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International Graduate School (IGS) North-South, Ph.D.

  • Anytime
    Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
University rank #101 (ARWU) Bern, Switzerland
Are you a PhD candidate and want to learn more about international sustainable development, global change, and innovation? Draw inspiration from our programme and connect with other PhD candidates – join the International Graduate School (IGS) North-South.
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Overview

The IGS North-South is a graduate school of the Universities of Bern, Basel, and Zurich in Switzerland. It is dedicated to establishing a leading international research network that analyses the impacts of global change, with a view to advancing sustainable development worldwide. It emphasizes an integrative, partnership-based research approach encompassing higher education at the PhD level, innovation, and application. The IGS North-South is currently training over 80 students from eight regions in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Europe.

The IGS North-South offers their students a Certificate of Specialization in Sustainable Development which supplements the degree they receive from their home institution and other Graduate Schools.The IGS North-South organizes and carries out international disciplinary, interdisciplinary, and transdisciplinary courses at doctoral level for PhD candidates who have already started their career.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date A student can apply at any time for this programme, there is no deadline. More details:

    Applications are processed on a rolling admissions basis. You can apply anytime during the year.

  • 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

    To receive the Certificate "of Specialization in Sustainable Development", PhD candidates must collect a minimum of 12 ECTS credits.

  • Languages
    • Partially taught in English
    • Partially taught in German
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

  • The International Graduate School (IGS) North-South offers courses within three different modules as shown in the overview of course types:

    • Disciplinary and Thematic Module (DTM)
    • Integrative Module (IM)
    • Communication and Publication Module (CPM)

    To receive the Certificate "of Specialization in Sustainable Development", PhD candidates must collect a minimum of 12 ECTS credits. Please check this site to learn more about coursework requirements.

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

To gain admission, the PhD applicant must be accepted by an eligible professor and enrolled at one of the participating universities in Switzerland or at an accredited external research institution partnering with the IGS North-South. PhD candidates can join the IGS North-South as

a. full members, collecting a minimum of 12 credit Points in courses offered by IGS North-South partner institutions.

b. associate members, who are not doing their doctoral studies at a partner institution of the IGS North-South and only participate in individual courses offered by the IGS North-South.

http://www.igs-north-south.ch/IGS%20Documents/Admission_Qualification_Certification-IGS.pdf

Tuition Fee

  • International

    Free
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    Free
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year 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.

There is no application fee or tuition. The IGS North-South membership is free of charge.

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.

Funding

Since the IGS North-South offers a supplementary certificate, the School does not provide funding for PhD research or salaries. To gain admission to the IGS North-South, the PhD applicant must be accepted by an eligible professor and enrolled at one of the participating universities in Switzerland or at an accredited external research institution partnering with the IGS North-South. Potential applicants have either already started their PhD projects or are just about to begin.

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