Welcome to the Department of English! Below you will find information that will help you plan your studies in the department. If you need more help, contact your study counsellor. For incoming students we have prepared a HELP Booklet which will explain everything you need to know about studying with us. For crucial information on departmental writing standards, style sheets, and plagiarism, see the Writing Academic Papers page. At the Department of English, we place value on respectful communication. The Conduct and Correspondence Guidelines.pdf (PDF, 139KB) explain your instructors' expectations in terms of communication, with an emphasis on email etiquette. Sign up for the BA and MA Mailing Lists to get the latest information about KSL registration, guest lectures and other news from the department: BA Mailing List MA Mailing List For further information on 'Nachteilsausgleich' (disability accommodations) click here.
- sign up for the BA or MA mailing list
- consult the course booklet and timetable to plan your semester
- study the appendix to the study plan closely
- attend the Orientation Day - if you can't attend, please contact your study counsellor for the relevant information
- read through the HELP booklet
- familiarise yourself with ILIAS and KSL
- follow the students' committee on any of their channels
- check the FAQ
- contact your study counsellor if you have any unresolved questions concerning your studies
Please click here for further information for disabled students (future and current).
Please click here and then follow STUDIES > Advisory Services to find more information about services offered.
If you are a international students interested in studying at our department, please see here for more information.
You can also find some practical information with the International Office here.
For specific information regarding the degree required, please see the official admissions handbook.
Please also be aware that there you will need to prove your English skills before you can be admitted to our department. If you are applying with an international degree, you must provide evidence of having achieved the minimum grade in one of the following language tests (the choice is yours) provided this is not more than six months old at the time of application. Any test with a date older than this will not be accepted.
An exemption from the English test is possible if you have completed your studies in the subject English within a language community, in which English is the main spoken language.
For more information see here.
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:
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.
A guide for prospective PhD candidates at our Department can be found here:
I) Guide for prospective PhD candidates
Information about formal admission to the University of Bern can be found here:
Dean's Office, Admissions Office
General information about doctoral degrees at the University of Bern can be found here:
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.
Please find a guide for doctoral students at our Department here: II) Guide for accepted PhD candidates.
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.
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).
Students in the department are eligible for a variety of funding opportunities. Please visit the departmental funding page, or find more information on the faculty page.
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 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.
Planning and structuring your studies can raise many questions. To find out which courses you need to take, which courses to take graded or ungraded as well as how to structure your studies and plan your studies, please consult the HELP Booklet. Have a special look at the final pages. To find out which courses are offered this semester, please consult the course booklet. Further, please consult the section on Course Types and Modules and its sub-sections as well as the page Helpful Information featuring our FAQ section.
If you cannot find any satisfying information you are of course very welcome to contact a counsellor. In an email, please include your name, your matriculation number and clearly explain your issue.