General information on the PhD Program in Finance
The Swiss Finance Institute PhD in Finance is targeted towards the pursuit of academic excellence. It aims at providing an intellectual environment and a curriculum comparable with the top PhD programs in Europe and North America. The PhD program operates at the three Swiss Finance Institute campuses in Geneva/Lausanne (Léman), Lugano and Zurich.
The curriculum comprises two phases: one preparatory year of intensive coursework followed by three years of advanced studies and research. The Program covers a wide range of subjects including Economics, Financial Economics, Corporate Finance, Mathematical Finance, and Econometrics. There is a clear focus on the mathematical foundations of Finance and all courses are taught by internationally renowned academics from Switzerland, Europe, and North America. The Program offers the ideal framework for successful and inspiring PhD studies in Finance.
Applicants should have a strong interest in research activities and the desire to pursue an academic career or to continue their career doing research in Finance within the public or private sector. Ideally an applicant's academic record will prove a solid background in Economics as well as in Financial Mathematics although additional prerequisite courses at the beginning of the PhD program might compensate for weaknesses in any of these areas. We strongly support women in finance and encourage applications from women!