They’re home to three cutting-edge financial research centres – Essex Finance Centre, BAFA Accounting and Finance in Emerging Economies and the Centre for Financial Econometrics – which produce work that makes a real-world impact across the globe; our research has been cited in the Bank of England, the European Central Bank and the Federal Reserve.
You experience a programme of specialised training, focused on the quantitative methods used to explore markets and financial assets. Seminars and events give you the opportunity to engage with academics and industry practitioners from organisations around the world, encouraging reflection on current economic and business issues.
PhD Finance follows a “three paper” thesis, where you produce three research articles, framed by an introduction and conclusion. Your supervisors will support you to submit these papers to conferences and for publication in international journals, so you can begin to build your international research portfolio well before graduation. You benefit from strong industry links with organisations such as Invesco Perpetual and HSBC. Many of our students have gained internships with international banking institutions and have collaborated with local organisations as part of their PhD.
You can choose to study on a full-time or part-time basis and we also offer an MPhil and a Masters by dissertation in this subject.
Officially accredited and/or recognized by the Privy Council, University of Essex is a large (uniRank enrollment range: 10,000-14,999 students) coeducational higher education institution. University of Essex offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees such as bachelor degrees, master degrees, doctorate degrees in several areas of study.
You can apply until:
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You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.Full-time
The three-year PhD Finance gives you the opportunity to specialise in:
You need the following IELTS score:
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They normally require a good Masters degree, or equivalent, in a relevant discipline. You must also submit a well-developed research proposal as part of your application.
If you don’t have a Masters, our four-year integrated PhD (or 1+3), allows you to spend your first year studying at Masters level in order to develop the necessary knowledge and skills to start your independent research in year two. This option is not available to all programmes, so please contact us for more information.
You may be required to attend an interview/Skype interview and acceptance onto our programmes is subject to research expertise in our department.
If English is not your first language, you must meet IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.
For up-to-date information on funding opportunities at Essex, please visit: www.essex.ac.uk/studentfinance.
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