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Economics, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 60 months
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In the first year, students are required to apply to attend the Swiss Program for Beginning Doctoral Students in Economics offered by the Gerzensee Center. In addition, elective courses comprising the equivalent of 12 ECTS can be chosen from a wide array of options and must be completed by the end of the second year.

At the end of the first year, students choose their supervisors and start working on their dissertations, which normally comprise three academic articles.

From year two onward, students are required to regularly attend two department seminar series. These are the Research Seminar in Economics and Econometrics, which mostly offers invited external speakers, and the Brown Bag Seminar, during which PhD students present their ongoing work and receive feedback.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 60 months
  • Credits
    36 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Econometrics
  • Advanced Econometrics
  • Policy and Program Evaluation: Statistical and Econometric Tools
  • Advanced International Trade
  • The Microeconomics of International Migration
  • International Finance
  • Econometrics sequence
  • Natural Resource Economics and Sustainable Development
  • 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

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

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

    • 1925 - 2850 CHF/month
      Living Costs

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