Historical Studies Module Bachelor (Lectures plus Reading List)

The historical studies module consists of several lectures and the Reading List examination (self-study). The mandatory lectures must be completed before enrolment in the corresponding reading list exam. Registration is therefore only possible in the semester after attending the last lecture of a module. In the Bachelor Minor 30 ECTS students complete only one reading list.

At the end of the semester, lecturers must certify your attendance at lectures using the forms below. The form acts as part of the registration process.

Please submit both forms necessary for registration at the same time!

Bachelor Major

2 lectures and 1 Reading List (1’000 pages) per era (ES 1 & ES 2)

Bachelor Minor (60 ECTS)

2 lectures in ES 1, 1 lecture in ES 2 and 1 Reading List examination (1’000 pages) in ES 1

Bachelor Mono

3 lectures and 1 Reading List examination (1’000 pages) per era (ES 1 and ES 2)

The necessary lectures per module must be completed before registering for the corresponding reading list. Registration is therefore only possible in the semester following the lecture.

Bachelor Minor (30 ECTS)

1 reading list for students 30 ECTS (800 pages) in the selected era (ES 1)

Students studying the BA Minor 30 ECTS program do not attend lectures. They must register using the below form plus the registration form:

Study of History Elective

2 lectures and 1 bibliography (1000 pages) in one era (ES 1 or ES 2)

Registration for FS 2023 will take place up until 13 March 2023 and must arrive exclusively in written form and be received by post at the following address.

Please write the address carefully!

Universität Bern
Historisches Institut
Institutssekretariat (z.H. Andrea Häfeli, B004)
Länggassstr. 49
3012 Bern

The registration consists of the form Registration for History Bachelor's Module (see below) and the corresponding form for the lecture test (see above).
Please send BOTH original forms required for registration (no copies) together!


Registration can only happen in writing, via the secretary of the institute, who will record your registration in KSL. Your status in KSL will act as confirmation of your registration. No other confirmation will be sent.

The maximum number of registrations per lecturer is 25 students. If we receive more than 25 registrations the registrations numbered 26 and above (based on date of arrival) will be returned immediately.

Examination procedure

The examinations take place in the last two weeks of the semester - (22 May - 2 June 2023). Please pay attention to the examination dates indicated on the literature lists and contact Andrea Häfeli andrea.haefeli@unibe.ch if there are parts of the date field on which you cannot take the examination for recognised reasons. The individual examination dates for oral examinations, like the rooms for the written examinations, are published on the Institute's notice board and via the History Forum in Ilias approximately three weeks before the examination session.

The examination is based on the literature list of the respective lecturer (see below). Oral examinations last 15 minutes, written examinations 45 minutes. If the examination is conducted in a different form than announced, the candidates concerned will be informed.

Cancellation / non-appearance

Up until the 13 March 2023 you can de-register from your exam by sending an e-mail to andrea.haefeli@unibe.ch without giving a reason. In which event, the registration forms will be returned to you by post.

After 13 March 2023, you can only cancel your registration if you enclose a written certificate. Possible reasons for being excused an exam (but not limited to): Illness, maternity, death of a close family member, force majeure (in particular breakdown of means of transport), military service etc. The compatibility of the examinations with any obligations a student might hold to a possible employer must be clarified before the registration for the examination; corresponding incompatibilities do not count as an excuse. Cancellation must be sent in written form to the Secretary of the Institute (Andrea Häfeli), together with a corresponding certificate (original).

Students who do not appear for an examination will automatically be given a grade of 1.0. The examination is considered failed and can only be repeated once.

Repeating your examination

If you have failed an exam, you will be automatically registered to take the exam once more the following semester.

Anyone who has previously cancelled an examination with one of the excuses mentioned above can arrange for an extraordinary examination directly with the lecturer in question. In this case, the lecturers are responsible for organising the examination. The same rules apply to a deregistration from this date as under cancellation / non-appearance.

If you fail the reading list examination twice, your study of history cannot be continued.

Spring Semester 2023

The individual lists can be found on the German version of this page