Cellular and Biomedical Sciences (GCB) of the University of Bern, jointly administered by the Faculties of Medicine, Science and Vetsuisse, offers structured, experimental research training programmes leading to a PhD, MD, PhD or DVM, PhD degree.
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The PhD program aims to provide comprehensive, internationally competitive training in the theory and practice of experimental research as well as in-depth specialist knowledge of the individually selected research area. It directs the students towards independent scientific work and enables them to assume scientific responsibility.

Research training is available in the areas of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Biomedical Engineering, Biomedical Sciences, Cell Biology, Immunology, and Neuroscience.

Applicants should possess a Master's degree, or equivalent, in Life Sciences or related areas, Biomedical Engineering, Medicine, Dentistry, or Veterinary Medicine.

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

The research project is carried out in a laboratory affiliated to one of the participating Faculties or at a research institution recognized by the GCB.

In addition to the research work, the training program requires a minimal number of 6.0 ECTS credit points which can be obtained by participating in approved, project related courses, workshops, seminars and lectures.

Course Work

The PhD program of the GCB grants each candidate a completely tailor-made training, in order to match specific needs and individual interests in relation to the planned research project.

The selection of courses is decided upon at a meeting between the candidate, the supervisor and the GCB representative (mentor), after admission to the GCB, and is recorded in the Doctoral Agreement, which must then be submitted to the GCB.

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

The application procedure comprises two separate steps, and for Vetsuisse Zurich candidates three separate steps:

  • Registration at the University of Bern (before application to the GCB)
  • Application to the GCB

Applications to the GCB must be submitted to the coordinator no later than four months after the start of the research project.

Individual academic requirements & language requirements


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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