Faculty of Humanities

Study programs

Master's in Research on the Arts

The specialized Master program in Research on the Arts (MRA) is designed for graduates of Master programs at Swiss music and art schools/academies who are interested in obtaining a PhD from the Graduate School of the Arts at the University of Bern (www.gsa.unibe.ch).

Students are taught methods of scientific and scholarly research at the university level. Students also gain insight into research work and the presentation of research results by participating in a research project at the university or at the Bern University of the Arts, and by attending research symposia. Through their active participation in the courses in the discipline in which their doctoral degree is to be obtained, students are also introduced to the scholarly and scientific standards in that field. The overall aim here is to enable students to conduct their own research on various aspects of the arts in order to attain the qualifications needed to subsequently earn a doctoral degree at the University of Bern. FInd more information about the Master's degree programm in Master in Research on the Arts
Master Research on the Arts
Basic information
Degree: Master of Arts in Research on the Arts, Universität Bern
Number of credits: 120 ECTS credits
Degree programs: Mono 120 ECTS credits
Duration: 4 semesters
Language: German
Beginning studies: Fall or spring Semester;
Applications after the regular application deadlines are not possible
Regulations regarding studies and performance assessments at the University of Bern Faculty of Humanities (RSL 05) from October 27, 2005, with amendments (Document in German) Studienplan für den spezialisierten Master Research on the Arts vom 16. Februar 2015 (Document in German)

The specialized Master program in Research on the Arts (MRA) is designed for graduates of Master programs at Swiss music and art schools/academies who are interested in obtaining a PhD from the Graduate School of the Arts of the University of Bern (www.gsa. unibe.ch). Students are taught methods of scientific and scholarly research at the university level. Students also gain insight into research work and the presentation of research results by participating in a research project at the university or at the Bern University of the Arts, and by attending research symposia. Through their active participation in the courses in the discipline in which their doctoral degree is to be obtained, students are also introduced to the scholarly and scientific standards in that field. The overall aim here is to enable students to conduct their own research on various aspects of the arts in order to attain the qualifications needed to subsequently earn a doctoral degree from the Graduate School of the Arts at the University of Bern.

The MRA program generally takes 2 semesters (total of 120 credits). However, only 60 credits need to be earned, as the other 60 are waived because of the student's Master's degree.

The MRA program encompasses four modules.

  • Module I: Introductory module that focuses on academic research techniques. Courses are taken in the discipline in which the student's doctoral degree is to be obtained (10 credits).
  • Module II: Active participation in a research project at the university or at the Bern University of the Arts and participation in a research symposium (15 credits).
  • Module III: Additional courses in the discipline in which the student's doctoral degree is to be obtained (5 credits).
  • Module IV: Master thesis in the discipline in which the student's doctoral degree is to be obtained (30 credits).

Courses are selected after consultation with the student's advisor, who also monitors the master thesis.

 

Degree

The Master program leads to the title of Master of Arts in Research on the Arts, University of Bern.

Individual academic requirements

The following academic qualifications are required for admission to the specialized master’s degree program in Research on the Arts (mono):

Master's degree from one of the following Swiss music and art schools/academies (with a final grade of at least 5)
a) Conservatorio della Svizzera italiana, Lugano (part of SUPSI)
b) Dipartimento Ambiente, Costruzioni e Design, Canobbio (part of SUPSI)
c) Ecole cantonale d'art du Valais, Sierre ECAV
d) Haute école d'arts appliqués Arc, La Chaux-de-Fonds (part of HES-SO)
e) Haute école d'art et de design, Lausanne ECAL (part of HES-SO)
f) Haute école d'arts et de design, Genève (part of HES-SO)
g) Haute école de musique de Genève (part of HES-SO)
h) Haute école de musique de Lausanne (part of HES-SO)
i) Hochschule der Künste Bern (part of BFH)
j) Hochschule für Gestaltung und Kunst, Basel (part of FHNW)
k) Hochschule für Musik Basel und Schola Cantorum Basiliensis (part of FHNW)
l) Hochschule Luzern – Design & Kunst (part of HSLU)
m) Hochschule Luzern – Musik (part of HSLU)
n) Scuola Teatro Dimitri, Verscio (part of SUPSI)
o) Zürcher Hochschule der Künste (part of ZFH)
p) Kaleidos-Fachhochschule – Departement Musik

Students must provide written confirmation of master thesis advisement from an authorized instructor.

Students must consult with staff from the academic student service before they can begin the master’s degree program.

There is no guarantee of acceptance to the program. The Executive Board of the University of Bern may limit the number of students in the program.

Applications with a bachelor's degree from a recognized foreign university of applies sciences are not possible.