The Ph.D. Programme in Economics and Finance (PEF) trains students to achieve academic excellence in the areas of Economics, Econometrics and Finance with a particular focus on policy relevant theoretical and empirical research. The PEF programme is designed to ensure that students gain advanced knowledge of key areas of Economics, Econometrics and Finance. The curriculum starts with intensive courses, followed by two years of advanced studies and own original research. State-of-the-art courses cover a broad range of topics including theoretical and empirical research methodology. Graduates are regularly selected for very reputable academic and non-academic positions. The PEF offers you: An international programme As a PEF student, you will experience an international environment with English being the exclusive programme language. Internationally established professors and distinguished visiting professors from renowed universities across Europe and the USA are teaching challenging courses. Moreover, you will benefit from our international research and partner network: University of Konstanz and the University of Frankfurt, Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) and the Universities in the NCCR-FINRISK research network. The Swiss National Science Foundation promotes the PEF. A well-structured and supervised programme The PEF is divided in a course and a research phase. The courses cover a broad range of topics including state-of-the-art theoretical and empirical research methodology. Small classes ensure close contact to your lecturers and you benefit from experienced advice and close supervision by a research-oriented faculty. An excellent research environment The international environment and a clear focus on academic research ensure a creative and collaborative research environment where you can develop your own research agenda and focus on your research. Excellent career options As a PEF student you will have access to teaching and research assistant positions. The PEF director will assist you to find a suitable position and become part of an inspiring team. Our PEF graduates are regularly selected for very reputable academic and non-academic careers. The PEF is aiming to reach outstanding students • holding a Master's or Licentiate's Degree (Diploma) in Economics, Finance, Financial Economics, Econometrics, or an equivalent degree, • interested in doing research, • fully committed, • creative and independent, • talented and hard working, • keen to interact with other students and faculty members.