PhD with a specialisation in Development Economics
Attempting to answer such questions stands at the core of our programme. A practicing Development Economist must be, first and foremost, a very good economist, trained in the tools of the trade, from micro and macro theory, to advanced econometric techniques. But a Development Economist should be much more, and should display sensitivity towards and knowledge of diverse cultural settings, know how to engage key stakeholders in developing countries (from the government to local NGOs), and be capable of getting things done in the field in conditions that are sometimes quite difficult.
Our PhD programme in Development Economics is geared towards doing just that, by:
The PhD of the Graduate Institute with a specialisation in Development Economics is a challenging degree tailored for outstanding students with a strong commitment to Economics and Development Studies and a proven ability in independent research work. It aims to prepare students for further academic research and for work as professional economists on development issues in international agencies, governments or the private sector.
The PhD programme is small by design and admits a limited number of students each year. The size of the programme and close contact with professors offer an intimate and highly stimulating environment in which to grow intellectually. This specialisation is a recognised and well established platform for advanced graduate research in Development Economics. With a large diversity of research and professional interests, the faculty members offer research supervision in a wide range of subjects.
Apart from formal research supervision from their doctorate supervisor (a professor of the Economics Unit), doctoral students can expect wider intellectual support at all stages of their research.
During their doctoral studies, candidates are required to obtain 24 ECTS credits for coursework and to present and defend a preliminary thesis. The programme, culminating in the presentation and defence of a doctoral thesis embodying an original and significant piece of research, is designed to take a maximum of four years. For detailed information, refer to PhD Rules.