Study Programmes

The BA programmes convey historical and systematic knowledge of the varieties of the English language as well as English speaking literatures and cultures. They introduce theories, concepts and methods of English language and linguistics and literature, advance oral and written competences in English academic discourse and instruct students in their own independent academic work.

The English translation of Study Plan 2010 is merely for informational purposes for non-native German speakers. Full legal validity is assigned exclusively to the study regulations issued in German.

The MA programmes convey profound historical and systematic knowledge of the varieties of the English language as well as English speaking literatures and cultures. They promote expertise in theories, concepts and methodologies in the field of English language and linguistics and literatures, advance oral and written competences in English academic discourse, and instruct students in developing their own research questions and independent academic work.

The English translation of Study Plan 2010 is merely for informational purposes for non-native German speakers. Full legal validity is assigned exclusively to the study regulations issued in German.

Current doctoral students

Regulations

All doctoral studies at the Faculty of Humanities are regulated by the Promotionsreglement der Philosophisch-historischen Fakultät der Universität Bern.

Please check for amendments on the website for doctorates at the Faculty of Humanities.

Walter Benjamin Kolleg (WBKolleg) and Graduate School of the Humanities (GSH)

The Walter Benjamin Kolleg (WBKolleg) is an inter- and transdisciplinary research and teaching institution at the Faculty of Humanities of the University of Bern. It provides the infrastructure for the systematic promotion of and initiation of networking among young scholars. Furthermore, it supports cooperation between faculties and universities.

The Graduate School of the Humanities (GSH) is the interdisciplinary graduate school of the faculty at the Walter Benjamin Kolleg. The GSH joins together a total of 70 doctoral students from all disciplines of the Faculty of Humanities. Twice a year the GSH admits graduate students from disciplines in the humanities, cultural studies, and social sciences to one of its three inter- and transdisciplinarily oriented doctoral programmes. Once part of one of the programmes, a member can get his or her desired degree in six to eight terms (20 ECTS).

Funding information

Students in the department are eligible for a variety of funding opportunities.  Please visit the faculty page on funding.

Prospective doctoral students

If you are planning to apply to study for a PhD in our department, the first step is to send in a proposal of your project. This should be sent to the professor whose fields of interest most closely overlap with your own. You can check the research expertise of the department’s professors here. If your research topic is very different form any of their research interests, it is recommended that you look elsewhere for PhD supervision – it is highly unlikely that anyone here would be in a position to supervise you.

Your proposal should contain:

  • an abstract (500 words)
  • an outline describing the theoretical and methodological basis of the proposed thesis (a minimum of 2500 words)
  • bibliography (a minimum of 25)
  • a copy of your MA dissertation
  • a letter of recommendation from one of your professors
  • applicants from outside Switzerland who do not come from a country in which English is a primary language need to submit one of the following English Language Test Certificates - IELTS 7.0 or Internet TOEFL 100.

Once the professor has examined your proposal, she or he will be in a position to inform you whether it is appropriate to formally apply for admission to the university. You will have to wait until a formal application is processed before we can give you a firm decision as to whether you will be admitted to study for the PhD in our department.

Information about formal admission to the University of Bern can be found here:

Dean's OfficeAdmissions Office

General information about doctoral degrees at the University of Bern can be found here:

Doctoral Degree

Once a new PhD student has been admitted, an agreement called a Promotionsvereinbarung should be completed by the student and their supervisor and has to be submitted to the Dean's Office within 3 months.

Have you completed all your study requirements?

Then you can apply for your diploma. You can find more information on how to apply for your diploma in our "Applying for your diploma" section or on the Faculty's website for BA or MA students.