Economics, Ph.D.

  • N/A
    Application Deadline
  • 36 months
  • Tuition
  • English (take IELTS)
The doctoral programme addresses graduates of promising talent and keen to launch into a high-profile career. From time to time the Faculty advertises doctoral student positions regulated by contracts (with teaching assistant or graduate researcher status). This is the framework in which PhD students set out on their research paths.


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.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date Application deadline and start date were not specified by the programme.
  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Duration 36 months
  • Credits
    30 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Basic courses - specialization in "Microeconomics"

  • Advanced Microeconomics
  • Advanced Econometrics
  • Advanced Public or Regional Economics

Basic courses - specialization in "Macroeconomics"

  • Advanced Macroeconomics
  • Economic Analysis
  • Economic Policy

Deepening courses

  • Deepening courses are all courses and seminars offered to PhD students which are not listed above as basic courses.

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.

English Language Requirements

This programme requires students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Take IELTS test

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


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