PhD Programme

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

Key features:

  • 6 new Scholarships on offer for October 2016 (up to £15,000 stipend + full fee waiver)

List of Topics for October 2016 Entry

Deadline for applications: June 2016

  • Algorithmic Trading and Trade Execution Strategies
  • Alternative Investments
  • Asset Pricing
  • Behavioural Finance
  • Capital Structure
  • 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
  • Liquidity Risk
  • Macroeconomic and financial market uncertainty
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • 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 here.

We offer funding for up to 6 PhD studentships of full fees plus up to £15,000 living allowance. All scholarships are awarded for 1 year and are renewable for another 2 years, subject to progress. Successful candidates will receive research training, will be required to take relevant University courses on teaching and embed that learning by acting as teaching assistants

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.