Our doctoral school, one of the best in Europe, produces graduates who successfully compete in the international academic market, research institutes, research-oriented international organizations (e.g. the World Bank or IMF), and the research departments of large banks and consulting/auditing firms. For instance, some of our graduates have been hired as assistant professors at highly-ranked institutions such as UCLA, IESE, HEC Paris, or the University of Vienna, inter alia.

With that objective in mind, we will equip you with cutting-edge training though a rich offering of doctoral courses, both in-house and in partner institutions. We’ll also train you to communicate effectively your research results.

Thesis work is geared toward the production of working papers for submission to high-level academic journals. For instance, our Ph.D students have had thesis papers accepted in top-ranked journals like the Academy of Management Journal, the Journal of Economic Theory, the Review of Financial Studies or the Journal of Political Economy.

Admission into the program is highly competitive; however, once in, we encourage collaboration between Ph.D students, e.g. in the form of jointly-authored papers. The atmosphere is congenial and supportive in seminars, workshops and informal interaction with other graduate students and faculty. You will enjoy close and supportive thesis supervision by faculty at the frontier of research in their fields and with an open-door culture for graduate students.

Everything is set up to ensure that all reach the finish line within the set period of five years; for instance, we offer highly generous stipends and financing for conference presentations abroad.

Add to that a quality of life that only Switzerland can offer, and you’ll quickly realize that HEC Lausanne is a great place to do a Ph.D. Just apply! You’ll love it here, like we all do.

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The Doctoral School of the Faculty of Business and Economics (HEC) provides 7 different programs:


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HEC Lausanne Doctoral School
University of Lausanne
Anthropole 3035
CH-1015 Lausanne

+41 21 692 34 51

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