Bachelor / Master

What is Economics?

Economics provides answers to a variety of political, economic and social questions:
•    How can unemployment be reduced?
•    What are the most effective measures to fight poverty?
•    How do Central Banks influence economic growth?
•    What is social entrepreneurship?
•    What influence do social norms have on our everyday decisions?

At the beginning of your studies you will be introduced to economic procedures and approaches and acquire the necessary basic knowledge in mathematics and statistics. The education at the Department of Economics creates a solid basis for investigating relevant economic policy issues. Current research findings, including those from specialist areas such as neuroeconomics and experimental economics, are incorporated into teaching. You can find an overview of our various research areas here.

Why study Economics in Zurich?

  • Leading Economics Department on the European mainland
  • Research-based curriculum
  • Internationally renowned professors
  • Multidisciplinary approach
  • Biggest university of Switzerland offering an excellent infrastructure in a cosmopolitan city

Wide variety of major and minor program combinations

You can study economics as a major or minor program.
At Bachelor's level, economics can be combined with a variety of minor programs from other faculties. At Master's level you specialize by choosing another minor from the faculty of Business, Economics and Informatics.

We offer the following minor programs:

    •    Behavioral Economics

    •    Economic Policy


In addition to an interest in economic issues and societal contexts, studying economics requires strong mathematical skills. At Master's level, all lectures are held in English, which requires a good knowledge of English.

After you graduate

With a degree in Economics you have a wide selection of job possibilities – our graduates work in the following areas:

  • (Central) banks
  • Federal administration    
  • International organizations (e.g. OECD, IMF)
  • Consulting firms
  • Journalism
  • Teacher
  • Financial management
  • Trainee-programs with banks or insurance companies
  • Research department of private firms
  • Academia

Facts & Figures

We currently have 360 Bachelor's students and 220 Master's students majoring in Economics (autumn semester 2020).