About University of Bern:

The University of Bern is a university in the Swiss capital of Bern and was founded in 1834. It is regulated and financed by the Canton of Bern. It is a comprehensive university offering a broad choice of courses and programs in eight faculties and some 150 institutes. With around 17,882 students, the University of Bern is the third biggest University in Switzerland. The University of Bern operates at three levels: university, faculties and institutes. Other organizational units include interfaculty and general university units. The university's highest governing body is the Senate, which is responsible for issuing statutes, rules and regulations. Directly answerable to the Senate is the University Board of Directors, the governing body for university management and coordination. The Board comprises the Rector, the Vice-Rectors and the Administrative Director. The structures and functions of the University Board of Directors and the other organizational units are regulated by the Universities Act. The University of Bern offers about 39 bachelor and 72 master programs, with enrolments of 7,709 and 4,614, respectively. The university also has 2,882 doctoral students. Around 1,601 bachelor, 1,549 master's degree students and 600 PhD students graduated in 2017. For some time now, the university has had more female than male students; at the end of 2016, women accounted for 56% of students. The University of Bern does not have a single large campus on the edge of the city, but has consistently pursued the principle of a university in the city. Most institutes and clinics are still in the Länggasse, the traditional university district adjoining the city centre, within walking distance of one another. The Faculty of Theology and various institutes in the Faculty of Humanities are now housed in an old chocolate factory (the Unitobler), and in 2005 the former women's hospital was refurbished to serve as a university centre for institutes in the Faculty of Law and Department of Economics (the UniS). The vonRoll site, another former factory building, is in the process of being refurbished to house the Faculty of Human Sciences and the Department of Social Sciences.



World University Rankings

2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
World University Rankings 149 172 171 150 160 159 136 138 142 130 133 139 137 138 127

By Fields

Field 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Agriculture 117 88 85 101 - 99 100 94 96 94 98 94 97 103
Engineering - - - - - - - 231 273 401-450 401-450 401-450 - -
Life Sciences 162 195 124 139 168 173 174 164 163 156 151 152 138 142
Medicine 133 98 93 146 133 102 111 108 111 101 100 99 107 98
Natural Sciences 209 217 200 213 193 165 168 180 165 174 176 168 164 165
Social Sciences 216 242 235 218 - 299 188 193 209 187 183 193 181 171

By Subjects

Subject 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Agricultural Sciences - - - 300 279 269 301-350 301-350 301-350 297 301-350
Biology & Biochemistry - - - - - - - - 129 125 119
Chemistry - 300 - - - - 351-400 351-400 351-400 351-400 401-450
Chemical Engineering - - - - - - - - - - -
Civil Engineering - 252 - - - - - 351-400 351-400 351-400 -
Clinical Medicine - - - - - - - - 98 100 99
Computer Science - - 267 - - - 301-350 351-400 351-400 351-400 301-350
Economics & Business - - - - - - - - - - -
Electrical Engineering 163 257 223 209 191 209 254 236 228 286 451-500
Environment / Ecology 74 57 85 96 73 74 70 77 62 63 65
Geosciences 26 25 28 28 34 26 36 43 42 49 44
Immunology - - - - - - - - 74 89 94
Materials Science - - - - - - 401-450 401-450 401-450 401-450 -
Mathematics - - - - - - 381 351-400 351-400 401-450 401-450
Mechanical Engineering - - - - - - - - - - -
Microbiology - - - - - - - - 175 183 185
Molecular Biology & Genetics - - - - - - - - 160 151 145
Neuroscience & Behavior - - - - - - - - 160 160 134
Pharmacology & Toxicolog - 251 198 181 178 169 200 221 202 202 196
Physics 293 - 242 245 240 191 202 188 176 177 164
Plant & Animal Science 96 97 78 73 75 85 79 73 87 97 104
Psychiatry / Psychology - - - - - - - - 136 128 114
Social Sciences, General - - - - - - - - 159 155 143
Space Science - - - - - - - - 174 135 113
Energy Science & Engineering - - - - - - - - - - -
Environmental Science & Engineering - - - - - - - - - - 182
Biomedical Engineering - - - - - - - - - - 66