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Programme overview

Info 2022/2023

Degree type
Duration and credits
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Head of programme


Admission to the PhD Course is subject to an entry examination, which is typically announced each year in spring. Exact information and details are published on the dedicated webpage that contains the list of courses, number of available PhD positions and grant opportunities as well as the dates, venues, and content of the entry test.

Each PhD will have specific entry requirements and examination for their programme, which will be listed on the Departmental pages. Please note that you may be asked to sit an interview or a written examination depending on the PhD programme you are applying for.

Candidates who pass the entry examination are placed on a constantly updated merit list, i.e. a list of suitable candidates, showing the allocated PhD positions.
Applicants who are admitted to the PhD courses must submit or send to the "Unige Servizio Alta Formazione" the application form by the deadline - as mentioned above all details are to be found in the notice of competition issued in spring.

The PhD regulations are available on the dedicated webpage.

Programme overview


The PhD programme in Economics and political economy aims to provide students with the theoretical and analytical instruments that allows them to understand economics facts, propose theoretical models and conduct empirical analysis at the frontier of economic research. Such instruments are acquired through the attendance of advanced courses, summer/winter schools and seminars organized by the PhD programme, by the Department and by other academic institutions and research centers. Moreover, visiting periods at foreign departments contribute to complete students training in specific fields of interest.

Learning objectives

The PhD programme offers a training on the main economic theories, also with an historical perspective, at an advanced level. Particular emphasis is given to the acquisition of quantitative tools necessary for conducting theoretical and empirical research and to the knowledge of the most common useful software. All courses are taught in English. Main research themes are:

  • Microeconomics
  • Macroeconomics
  • Applied Economics
  • Political Economy
  • Econometrics
  • Statistics
  • Economic History
  • History of Economic Thought

Career perspectives

The PhD programme trains professional profiles able to conduct research activity within academic departments, private and public research centers, consultancy firms, national and international institutions that advise government activities and in public and private organizations requiring advanced economic expertise.

Head of programme

International collaborations

  • Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission, Ispra, Unit of Counterfactual Impact Evaluation (CIE) of public policies
  • Universitè Cote d'Azur (Nizza)
  • Institute for Employment Research, Norimberga
  • University of Nottingham
  • University of Essex
  • Paris School of Economics

Training offer

Teaching activities

Training activities

Dedicated website

To learn more, please visit the dedicated PhD course website.