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Banking and Finance, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration
University rank #58 (BCR) Zürich, Switzerland
Doctoral students in the Banking and Finance programme from University of Zurich demonstrate a systematic understanding of a field of study and mastery of the skills and methods of research associated with that field. They can conceive, implement, and adapt a research process with scientific integrity.
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Overview

Doctoral students in the Banking and Finance programme from University of Zurich can analyze and solve complex problems and critically reflect on scientifically relevant issues. They present and discuss their research field to the international scientific community as well as communicate their research field to the general public. Graduates of the structured doctoral program successfully completed courses with a total work load of 93 ECTS credits and are especially prepared for an academic career. The doctoral thesis covers a specific subject in Banking and Finance of current scientific interest in great depth, and is publicly defended.

Educational goals

Students who intend to pursue an academic career and hold a Master's degree (or equivalent, such as the Swiss lic. oec. or the German Universitätsdiplom) with a distinction of at least "magna cum laude" are offered the opportunity to take courses in the Track B program in Banking and Finance in preparation for writing a dissertation.The structured Doctoral program in Banking and Finance at the University of Zurich is part of the Swiss Finance Institute PhD Program, which operates at three campuses in Geneva/Lausanne, Lugano and Zurich. The program is targeted towards the pursuit of academic excellence. It aims at providing an intellectual environment and a curriculum comparable with the top PhD programs in Europe and North America.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    93 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

  • The program comprises two phases: one preparatory year of intensive coursework followed by three years of advanced studies and research. It covers a wide range of subjects, including economics, financial economics, corporate finance, mathematical finance, and econometrics. 
  • The compulsory modules include an independent research proposal. The candidates draft a dissertation based on this foundation. All courses are taught by internationally renowned academics from Switzerland, Europe, and North America. Moreover, a large number of courses in related fields is offered by partner institutions in the Swiss Finance Institute PhD program. 

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    100

    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:

    7

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:

    600

    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

General Requirements

  • Master’s degree diploma from a state-accredited university.

  • Credits for any transferred coursework must also have been acquired at a state-accredited university.

  • The diploma itself is state-accredited.

  • The diploma grants entitlement to pursue doctoral studies at a state-accredited university in the relevant country.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    284 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 142 EUR per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • EU/EEA

    284 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 142 EUR per semester and a duration of 48 months.
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  • Tuition fee is 150 CHF per semester

Living costs for Zürich

  • 1920 - 2580 CHF/month
    Living Costs

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Funding

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