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The Economics from Università della Svizzera Italiana (USI) is defined in collaboration with the thesis supervisor. The PhD candidate is requested to follow basic as well as deepening courses.

Deepening courses

Deepening courses are all courses and seminars offered to PhD students which are not listed above as basic 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 programme offered by the Swiss National Bank at the Study Center Gerzensee is considered equivalent to the PhD programme required by USI.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Advanced Microeconomics
  • Advanced Econometrics
  • Advanced Public or Regional Economics
  • Advanced Macroeconomics
  • Economic Analysis
  • Economic Policy

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

  • To be admitted to the PhD degree programme in Economics, candidates shall be in possession of a Master’s Degree in Economics, or a degree recognised as equivalent. 
  • Any professor intending to recruit candidates with a degree in other disciplines shall be expected to justify the elibigility of each particular degree to the doctoral programme director and to the Graduate Studies Committee. The request shall be completed with a proposal for a pre-doctoral course of study, listing examination papers in Economics at Master’s level for a minimum of 30 ECTS. 
  • Special provisions may be made for candidates in the areas of Economics and Management in Tourism and Public.

Tuition Fee

Living costs for Lugano

  • 1516 - 2140 CHF/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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