Graduation (of the course of study)

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

Please note that you have to initiate the completion of your studies yourself.

Please note

A renewal of your student registration for the next semester is not necessary if the following condition applies:
The definitive Master`s 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's thesis

Approval for the evaluation of the Master`s thesis by the faculty (in accordance with RSL Phil.-nat., Art. 53, Section 1)

  1. Submit your Master`s thesis to your thesis supervisor for correction.
  2. Subsequently, the following documents must be submitted to the Dean's Office:
    - Evaluation (original or digital form)
    - Master's thesis in digital form by e-mail to:
      andrea.perez@natdek.unibe.ch
      (please consult the Guidelines for the design of the master thesis (PDF, 45KB)).
  3. The secretariat of the directorate of studies of your subject will enter the grade for your Master's thesis into the Core Teaching System (CTS).
    • Important: Please decide with your thesis supervisor 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's thesis via the CTS after approx. ten days (referendum deadline).

To apply for Graduation in CTS

  1. Make sure that all information for your entire course of study (including your Master's thesis) has been entered correctly into the CTS.
  2. If everything is there and entered correctly:
  • In CTS, in the second row press "Request graduation" as follows:
    (Please do NOT press "Request completion" in the top row! This wont work and you will get an error message)
  • Due to your application, the directorate of studies for your subject will be alerted. The directorate will check your academic attainments and if everything is ok, will change the status of your study program in the CTS to "Requirements fulfilled" and reports this status change to the Dean's Office. (from now on, no further changes can be made in the CTS)

Dean's Office

As soon as the Dean's Office receives the information that your subject requirements are fulfilled (from the directorate of studies), the Dean's Office will change your degree status in the CTS to "completed." A diploma supplement and the degree certificate will be issued, and you will receive an invitation via e-mail from the secretariat of the Dean's Office of the Faculty of Science 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 24, 2021, at the Casino Bern (Casinoplatz 1, 3011 Bern). The ceremony, which will be followed by an Apéro, will begin at 5 p.m. and ends at around 7.30 p.m. The attendance is free of charge for you and your family.

All students who complete a Master's degree in 2020 (including all students whose degree completion confirmation is entered into the CTS by January 31, 2021, at the latest*) may participate in the graduation ceremony. All new graduates will receive an invitation by e-mail at the end of December. The definitive registration for the ceremony via an online form will be made available. You can participate in the graduation ceremony even if you have already picked up your degree certificate.
*A degree completion entry into the CTS by January 31, 2021, requires that your Master`s thesis and its evaluation will be submitted to the Dean's Office by January 17, 2021, at the latest.

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FAQ for graduation at master's level

Please note

A renewal of your student`s registration for the next semester is not necessary if the following condition applies:
The PhD defence must take place in any given year at the latest by January 31st (fall semester) or July 31st (spring semester). Please note: Doctoral candidates must remain registered at the university including the semester in which the doctoral examination takes place.

Procedure

Please consult the  Guidelines for the design of the dissertation (DOCX, 28KB).

Application for PhD graduation

  1. Set a date, time and location for your doctoral examination with your supervisor (including the reservation of a lecture hall). Fill out the "Registration for the PhD - Defence" with your supervisor and the responsible directorate of studies.
  2. Register for your doctoral examination at 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:

Submission of the dissertation

The definitive and (if needed) corrected dissertation (4 copies), along with the supervisor's evaluation and the evaluation of the external co-referee, 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 can 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 doctoral examination, the graduation record and the degree certificate will be issued. You will receive an invitation via e-mail from the secretariat of the Dean's Office of the Faculty of Science to pick up your documents.

Please consider 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 24, 2021, at the Casino Bern (Casinoplatz 1, 3011 Bern). The ceremony, which will be followed by an Apéro, will begin at 5 p.m. and ends at around 7.30 p.m. The attendance is free of charge for you and your family.

All PhD students who completed their doctoral studies in 2020 (including all students whose defence takes place until January 31, 2021, at the latest) may participate in the graduation ceremony. All new graduates will receive an invitation by mail at the end of December. The definitive registration for the ceremony via an online form will be made available. You can participate in the graduation ceremony even if you have already picked up your degree certificate.

Important note for supervisor:

Registration and submission deadlines for PhD degrees

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

* Please consider 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 a month after the examination date.

FAQ for Completion of a PhD

FORMS FOR COMPLETING A COURSE OF STUDY

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