Counselling Centre Universities of Bern

Doctoral studies

After completing their Master's degree, quite a few students find themselves faced with the question of whether or not it would be wise to continue their education by going on to do a PhD. A doctoral degree (PhD) is the next academic stage after Master's level studies.

Universities are the only higher education institutions that currently offer the opportunity to complete a PhD. A recognized university Master's degree with good grades is usually a prerequisite for undertaking a PhD. However, a Master's degree from a different type of higher education institution may also be accepted as long as the candidate has appropriate academic qualifications (see -> swissuniversities). It is up to the responsible academic bodies at the university in question to decide who should be accepted on a PhD program. In principle, however, there is no obligation to take on students at doctoral level.

A dissertation is a challenging project that requires a great deal of time, energy and perseverance. It is therefore important to think carefully about your motivation to complete a dissertation before deciding to do so. When making your decision, you should take the following criteria into account: your career goals and expectations, your specialist interests and your personal circumstances.