Doctoral students at the Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences are awarded the title "Doctor rerum socialium" (Dr. rer. soc.), after successful completion of their doctoral thesis. 

Students that are interested in joining our doctoral program are advised to directly contact one of our professors or lecturers.



The Doctoral Program in political science (Programme doctoral en science politique, PDSPO) exists since 2006 and is open to all doctoral students from the CUSO universities (Bern, Fribourg, Genève, Lausanne, Neuchâtel, IHEID, IDHEAP, Institut Kurt Bösch). The program’s general objective is to encourage the production of high quality doctoral theses in the various fields of political science. More specifically, it aims to:

  • complement the education of doctoral students through thematic and methodological modules on a variety of topics;
  • ensure their integration into a "scientific community", by encouraging exchanges and the confrontation of ideas and by reinforcing the supervision of doctoral theses;
  • to familiarize them with practical aspects of research by providing them with various information (summer schools, scholarships, stays abroad, fundraising, job opportunities) and by offering a space for discussion around topics such as career strategies (academic or non-academic) and strategies for publishing and research evaluation.

The CUSO courses can be credited to the doctorate.

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Usually, doctoral students also teach. The Department of Social Sciences supports doctoral students in planning and executing their courses, for example, with the program “Bausteine der guten Lehre”. The program is open to all the lecturers at the department.

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