Why doing a PhD?

A doctorate is evidence of a person's ability to carry out original research in a given area

The aptitude for research and the originality of the subject are two essential qualities which HEC Lausanne strives to develop in its doctoral candidates. In this respect, HEC Lausanne encourages qualified researchers, from Switzerland and elsewhere, to undertake research leading to a Ph.D.

The HEC Lausanne doctoral program offers candidates the possibility of acquiring a high level of knowledge through intensive research training. Doctoral studies aim at developing the ability to complete an independent scientific study within an agreed timetable, to make an original contribution to research, and to add to the body of knowledge in the chosen specialist area.

Undertaking a doctoral program implies a personal commitment for three to five years. It involves a long course of study dedicated to research, the results of which will be presented in a thesis.

Association for doctoral students

PhDnet is a network for PhD students and teaching assistants of HEC Lausanne at the University of Lausanne.

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Doctoral programs

PhD in Economics

The PhD in Economics is managed by the Department of Economics (DEEP), and is a well-established and recognized programme, devoted to providing rigorous training in theoretical and applied economics to students with the scientific passion and a strong methodological background. The programme covers topics at the forefront of academic research, and embraces a multifaceted approach to the aspects of economics most essential to an empirical evaluation of today’s world.

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PhD in Management

The main goal of our program is to attract top doctoral students and develop them to be competent in conducting independent research. To accomplish this goal, the program provides a rigorous and in-depth course of study in research theory and methodology along with advanced quantitative analysis techniques and specialized courses in the student's field of interest. Whether your concentration is in accounting, marketing, organizational behavior, or strategy, our program will provide you with solid training necessary to pursue a career in academia.

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PhD in Finance

The PhD program in Finance is targeted towards the pursuit of academic excellence. It aims at providing an intellectual environment and a curriculum comparable with the top PhD programs in Europe and North America. Our doctoral studies, internationally recognized, are jointly operated across Switzerland’s leading universities and under the umbrella of the Swiss Finance Institute.

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PhD in History of economic thought and philosophy

Doctoral students who chose to pursue a PhD in History of economic thought and philosophy conduct their research with the Centre Walras Pareto d'études interdisciplinaires de la pensée économique et politique (CWP). This research center is part of the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences (SSP).

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PhD in Actuarial Science

The Department of Actuarial Science (DSA) provides a doctoral program for people willing to perfect their theoretical education and aiming for a career in academia or industry. The PhD candidates work with renowned professors in a likable environment of high quality. The research topics are both theoretical (risk theory, credibility theory, financial mathematics) and applied (evaluation of insurance companies, financial markets, etc.).

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PhD in Information Systems

The doctoral program in information systems aims at structuring the realization of doctoral studies conducted in the Department of Information Systems (DESI). By offering the students the opportunity to bring through their doctorate, the evidence of their ability to carry out original research in a given area, our program strives to develop in its doctoral candidates the aptitude for research as well as originality in the choice of the subject.

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Thesis supervisors

HEC Lausanne professors who may supervise a thesis and fields of specialisation.

Consult the list of professors

Past theses directory


General contact

Doctoral School
University of Lausanne
HEC Lausanne
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Quartier de Chamberonne
CH-1015 Lausanne
+41 21 692 36 98

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