Graduation (of the course of study)

Below you will find a description of the process for completing your course of study (degree). The information provided relates to certain formalities required by the Dean's Office of the Faculty of Science. Completion requirements specific to a degree program can be found in the fact sheets for that degree program.

Please note

A renewal of your student registration in the next semester is not necessary if the following condition apply:
The definitive master thesis and evaluation were submitted before week 8 or 38 to the secretariat of the Dean's Office of the Faculty of Science.

Procedure

Approval of your Master thesis

Approval for the evaluation of the master thesis by the faculty (in accordance with RSL05, Art. 49, Section 3)

  1. You submit your master thesis to your thesis advisor for correction.
  2. Following this, the evaluation (original) along with the definitive polished version of the master thesis (1 copy, which will be returned to you with your degree) must be submitted to the Dean's Office (please consult the Guidelines for the design of the Master Thesis).  You must also simultaneously submit the following:
  3. Ask the secretariat at the directorate of studies for your subject to enter the grade for your master thesis into the Core Teaching System (CTS).
    • Important: Please be sure to decide with your thesis advisor who will submit the above-mentioned documents to the secretariat of the Dean's Office of the Faculty of Science.

  4. Generally, you will receive the definitive grade for your master thesis after approx. ten days (referendum deadline) via the CTS.
    Please be sure to take into account  the hours of operation of the secretariat  if you plan to submit documents personally. All documents may also be sent by regular mail.

To apply for Graduation in CTS

  1. Make sure that all information on your entire course of study (including your master thesis) has been entered correctly into the CTS.
  2. If everything is there and entered correctly:
  • In CTS, press "Request graduation" (from this point on, no further changes can be made in the CTS):
  • The directorate of studies for your subject will check your academic attainments and if everything is ok, it will change the status of your study program in the CTS to "Requirements fulfilled" and reports this change of status to the Dean's Office.

Dean's Office

As soon as the Dean's Office receives the information from the directorate of studies that your subject requirements are fulfilled, the Dean's Office will change your degree status in the CTS to "completed." A diploma supplement and the degree certificate will then be issued, and you will also receive an e-mail from the secretariat of the Dean's Office of the Faculty of Science inviting you to pick up your documents. Please bring along the following documents:

Bank account information for paying the examination fee

Payment for:
Berner Kantonalbank
3001 Bern

On the account of:
BEKB Bern
CH87 0079 0016 7091 7104 6 (Konto 30-106-9)
Universität Bern
Dekanat der Phil.-nat. Fakultät
Sidlerstrasse 5
CH-3012 Bern

Graduation ceremony for Master's degree students

The next graduation ceremony for the Faculty of Science will take place on February 21, 2018, at the National Bern (Hirschengraben 24, 3011 Bern). The ceremony, which will be followed by a party with drinks and snacks, will begin at 5 p.m. and end at around 7:30 p.m. The ceremony and party are free for you and your family.

All students who complete a Master's degree in 2017 (including all students whose degree completion confirmation is entered into the CTS by February 10, 2018, at the latest*) may take part in the graduation ceremony. All new graduates will receive an invitation by mail at the end of December. The definitive registration for the ceremony will be carried out via an online form that will be made available in December. You may participate in the graduation ceremony even if you have already picked up your degree certificate.

*A degree completion entry into the CTS by February 10, 2018, at the latest requires that your master thesis and its evaluation be submitted to the Dean's Office by January 26, 2017, at the latest.

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Please note

A renewal of your student registration in the next semester is not necessary if the following condition apply:
The PhD comprehensive examination must take place at the latest by Jan. 31 (fall semester) or July 31 (spring semester) in any given year. Please note: Doctoral candidates must remain registered at the university until at least the semester in which the comprehensive examination is to take place.

Procedure

Please consult the  Guidelines for the design of the Dissertation.

Application for graduate a PhD

  1. Set a date, time and location for your doctoral comprehensive examination with your advisor (including the reservation of a lecture hall). Fill out the "Application Form of for Completing a PhD" with your advisor and the responsible directorate of studies.
  2. Register for your comprehensive examination with the secretariat of the Dean's Office of the Faculty of Science (check the registration dates as shown in the table below) and bring the following documents with you:
  • Application Form for Completing a PhD
  • Explanation/description of the doctoral dissertation in accordance with RSL 05 Art. 28, Section 2
  • A copy of your Master's degree
  • A receipt showing payment of CHF 300 for the PhD fee. Payment should be made into the account held by the Faculty of Science (see the bank information below)
  • If you have it: The original admission approval / equivalency certificate from the Dean's Office of the Faculty of Science

Submission of the dissertation

After it's been corrected, the definitive and polished dissertation (4 copies), along with the advisor's evaluation and the evaluation of the co-advisor, must be submitted to the secretariat of the Dean's Office of the Faculty of Science (check the submission dates as shown in the table below).

The dissertation will be published on the server of the University Library

Detailed instructions can be found here.

Issuing of the degree documents

After the successful completion of the PhD comprehensive examination, the graduation record and the degree certificate will be issued. You will then receive an e-mail from the secretariat of the Dean's Office of the Faculty of Science inviting you to pick up your documents.

Please be sure to take into account the secretariat's hours of operation.

Bank account information for paying the examination fee

Payment for:
Berner Kantonalbank
3001 Bern

On the account of:
BEKB Bern
CH87 0079 0016 7091 7104 6 (Konto 30-106-9)
Universität Bern
Dekanat der Phil.-nat. Fakultät
Sidlerstrasse 5
CH-3012 Bern

Graduation ceremony for PhD students

The next graduation ceremony for the Faculty of Science will take place on February 21, 2018, at the National Bern (Hirschengraben 24, 3011 Bern). The ceremony, which will be followed by a party with drinks and snacks, will begin at 5 p.m. and end at around 7:30 p.m. The ceremony and party are free for you and your family.

All PhD students who complete their doctoral studies in 2017 (including all students whose degree completion confirmation is entered into the CTS by February 10, 2018, at the latest) may take part in the graduation ceremony. All new graduates will receive an invitation by mail at the end of December. The definitive registration for the ceremony will be carried out via an online form that will be made available in December. You may participate in the graduation ceremony even if you have already picked up your degree certificate.

Important note for advisors:

Registration and submission deadlines for PhD degrees

New: PhD examinations can now be conducted during semester breaks.

* Please be sure to take into account the secretariat's hours of operation.

Lecture-free period: Examination weeks 52-7 and 23-37

Issuing of degree documents during the lecture-free period: Within one month after the examination date.

FORMS FOR COMPLETING A COURSE OF STUDY

All the forms you will need to complete your course of study can be found at the following link: