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Economics, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
University rank #58 (BCR) Zürich, Switzerland
Candidates may apply for the fast-track Doctoral program in Economics if they hold an excellent Bachelor's degree as well as recommendation letters and wish to pursue a career in academia. This is a two-part program, comprised of a condensed Master's degree and a PhD. 

Overview

Doctoral students 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. 

Doctoral students can undertake original research which expands existing knowledge through substantial research contributions. Doctoral students 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 fast-track doctoral program successfully completed courses with a total work load of 78 ECTS credits and are especially prepared for an academic career. The doctoral thesis covers a specific subject in Economics of current scientific interest in great depth, and is publicly defended. 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    78 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

The international Doctoral program in Economics at the University of Zurich offers a set of courses taught by internationally renowned scholars and world-class research opportunities. 

Close collaboration between Doctoral students and supervisors and strong team spirit among students are specific features of the Doctoral program. 

Students enjoy the benefits of a highly interdisciplinary, vibrant research community with access to first-class facilities. 

Students can choose from a wide range of research interests in all areas of economics, including econometrics, macroeconomics, microeconomics, and neuroeconomics. 

The research conducted at the department has an interdisciplinary focus, combining modern economics with elements of history, political science, psychology, biology, and sociology. 

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    7

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  • Minimum required score:

    100

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  • Minimum required score:

    600

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General Requirements

  • Persons who are currently not enrolled at the University of Zurich must first apply with one of the program directors to be accepted to a program (in the Informatics department, with the respective professor). Additionally, they must apply online with the Admissions Office, who reviews the application on behalf of the University. Acceptance to a program is only possible after these steps have been completed.
  • Persons who begin a Doctoral program immediately after completing a Master's program at our faculty must also apply for acceptance with the program director (in the Informatics department, with the respective professor). 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    260 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 130 EUR per semester and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    260 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 130 EUR per semester and a duration of 24 months.
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  • Tuition fee is 150 CHF per semester

Living costs for Zürich

  • 1920 - 2580 CHF/month
    Living Costs

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

Funding

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