Ph.D. On Campus


Università della Svizzera italiana (USI)

60 months
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The doctoral programme in Economics from Università della Svizzera Italiana (USI) consists of two stages: course work with a combined credit value of 30 ECTS and the completion of a dissertation.


The PhD programme in Economics at Università della Svizzera Italiana (USI) is designed for students interested in pursuing advanced study and conducting original research in Economics.

Research Opportunity

Year 1 is devoted to developing a strong foundation in the basic tools of economics, including full-year courses in microeconomic theory, macroeconomic theory, and econometrics (core courses).

In the 1st year, successful candidates will devote most of their work time to this programme and the remaining time to teaching and research activities at the Institute of Economics (IdEP). (The PhD Programme Director and the Graduate Studies Committee may approve different study plans submitted by PhD candidates or their main advisor.)

Dissertation topics

Year 2 is devoted to field courses (deepening courses) to bring successful candidates to the research frontier of their field(s) of interest. Students are free to choose these courses offered either at USI or at other academic institutions after coordinating with the PhD Programme Director. During this time, students are strongly encouraged to start developing their dissertation topic. Starting from year 2, in addition to the course work, successful candidates will provide part-time assistance in the Institute’s research projects and/or teaching activities.

Years 3 to 5 are devoted to completing the dissertation, which consists of at least three original research papers. Successful candidates will present their research progress regularly to their supervisor(s) and in informal seminars to the rest of the faculty and doctoral students, who will provide constructive feedback that will improve the research.

Courses and research are in English. The completion of the PhD Programme requires a final defense of the PhD thesis.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Microeconomic theory
  • Macroeconomic theory
  • Econometrics

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 60 months

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30 ECTS plus thesis.


On Campus

Academic requirements

GRE admission requirements GRE®

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Successful candidates are required to apply to the Swiss Program for Beginning Doctoral Students in Economics at the Study Center Gerzensee of the Swiss National Bank (SNB). Candidates must submit their application, including GRE test scores, around March or April.

Tuition Fee

Living costs for Lugano

1516 - 2134 CHF /month
Living costs

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


The typical student receives funding for five years (currently around 50'000 Swiss Francs per year).

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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