Doctorate of Advanced Professional Studies in Applied Finance 2019

The aim of the programme is to train entrepreneurs, investors and senior managers in analyzing, anticipating and conducting scientifically applied research in the field of asset management.



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80 ECTS credits
The 10 modules take place from Thursday to Sunday (09:00-12 and 13:30-16:30).


Bilingue (Anglais/Mandarin)



Geneva, Switzerland and Beijing, China


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  • Sharpen and broaden skills in wealth management
  • Cope with the current and future evolution of financial markets
  • Face an increasingly competitive, globalized and uncertain world



Entrepreneur, venture capitalist, senior executive, public official and manager. Anyone who wants to learn about the latest academic and professional advances in finance, to understand and develop optimal wealth management strategies that will consolidate their prosperity as well as ensure the security of their heirs.

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of the professional doctorate program, our graduates will:

  • master advanced conceptual and quantitative methods and have financial expertise, specifically in Wealth Management
  • have a deep understanding of banking, financial markets, as well as traditional, alternative, and sustainable investments
  • acquire evidence-based scientific research skills in the context of writing a professional doctoral thesis with academic integrity, focusing on some of the most innovative topics in Wealth Management
  • develop advanced written and oral communication skills, in particular through the redaction and defense of their dissertation in Applied Finance


A three years high-level executive programme consisting of ten courses taught by renowned professors and professionals in finance and law

Integration of the various aspects related to wealth management (financial, tax, legal, computational, behavioral, and societal)

  • Access to interactive teaching methods and research platform
  • Integration and exchange of knowledge between the academic word and the professional world
  • A Study trip and networking opportunities
  • A Doctoral Thesis

The programme is organized into 10 thematic modules (50 ECTS credits), 1 methodological module (5 ECTS credits) and a thesis in applied research (25 ECTS credits). As classes are taught in Mandarin and English, the names of the courses and the dissertation are given in English.


Prof. Rajna GIBSON BRANDON, Geneva Finance Research Institute (GFRI), University of Geneva


Marylaure BLOCH, Switzerland


Diploma awarded by the University of Geneva

Admission criteria

To enter the programme, the following requirements must be met

  • Hold at least a master’s degree from a university recognized by the University of Geneva
  • Have a minimum of 5 years professional experience, or part-time equivalent, in banking, finance or related industries
  • Be fluent in both English and Chinese

The Admission Committee will review the file of each applicant and invite eligible candidates to take the entrance examination.The University of Geneva is the sole entity in charge of the examination.

The entrance examination aims to assess the applicant’s overall qualification, innovative potential, and academic competences. The examination method is mainly based on interviews. After consideration of the submitted application file and the entrance examination’s results, the Admission Committee notifies the successful candidates.


A Doctoral thesis has to be submitted within 12 months following the end of the teaching programme. Students are required to write their thesis in English. In case of difficulty in achieving this, they will be asked to provide their thesis translated into English by accredited Chinese-English translators.

  • Prof. Tony BERRADA, Professor of Finance, University of Geneva, GFRI
  • Prof. Inès CHAIEB, Professor of Finance, University of Geneva, GFRI

  • Dr. Michel CROUHY, Founder and President, Natixis Foundation for Quantitative Research, Paris

  • Ernst & Young team 

  • Prof. Dan GALAI, Dean, Abe Grey Emeritus Professor, Jerusalem Business School, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

  • Prof. Rajna GIBSON BRANDON, Programme Director, Professor of Finance and Deputy Director, University of Geneva, GFRI

  • Dr. Michel GIRARDIN, Lecturer in Macro-Finance, University of Geneva, GFRI

  • Prof. Harald HAU, Professor of Economics & Finance and Director, University of Geneva, GFRI

  • Prof. Martin HOESLI, Professor of Finance, University of Geneva, GFRI

  • Prof. Shimon KOGAN, Professor of Finance, MIT Sloan School of Management

  • Prof. Philipp KRUEGGER, Professor of Responsible Finance, University of Geneva, GFRI

  • Prof. Roni MICHAELY, Professor of Finance, University of Geneva, GFRI

  • Prof. Kerstin PREUSCHOFF, Professor in Neurofinance and Neuroeconomics, University of Geneva, GFRI

  • Prof. Olivier SCAILLET, Professor of Probability & Statistics and Deputy Director, University of Geneva, GFRI

  • Prof. Fabio TROJANI, Professor of Finance, University of Geneva, GFRI

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