About us

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The Department of Banking and Finance (DBF) belongs to the leading institutes in Europe for topics related to banking and finance. It was founded in 1968 by the governing council of the canton of Zurich as "Institut für schweizerisches Bankwesen" (Swiss Banking Institute) as a part of the university of Zurich.

Among the leading departments in Europe

The department belongs to the leading university departments in Europe for topics in banking, corporate finance, financial economics and quantitative finance. Measured by the number of professors, number of issued degrees and number of employees it is the largest department in banking and finance in Switzerland.

Mission Statement


Study programs in Banking & Finance

Every year roughly 200 to 250 students graduate with a bachelor or master degree in Banking & Finance. The department is particularly specialized on innovative methods in teaching. The department belongs to the most experienced institutions in Switzerland in the area of e-learning and blended learning.

Bachelor in Banking and Finance (page of the dean's office)

Master in Banking and Finance (page of the dean's office)

Master of Science in Quantitative Finance (page of the program)


PhD in Finance

The Department of Banking and Finance aims at promoting young talents and offers an excellent research environment and doctoral training to advance the next generation of leading researchers, teachers and practitioners. Outstanding doctoral students receive the opportunity to obtain a stipendiate of the associated Swiss Finance Institute. 

Program PhD in Finance



The department conducts research and teaching activiteis in areas that are relevent for academia, industry, policy and the society as a whole. A particular focus lies on the proximity to the Swiss financial market and the financial center in Zurich.