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Graduate School of the Humanities, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #123 (QS) ,
The doctoral programs of the Graduate School of the Humanities (GSH) 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 GSH comprises three doctoral programs.


The Graduate School of the Humanities (GSH) comprises three doctoral programs: Global Studies, Interdisciplinary Cultural Studies, and Studies in Language and Society. 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 We did our best, but couldn't find the next application deadline and start date information online.
  • 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

Students are expected to be able to communicate and follow courses in German without any difficulty.

The decidedly interdisciplinary core programme deals with key concepts of the humanities and social sciences, such as memory, performance, justice, narrative, space, etc. and primarily offers theory and method seminars as well as soft-skill courses such as academic writing, presentation skills, publication strategies.

The successful completion of the programme is rewarded with a Diploma Supplement complementing the PhD Diploma of the Faculty. There are no stipends available and candidates have to undergo a selection procedure. Application: spring term; start: autumn term each year

Accepted doctoral students are given a fully equipped working space, including a computer, internet access, printing and scanning facilities, administrative and technical support, as well as individual mentoring by our writing coach, etc.

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

There are three possibilities of being a member of the Graduate School of the Humanities:


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

Associated Membership

Temporary associated membership in the Graduate School at the Faculty of Humanities (GSH). Applications are possible each Semester.

Fellowships for Doctoral Students

Additionally starter fellowships can be applied for. They are meant to give promising doctoral students the time to.

Further Information on requirements for all 3 possibilities:

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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