Doctoral programme in Economics

The doctoral programme in Economics consists of a basic and a deepening level. The programme is defined in collaboration with the thesis supervisor. The PhD candidate is requested to follow basic as well as deepening courses.


Basic courses - specialization in "Microeconomics"

  • Advanced Microeconomics
  • Advanced Econometrics
  • Advanced Public or Regional Economics


Basic courses - specialization in "Macroeconomics"

  • Advanced Macroeconomics
  • Economic Analysis
  • Economic Policy


Deepening courses

Deepening courses are all courses and seminars offered to PhD students which are not listed above as basic courses.

Basic and deepening courses can be taken at USI or other universities. A selection of deepening courses is provided by two networks (Swiss School of Public HealthSwiss Public Administration Network), of which USI is part.

PhD students in economics are invited to participate in the Research Seminar in Economics offered every semester. Moreover, every PhD student is obliged to present his/her research at least twice during his studies in the framework of a PhD seminar organized by the professors of economics.

The PhD programme offered by the Swiss National Bank at the Study Center Gerzensee is considered equivalent to the PhD programme required by USI.


For further information please contact
Prof. Lorenz Kueng