The Faculty awards one single postgraduate degree: the PhD in Economics. The minimum duration is three years. The degree is awarded to the candidate who has successfully completed the set doctoral programme (30 ECTS) and ‘defended’ his/her PhD thesis.
A thesis must be a significant contribution to the advancement of learning in a given field of study. A number of theses completed and accepted in the past few years have been successfully published.
The doctoral program in economics consists of a basic and a deepening level. The program is defined in collaboration with the thesis supervisor. The PhD candidate is requested to follow basic as well as deepening courses.
PhD students in economics are invited to participate in the Research Seminar in Economics offered every semester. Moreover, every PhD student is obliged to present his/her research at least twice during his studies in the framework of a PhD seminar organized by the professors of economics.
The PhD program offered by the Swiss National Bank at the Study Center Gerzensee is considered equivalent to the PhD program required by USI.
Always verify the dates on the programme website.
Basic courses - specialization in "Microeconomics"
Basic courses - specialization in "Macroeconomics"
Basic and deepening courses can be taken at USI or other universities. A selection of deepening courses is provided by two networks (Swiss School of Public Health; Swiss Public Administration Network), of which USI is part.
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