Faculty of Science

Study programs

PhD in Mathematics

The doctoral program in Mathematics offers candidates, through concrete research projects, the opportunity to deepen their mathematical knowledge and to develop the necessary skills for independent scientific work. The main outcome of this program is the final thesis, which should contain new scientific results in the chosen area of research.

To be admitted to the PhD program, a Master's or equivalent degree in Mathematics or Statistics with good or excellent grade is required.

Basic information
Degree: PhD of Science in Mathematics, Universität Bern
Number of credits: 0 ECTS credits
Degree programs: Doctorate: Mathamatics
Duration: 3 - 4 years
Language: English
Beginning of studies: Fall or spring semester

Doctoral students at the Mathematical Institute from the University of Bern can participate in the Swiss Doctoral Program in Mathematics, which is organized in collaboration with the mathematical departments of the universities of Basel, Fribourg, Neuchatel, Geneva and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne.

The doctoral program consists mainly of independent scientific work.

The candidates have the opportunity to present their findings at conferences and workshops.

They work as assistants, providing support for the lectures organized by the institute.

The standard time for the PhD program is 3-4 years.

Application and admission

To be admitted to the PhD program, a Master's or equivalent degree in Mathematics or Statistics with good or excellent grade is required.
There are different admission requirements for applicants with a Swiss degree and applicants with an international degree.

Funding

Potential funding of a PhD project is the responsibility of the corresponding supervisor. For detailed information, please get in touch with one of the institute's professors or with the director of graduate studies in Mathematics.

As soon as the requirements set by the study regulations are fulfilled, you can apply for a formal completion of your studies via the Deans office. The information about the completion process may be found here.

The doctoral program is a basic requirement for, and the first step of an academic career.

Outside the academia, our former doctoral students are working in the same areas as our master's graduates, mostly occupying higher managerial positions.