Programmes de doctorat

Doctorat en économie


The PhD program lasts usually five years, including about two years of courses. The PhD in Economics includes five steps:

  • Pre-requisites. PhD candidates must hold an MSc in economics. Depending on the academic content of the Msc program they took, they may be requested to follow some additional courses from our MSc program in economics (taught in English) as a pre-requisite. The candidate must pass these exams within the first two semesters
  • 1st year PhD courses.
  • Choice of the PhD supervisor.
  • 2nd year PhD courses.
  • PhD dissertation. Research and writing under the supervision of the PhD advisor. In general, the format of the thesis is a collection of scientific articles. It may also be a monograph. It may be written (and defended) in either French or English.

The PhD program and (when relevant) the pre-requisite courses are taught in English and knowledge of French is not an admission requirement. The thesis may be written in either French or English. Students are encouraged to learn and improve their French in a French speaking environment which offers plenty of opportunities to do so.

PhD courses are taught at the University of Geneva (henceforth UniGE) and at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (henceforth HEID). Students are also encouraged to take courses from the excellent one-year doctoral program (micro, macro, and econometrics) and/or summer courses (the list of topics varies each year) of the Gerzensee Center of the Swiss National Bank in lieu of some courses from the list below.

Program structure

PhD in Economics


PhD thesis

Please consult our webpage on Research at the Institute of Economics and Econometrics.

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