Behavioral finance is a new flourishing area of finance that analyzes the psychology of investing. This seminar explains how psychological factors influence investment decisions and when such decisions deviate from the paradigm of rational decision making.

Target audience

The seminar is designed for client advisors and financial planners from banks, pension funds and family offices as well as people interested in Behavioral Finance.


Participants have a graduate degree and several years of working experience. They are expected to have good knowledge in English.


The seminar will strengthen its participants’ advisory competence by enhancing their knowledge with latest insights from Behavioral Finance research. They develop expertise on differentiating between rational and irrational decisions. The course widens their proficiency in assessing client’s risk profile.

Course director

Prof. Dr. Thorsten Hens, Department of Banking and Finance, University of Zurich


Prof. Dr. Enrico De Giorgi Professor of Mathematics University of St. Gallen
Prof. Dr. Thorsten Hens Professor of Financial Economics Department of Banking and Finance UZH
Dr. Kremena Bachmann Senior Assistant Department of Banking and Finance UZH
Dr. Stefan Zeisberger Senior Assistant Department of Banking and Finance UZH
Dieter Niggeler, MA UZH Associate Lecturer Department of Banking and Finance UZH


written exam


Attestation of participation (3 ECTS)
The credits can be transferred to the DAS in Finance and the MAS in Finance.


Classroom (attendance required)

Place & Date

Course duration: August 29, 2018 - September 14, 2018

Event Date Time Place
Lecture August 29, 2018 09.00 - 17.30 Zurich
Lecture August 30, 2018 09.00 - 17.30 Zurich
Lecture August 31, 2018 09.00 - 17.30 Zurich
Exam September 14, 2018 15.00 - 17.00 Zurich

Application deadline: August 15, 2018


CHF 2'700.- covering tuition and course materials