Doctoral Programs

Ph.D. in Finance

The University of Geneva's Ph.D. program in Finance is fully integrated within the Swiss Finance Institute's Ph.D. program. The SFI is a private foundation that Switzerland’s banking and finance community, in cooperation with leading Swiss universities, created in 2006.


The Ph.D. program is structured in two phases:

A first-year course divided into three semesters (September to June) with a total of 10 courses. After completing these, students are evaluated on the basis of their test scores and a summer paper (first paper) prepared under an SFI Professor’s supervision.

Three faculty members, Prof. Tony Berrada, Prof. Ines Chaieb, and Prof. Harald Hau, are teaching during the first-year courses:

  • Prof. Tony Berrada: Information and Asset Pricing
  • Prof. Ines Chaieb and Prof. Harald Hau: Topics in International Finance 

Years 2-4 are assigned to the writing of a thesis. In the middle of year 4, students usually participate in the academic job market conference held at the ASSA in the United States.

All students in the Swiss Finance Institute Ph.D. program are offered either fellowships or teaching or research assistantships by partner universities.

The SFI doctoral program has an excellent international reputation. The excellent positions that its former students hold in academia allow SFI to compete with institutions at the forefront of academic Finance. During the last two years, SFI students have been appointed Assistant Professors at the following universities: Carnegie Mellon, Rochester, McGill, London School of Economics, Boston University, HEC Paris, University of New South Wales, HEC Montreal, Bocconi, University of Copenhagen, etc.

Ph.D. thesis

Please consult our webpage on Research at the Geneva Finance Research Institute.

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