How to Apply

You can apply through the University of Reading online application system at this link.

Please make sure to select PhD in Finance

PhD applications are welcome for commencement in October 2016

Deadline for applications: June 2016

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.

Research Proposal Guidance

All applicants to the doctoral programme are required to submit a full research proposal of approximately 1,000 words. Please refer to the list of topics we are currently seeking to supervise.Your proposal should give some indication that you know how to structure a research proposal, you can identify the main contributions to the chosen area, you know how to critically analyse the existing literature, you can define goals, objectives and methodologies, and if you need data, you are aware of the sources where you can find it. If accepted, you will be assigned a supervisor with whom you will further define your research agenda.


You should upload the following items to your online application:

  • your curriculum vitae
  • research proposal
  • copies of relevant academic transcripts

If you have any queries please contact our Admissions Team at or call +44 (0)118 378 6497.

PhD Scholarships

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.