We provide a vibrant research environment so our PhD students publish papers in prestigious international conferences and often attract the attention of industry and government; one of our PhD students was recently invited to present their research on term structure models to the Bank of England and many others get the opportunity to directly apply their research through internships at investment banks and hedge funds.
Our graduates have gone on to become quantitative analysts, portfolio managers and software engineers at various institutions, including major investment banks like HSBC and Mitsubishi UFJ Securities.
Why study PhD Computational Finance at Essex?
Our Centre for Computational Finance and Economic Agents is an innovative and laboratory-based teaching and research centre, with an international reputation for leading-edge, interdisciplinary work combining economic and financial modelling with computational implementation.
We are supported by Essex’s highly rated Department of Economics, School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering, and Essex Business School. Our research is geared towards practical applications, and many of our academic staff have experience of applying their findings in industry and in advising the UK government.
You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.Full-time
Within CCFEA, our PhD students are normally jointly supervised by academic staff in two of our constituent departments, in order to give you an interdisciplinary perspective to your topic of research.
How you will study
The aim of undertaking your PhD within CCFEA is to become trained as am independent researcher who can critically assess other research work, and have a comprehensive knowledge of their subject area.
Seminars and conferences
Within CCFEA, we host advanced workshops and seminars by experts in the area of computational finance and economics, so you have the opportunity to attend lectures given by practitioners, including senior staff from HSBC, Olsen Ltd, Royal Bank of Scotland and the Financial Services Authority.
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