PhD in Development Economics

The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies

Program Description

PhD in Development Economics

The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies

The Institute’s PhD with a specialisation in Development Economics is geared towards providing state-of-the-art training in macro and micro-economics as well as econometrics. In this programme, students are encouraged to take a minor in another discipline at the PhD level in order to be equipped to deal with complex issues from at least two academic standpoints. In addition, students have the opportunity to carry out fieldwork by taking part in projects being supervised by faculty members in developing countries.

PhD with a specialisation in Development Economics

Over the past decade, Development Economics has arguably become one of the most interesting fields in the profession. From global macroeconomic issues such as the determinants of economic growth, to carefully-crafted microeconomic work in which rigorously constructed theory is tested in developing countries, often using cutting-edge experimental or quasi-experimental techniques, Development Economics is at the heart of many current policy debates. What works and what does not in terms of social programmes geared towards reducing poverty, child malnutrition, or the spread of HIV/AIDS? What policies should a country follow in order to ensure sustained economic growth and an equitable distribution of income?

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:

  • providing state-of-the-art training in macro, micro and econometrics;
  • providing two doctoral seminars in Development Economics (one micro and one macro);
  • by encouraging students to take a minor, at the PhD level, in another discipline, so as to be equipped to deal with complex issues from at least two academic standpoints;
  • by providing PhD students with the opportunity of carrying out fieldwork in the context of projects being supervised by faculty members in developing countries.

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.

Admission requirements

PhD in Development Economics: Diploma of Advanced Studies (DEA) or a Master’s degree in economics, development studies or in a related disciplines well as having completed, to the extent possible, a DEA- or Masters level research dissertation (please include a copy with your application). Applicants to the PhD in Development Economics must have passed a GRE.

Language requirements


The Institute is a bilingual English-French institution; students are therefore required to demonstrate their knowledge of these languages by including the relevant certificates with their application forms.

English

* Level required: candidates are required to demonstrate excellent command of the language, both written and spoken, attested by a language certificate

* Candidates of English mother-tongue and those who have completed secondary or post-secondary education in English, attested by a diploma, are exempt from this requirement.

French

* Level required: a passive knowledge of French can be acquired during the first study semester; knowledge of French will be tested at the start of the second semester (February or March).


* Candidates who are native French speakers, candidates who have completed secondary or post-secondary education in French, attested by a diploma, or candidates who have obtained a French diploma equivalent to a DELF B2 are exempt from this requirement.

* Request for a waiver: candidates with no prior knowledge of French may request a waiver. Upon successful acceptance to the Institute they will be required to attend an intensive French course during the 3 weeks preceding the start of the autumn semester and for the duration of the first semester; upon completion of the French course they will be required to take a test.



Last updated December 1, 2015
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2016
Duration
Duration
4 years
Full time
Price
Price
1,500 CHF
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Early deadline 15/10
Start date Sept. 2016
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Duration 4 years
Price 1,500 CHF
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