Diploma of Advanced Studies DAS

Target Audience

This program is for holders of a university degree with professional experience. Under special conditions, admission is also granted without a university degree.


This program allows professionals to gain comprehensive knowledge in one or more specific fields of law. A unique feature of this program is the possibility to design, in collaboration with one’s faculty supervisor, individualized study plans. This advantage allows program participants to choose subjects according to their focus/interests.

Scope, Duration, Costs

Scope: The DAS Program must consist of at least 30 ECTS credits, of which 5 ECTS credits are awarded for the required DAS Paper. Further rules regarding the division of ECTS credits are described in the "Reglement für das Weiterbildungsprogramm in Rechtswissenschaft (DAS; LL.M.)" of March 22, 2012. A list of lectures offered can be found in Annexes 1, 2, and 3 of the Study Plan of October 16, 2014.
Duration: The program can last up to a maximum of 3 years if done part-time.
Costs: CHF 9'000.00 in total (excluding study materials)

Registration and Deadlines

Registration: In addition to the written registration form for the continuing education program, the Dean's Office (Ms. Eva V. Laederach) requires the documents listed in Art. 13 of the of the “Reglement für das Weiterbildungsprogramm in Rechtswissenschaft (DAS; LL.M.)” of March 22, 2012. Please note that a strong command of the German language (C1 – TELC / Goethe Institut) is a requirement.
Application deadline: January 31 for the spring semester / August 31 for the fall semester


Please use the following link concerning information of how to register for examinations: Studies > Examinations.

DAS Paper

The formal guidelines for the DAS Paper are generally analogous to those for the Master's thesis in the Master’s of Law Degree Program: Richtlinien Masterarbeit vom 30.04.2020 (PDF, 101KB) (Document in German).

Additional Information

  • The rules regarding submission deadlines differ from those in the Master's Degree Program. Within the DAS Program, submission deadlines, choices of topic, and the scope of the thesis are determined solely in consultation with the faculty supervisor. For more information see Empfehlungen des Dekanats für das Verfassen von Magister- und Diplomarbeiten.pdf (PDF, 134KB) (Document in German).
  • The student’s faculty supervisor also generally supervises the corresponding paper. Exceptions can be granted after prior consultation with the Dean's Office.

Graduation Ceremonies

The graduation ceremonies take place in May and November.

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  • DAS: Diploma of Advanced Studies in Criminology

The DAS in Healthcare Management is aimed at senior executives from all areas of healthcare and health policy. It is part of the continuing education program in the healthcare sector, which is a joint effort of the Faculty of Law, the Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences, as well as the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Bern.

Further Information