Ph.D. On Campus

Global Studies

University of Bern

370 EUR/year
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The Global Studies Doctoral Program of the University of Bern’s Graduate School of the Arts and Humanities (GSAH) der represents a unique opportunity within Europe to obtain a doctoral degree in a well-structured academic context that promotes common discussion about global processes from the perspective of the humanities. 


Global Studies is a relatively new interdisciplinary field with rapidly increasing visibility, which critically examines global phenomena shaping past or contemporary life all over the world. It is particularly concerned with ways in which transnational interactions and exchange, circulations, migratory movements and flows of human beings, information and goods, continually challenge geographical, political, and/or linguistic borders. Thus, it is concerned with processes and structures exemplifying both global and local complexities which it tries to address by, for example, studying the exchange and interdependencies between different cultural, political, linguistic, ethnic, and religious groups, communities, (non) governmental institutions, and the media, as well as real or imaginary areas.

As an interdisciplinary approach is key to understanding the implications of global processes- both past and present- we invite international doctoral students from a wide range of disciplines and academic backgrounds to apply for membership in the Global Studies Doctoral Program. The program offers an interdisciplinary platform for exchange and dialogue with other doctoral students, members of our faculty, as well as international experts and researchers. Most importantly, the Global Studies Doctoral Program of the University of Bern encourages and assists you in building up a personalized academic network which allows you to discuss questions related to your specific doctoral research project in light of current concepts and theories of global studies.

Networking possibilities go beyond the framework of the Global Studies Doctoral Program, as any Ph.D. candidate enrolled in the program simultaneously becomes a member of the GSAH at the Walter Benjamin Kolleg of the University of Bern. Regular joint events of the GSAH offer the opportunity to meet and exchange with peers from the Graduate School’s other doctoral programs (Interdisciplinary Cultural Studies, Studies of Language and Society and Studies in the Arts).

The Global Studies Doctoral Program – a program for doctoral students…

  • that are working on cultural global processes.
  • that are looking for an interdisciplinary environment to share and discuss their doctoral research projects.
  • that want to further develop and strengthen their skills in networking, research organization, and presentation with regards to their individual doctoral research projects.
  • that are in need of some (limited) financial support for their research activities

Programme Structure

  • The doctoral programs of the Graduate School of the Arts and Humanities (GSAH) make possible an outstanding inter- and transdisciplinary academic education, offering qualification for conducting research-related work both in academic and non-academic fields. 
  • At the center stands the writing of a qualitatively excellent doctoral thesis.  

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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

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