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Graduate School of Climate Sciences, Ph.D.

  • Anytime
    Application Deadline
  • 36 months
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The Ph.D. programme consists mainly of the Ph.D. thesis involving 3 to 4 years (full time) of research work in a project within one of the research units of the faculty affiliated with the Graduate School of Climate Sciences

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date A student can apply at any time for this programme, there is no deadline. More details: A PhD can be started any time and takes 3 to 4 years full time work.
  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
    • Duration description
      Graduate schools, doctoral programmes and doctoral studies last 3-5 years.
  • Credits
    12 ECTS
  • Languages
    • Partially taught in English
    • Partially taught in German
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

The PhD program is not a structured training program, but students are obliged to prepare a doctoral agreement and complete 12 ECTS coursework during their PhD.

The PhD thesis is usually written in the form of research articles in international peer reviewed journals.


Compulsory courses (9 ECTS):

  • International Swiss Climate Summer School (3 ECTS)
  • Colloquia, seminars and/or Oeschger Seminar Series (6 semesters, 3 ECTS)
  • Participation in an international conference, with talk or poster (2 ECTS)
  • OCCR Climate Young Researchers Meeting (1 ECTS)

Elective courses (3 ECTS):

  • Course(s) of your choice from the MSc programme (U Bern and ETH Zurich)
  • Any other course(s) upon approval by the studies director

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

A Master of Science or an equivalent degree is mandatory for the admission to the PhD program. Moreover, the topic of the PhD project must be related to climate sciences. The PhD candidates appoint a supervising committee consisting of a principal supervisor and (a) co-supervisor(s) out of the supervising faculty of the Graduate School of Climate Sciences.

Admission equivalence is based on a Master of Science degree at a University, with master studies of 90 ECTS equivalent to 3 semesters of full-time studies, a minimum of 30 ECTS lectures and a master thesis of at least 24 ECTS.

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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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