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Economics, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
University rank #58 (BCR) Zürich, Switzerland
The Economics programme is offered by University of Zurich.Economics focuses on the behaviour and interactions of economic agents and how economies work. Microeconomics analyzes basic elements in the economy, including individual agents and markets, their interactions, and the outcomes of interactions.

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 are able to apply their research to practical problems and to 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 doctoral program successfully completed modules with a total work load of 18 ECTS credits. 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 12 months
  • Credits
    18 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

This Doctoral program is aimed at students who are already working closely with a professor of the Faculty of Economics, Business Administration and Information Technology in a specific area of research and who are generally not pursuing a career in research. If you have not explicitly been invited to apply to the Track A program by a professor of the Faculty of Economics, Business Administration and Information Technology, you are not eligible for the program. 

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 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    260 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 130 EUR per semester and a duration of 12 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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