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Cognition, Learning and Memory, Doctorate

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #123 (QS) ,
More than a century of psychological, neurological, physiological, and biological research on human memory and learning has produced a tremendous amount of different methodological approaches, detailed insights into learning and memory, and various models of learning and information processing.


The “Swiss Graduate School for Cognition, Learning, and Memory” establishes and provides a semi-structured, research-oriented post-graduate curriculum for Ph.D. candidates, with the involvement of senior researchers and Ph.D. students working on issues related to human learning and memory.This will be done with the help of content-focused graduate courses, annual Summer Schools, and by providing an active research network and the necessary infrastructure for high-quality research of selected Ph.D. candidates.

Detailed Programme Facts

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  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
    • Duration description
      Graduate schools, doctoral programmes and doctoral studies last 3-5 years.
  • Credits
    14 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
    • German
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

PhD student members have to acquire 14 ECTS points of which a minimum of 7 ECTS points should be from our courses and one summer school. Other ECTS points can be acquired by following other courses (often methodological courses on measurement and data analysis or soft-skill courses such as presentation skills).

Overview of ECTS points that are awarded to courses:

  • GS-CLM courses: 2 ECTS per course
  • GS-CLM summer school: 3 ECTS per summer school
  • External courses: A maximum of 2 ECTS per external course.
  • Conference presentations: One ECTS per presentation. Note that students can receive maximum 2 ECTS credit points for conference presentations. The other ECTS points that are required for successful graduate school completion should be acquired through course completion. 

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

To apply as a full member, PhD students

  • complete an application form,
  • send in an Immatrikulationsbestätigung of the University of Bern,
  • hand in a copy of their Master Degree,
  • send an application letter including their motivation to become a SGS-CLM member,
  • and send their curriculum vitae and a confirmation from their PhD supervisor.

When research fits the scope of the graduate school, and the documentation is complete, the PhD student can become a member of the Graduate School. After becoming a member, the PhD student will receive a confirmation, which includes a listing of the thesis committee assigned to the PhD student member.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    184 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 184 EUR per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    184 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 184 EUR per year 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

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