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Econometrics, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 60 months
University rank #59 (ARWU) Genève, Switzerland
Ph.D. in Econometrics at the University of Geneva exists ever since the creation of the Department of Econometrics in 1970. The first econometrics chair in Switzerland was created at the University of Geneva in 1966. This position was then attributed to Professor Luigi Solari who later founded the Department of Econometrics. 
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This Department, along with the Department of Economics, has now become the Institute of Economics and Econometrics (IEE) of the Geneva School of Economics and Management (GSEM). Every year IEE organizes a public lecture called the Solari Lecture in memory of its founder and many distinguished econometricians including Nobel Laureates have delivered this lecture at our Institute.

A Ph.D. in Econometrics is awarded on the basis of a thesis in theoretical as well as applied econometrics, generally in the form of three scientific articles, evaluated by a jury composed of internal and external examiners. At least one of the three papers should be a methodological/theoretical one preferably with an empirical illustration and the others can be theoretical or applied with a strong methodological component.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 60 months
  • Languages
    • English
    • French
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Applied Economics Workshop 
  • Advanced Statistical Inference 
  • Generalized Linear and Additive Models 
  • Financial Econometrics 
  • Advanced Development Macroeconomics
  • Advanced International 
  • Advanced International Macroeconomics 
  • The Microeconomics of International Migration 
  • International Finance

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


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General Requirements

Admission requirements:
  • A motivation letter mentioning the specialization in econometrics
  • CV
  • A copy of their diplomas
  • If available, a certified copy of their bachelor and master exam transcripts
  • Two academic reference letters

Tuition Fee

  • International

    880 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 440 EUR per semester and a duration of 60 months.
  • EU/EEA

    880 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 440 EUR per semester and a duration of 60 months.
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Living costs for Genève

  • 1925 - 2850 CHF/month
    Living Costs

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Financial support takes the form of teaching assistantships, scholarships (both administered by the Institute) and research assistantships (usually administered by Professors using external funding). You can apply for support for your first year when applying to the Institute. 

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