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Economics, Ph.D.

  • Anytime
    Application Deadline
  • 36 months


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.

Detailed Programme Facts

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

Programme Structure

Courses include:

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

English Language Requirements

This programme requires students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Academic Requirements

  • The application file must include the following documents: all previous relevant degree certificates, a curriculum vitae, a letter of recommendation signed by the Faculty professor who has undertaken to act as a thesis supervisor; and an outline of the PhD study programme which the candidate intends to fulfil or has already completed;
  • All degree/diploma certificates must be submitted in the original official language of the awarding body
  • Degree/Diploma certificates in a foreign language other than French, German, or English must be translated into Italian or English and authenticated by a Swiss representative office abroad (Embassy or Consulate) or by a Swiss notary-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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