PhD in Neuroeconomics

About the Program

The Doctoral Program in Neuroeconomics at the University of Zurich was launched in 2010. The Principle Investigators leading the Laboratory for Social and Neural Systems Research make up the core faculty for this program, and contribute their expertise in biology, computational modeling, economics, neuroscience, and psychology to make this a truly interdisciplinary degree program.

We offer a set of courses taught (in English) by internationally renowned scholars and world-class research opportunities. There is no tuition, only a small administrative fee (CHF 150.00 per semester) applies. Applications are accepted year round and reviewed on a biannual basis. The application deadlines for being considered for the following term are March 31st and September 30th.

In the first year, students attend compulsory modules in Neuroeconomics as well as Experimental and Behavioral Economics where they become familiar with conceptual principles and state-of-the-art research methods. In the second year, students chose from a range of additional elective courses and seminars, while also continuing to refine their own research plans. These research plans are presented in the form of a written research proposal at the end of the second year.

An important feature of the Doctoral Program in Neuroeconomics is the close collaboration between graduate students and faculty advisors. The program has a strong scientific research focus, with the goal of enabling students to become independent researchers of the highest caliber.