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Graduate School of the Arts and Humanities (GSAH), Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
University rank #101 (ARWU) Bern, Switzerland
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. The GSAH comprises four doctoral programs.
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Overview

The Graduate School of the Arts and Humanities (GSAH) comprises four doctoral programs: Global Studies, Interdisciplinary Cultural Studies, Studies in Language and Society and Studies in the Arts. All of these encourage a critical examination of issues, themes, concepts, theories and methods which transcend individual disciplines and as such serve to fully integrate the process of writing a doctoral thesis at the Faculty of Humanities into a highly innovative academic context. The aim is to provide an outstanding inter- and transdisciplinary education which centers on the writing of a qualitatively excellent doctoral thesis which qualifies graduates to conduct research-related work both in academic and non-academic environments.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date

    Application deadline: July 31, 2019 for the following fall term (December 31, 2019 for the following spring term).

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
    • Duration description

      Graduate schools, doctoral programmes and doctoral studies last 3-5 years.

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

Programme Structure

  • Global Studies: Interdisciplinary research on current and historical processes shaped by interrelations and divergences which characterize fields of human existence across great geographical distances and different cultural contexts.
  • Interdisciplinary Cultural Studies: Focus on key concepts, theories and methods which are used across different disciplines of the Humanities and Social Sciences.
  • Studies in Language and Society: Focus on a broad interdisciplinary spectrum of methodological and theoretical approaches adopted from sociolinguistics, discourse analysis and other academic fields relevant for the combined examination of language and society.
  • Studies in the Arts: A collaborative initiative between the Faculty of Humanities of the University of Bern and Bern University of Applied Sciences, Department of the Arts. Interdisciplinary doctoral program aimed at both research-based artists and academics with an interest in artistic practice. 

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

There are two possibilities of being a member of the Graduate School of the Arts and Humanities:

Membership

Regular membership and participation in one of the four doctoral programs Global Studies, Interdisciplinary Cultural Studies, Studies in Language and Society and Studies in the Arts.

Associated Membership

Temporary associated membership in the Graduate School at the Faculty of the Arts and Humanities. Applications are possible each semester.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    400 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 200 USD per semester and a duration of 36 months.
  • National

    400 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 200 USD 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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