Our DPhil offers students the opportunity to engage with internationally renowned faculty who are here to help you become an academic scholar.
DPhil in Finance students take core courses from the MSc in Financial Economics (MFE) and MPhil Economics.
The MFE core courses are:
- Asset Pricing
- Corporate Finance
- Financial Econometrics
All students are then required to take four courses from the list of MPhil Economics modules, one of which must be Financial Economics I or Financial Economics II. Examples of available course are:
- Behavioural Economics
- Financial Economics
Following successful completion of all necessary courses, and by the end of their 4th term, students are expected to have successfully submitted and been assessed for their Transfer of Status. The transfer process provides the opportunity for the student to discuss their work with two independent members of staff under examination conditions and to receive feedback.
By the end of their 9th term students will be due to complete their Confirmation of Status. This process allows the student to have a review of their work by two assessors, to give a clear indication of whether it would be reasonable to consider submission within the course of a further three terms, if work on the thesis continues to develop satisfactorily.
Students will be expected to attend training, workshops and seminars on job applications, teaching, learning and assessing, interviewing and presentations skills. Students will also be given the opportunity to improve their teaching and research skills by applying for remunerated positions as teaching and research assistants within the school or at colleges.
The doctoral thesis should not exceed 100,000 words. It must be a significant and substantial contribution to the field of learning in finance. As a rule of thumb, it should be good enough to be published in book form or as a series of academic articles. Indeed, you may even adopt a range of different methodologies and approaches. Your contribution can be in the field of theory, methodology or empirical results.