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PhD program in Finance

Research attracts people for a variety of reasons: the freedom and the flexibility in work, the challenge of solving problems, the stimulating environment of intelligent people, the possibility of travelling the world and meeting with bright minds, the true fascination of research, and the challenge to develop thought leadership in a specific field. Individual differences spur creativity and talent drives change.

The PhD program in Finance (240 ECTS) follows the standard US format: rigorous coursework in the first two years, and independent work on research projects that will make up the doctoral dissertation in the remaining years. Teaching experience is an integral part of the PhD program in Finance, and doctoral students are strongly encouraged to do some teaching from the second year. Successful completion of teaching entitles to a fifth year in the program.

A specially designed course program, the Stockholm Doctoral Course Program in Economics, Econometrics and Finance (SDPE), is organized by SSE jointly with Stockholm University for our doctoral students in Economics and Finance.

A dissertation from our program typically consists of several essays in one or several fields of financial economics, which are expected to be suitable for publication in international scientific journals – the main channel for communicating research results. A strong track record of placing our graduates in leading academic institutions around the world reflects the strengths of the program and the dedication of our faculty to support our doctoral students.

We have specialized research areas in:

  • Asset Pricing and Financial Econometrics
  • Behavioral Finance
  • Corporate Finance and Contract Theory
  • Derivatives and Risk Management
  • Household Finance
  • Law and Finance and Corporate Governance
  • Market Microstructure
  • Mathematical Finance
  • Real Estate