Doctorate of Social Science in Political Economy

Course description

This programme deepens students’ knowledge of (mainly unconventional) economics. They are required to write a thesis on economic issues that are central to our understanding of capitalism, but are neglected or oversimplified in mainstream economic analysis. The programme in political economy offers students invaluable insight into the theories, methods and subjects of research in economics, and the normative conclusions reached therefrom.

The doctorate in political economy is awarded on the basis of an independent research project, generally carried out over a period of three to five years. The programme aims to train high-level researchers in the field of political economy.

A doctoral thesis can be either the result of an individual project (possibly with an assistant contract) or conducted within the framework of a collective project (for example with the support of the Swiss National Science Foundation). Candidates work under the supervision of a professor from the department and possibly, if justified by the topic, a co-director affiliated to another university, in Switzerland or abroad.


Teaching languages

French and English


Admission requirements

Candidates must hold a Master's degree from the Geneva School of Social Sciences or a degree deemed equivalent.