The PHD IN ECONOMICS provide students with a high-quality education
for an academic career in the field of economics
The GSEM PhD program in Economics provides students with a high-quality education for an academic career. PhD students benefit from their close interaction with the faculty, dedicated PhD classes and research seminars, with renowned visiting scholars. Previous PhD graduates have been appointed at top universities around the world.
The program usually lasts five years, of which two years are devoted to courses. In the first year, students are required to apply to attend the Swiss Program for Beginning Doctoral Students in Economics offered by the Gerzensee Center. In addition, elective courses comprising the equivalent of 12 ECTS can be chosen from a wide array of options and must be completed by the end of the second year. At the end of the first year, students choose their supervisors and start working on their dissertations, which normally comprise three academic articles.
From year two onward, students are required to regularly attend two department seminar series. These are the Research Seminar in Economics and Econometrics, which mostly offers invited external speakers, and the Brown Bag Seminar, during which PhD students present their ongoing work and receive feedback.
PhD applicants must hold an MSc in economics or closely related subjects. Depending on their academic background, these applicants may be asked to follow additional courses as to meet the prerequisites. Knowledge of French is not an admission requirement.
The GSEM Institute of Economics and Econometrics’ faculty members specialize in labor economics, development and environmental economics, international economics and trade, as well as urban economics and econometrics.
The GSEM offers PhD students financial support, usually in the form of teaching assistant contracts. The number of assistantships is limited and is allocated on the basis of academic merit. Research funds may provide additional financial support.
The application procedure opens in early January and all applications must be submitted by 28 February 2020 at the latest.
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Geneva School of Economics and Management - University of Geneva
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1205 Genève , Switzerland