PhD Programme

The Centre runs a highly successful PhD programme recruiting high calibre students from all over the world.

Key features:

  • 10 new Scholarships of up to ¬£15,000

Entry October 2014

Deadline for applications: 30th June 2014

  • Algorithmic Trading and Trade Execution Strategies
  • Alternative Investments
  • Asset Pricing
  • Behavioural Finance
  • Corporate Finance and Governance
  • Empirical Asset Pricing with Liquidity and Uncertainty Premia
  • Empirical Credit Risk
  • Empirical Market Microstructure
  • Financial Econometrics
  • Financial Engineering
  • Financial Regulation
  • Financial Risk Measurement
  • High Frequency Econometrics
  • Historical Finance
  • Islamic Finance
  • Liquidity Risk
  • Macroeconomic and financial market uncertainty
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Microfinance Scientometrics Sociolytics
  • Model Risk
  • Option Pricing
  • Pension Schemes
  • Portfolio Management and Performance Assessment
  • Quantitative Finance
  • Shipping Finance
  • Socially Responsible Investing
  • Sports Finance
  • Volatility and Correlation Modelling ¬†

We seek highly motivated individuals with an appropriate academic background (generally a Distinction at MSc level in a finance-related subject) from a good university. We encourage applied and relevant research and our strong connections with many financial firms allow students to gain industry experience during their doctoral research, if they wish. Biographies of and some papers written by, our current PhD students can be viewed at www.icmacentre.ac.uk/about_us/doctoral_research_staff.

Every year we offer funding for up to 30 PhD studentships, of full fees plus up to £15,000 living allowance. Scholarships are normally for three years, subject to progress. Successful candidates will be required to provide approximately 60-70 hours of teaching assistance on our MSc and/or BSc degrees annually, always working closely with appropriate faculty.

PhD Entry Requirements

Applicants should have an excellent academic background and have (or expect to have) a Masters degree, with averages at distinction level, in a course containing a significant proportion of finance.

Before applying to the programme, applicants should have a clear understanding of their intended research topic. A mandatory part of the application process is a detailed research proposal.

For more information how how to apply, go to our PhD application page.