PhD Program in Finance
The SSE 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 last two years.
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.
We offer program research areas in:
- Corporate Finance and Contract Theory
- Law and Finance and Corporate Governance
- Asset Pricing and Financial Econometrics
- Derivatives and Risk Management
- Behavioral Finance
- Market Microstructure
- Real Estate
- Mathematical 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.
I believe that SSE, with its international environment within the Swedish capital, offers all necessary prerequisites for a great personal and academic development
Assistant Professor of Finance at McGill University
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What is the attraction of doing research?
Research is both challenging and stimulating. If you are passionate about a topic and have a curious mind, it gives you a lot of flexibility in trying to understand the world. You are free to pursue the research questions of your choice and to choose how to analyze them. The challenge of finding answers to questions in an economic and financial environment that is constantly evolving makes research an exciting profession.
Why choose SSE if you want to become a researcher?
The PhD curriculum at SSE is structured in the same way as programs in top US business schools: two-years of solid course work in both economics and finance, followed by two years of independent research. The joint doctoral program in economics and finance between the Stockholm School of Economics and Stockholm University assembles a critical mass of people to allow for a rich exchange among students. It also allows for a broad course offering in various specializations. From a research perspective, SSE has an outstanding faculty with world-class professors and there is a regular flow of internationally renowned scholars visiting the school. The yearly visit of the Nobel laureates in economics is just one example among many.
Every week, there are several internal and external seminars in both finance and economics that allow students to get exposure to a broad variety of research. The Swedish House of Finance, which was created during the end of my PhD studies, was an inspiring place for me to do research in so many ways. In addition to this strong local base, I benefited from other regional collaborative programs, such as the Nordic Finance Network, providing platforms for feedback on my research. Career aside, Stockholm is just a fantastic city that offers a great quality of life.
What is the best thing about SSE if you are a PhD student?
I developed both a personal and professional relationship with my advisors and PhD peers. I believe that SSE, with its international environment within the Swedish capital, offers all necessary prerequisites for a great personal and academic development.
What characterizes the PhD education at SSE?
Excellence, international standards, research-focus and fun.
Life as a PhD student
As a PhD student you are highly integrated in the SSE research environment. You will conduct research at one of the departments at SSE, or belong to a research group at one of the affiliated Institutes, or research centers, depending on your specialization and field of research interest.
Besides the shared office at SSE, you also have full access to premises, library, and IT resources. You attend and give presentations at the seminar series of your department and are welcome to attend seminars at other departments.
As a doctoral student you have access to travel grants so that you can conduct research abroad and participate actively at international conferences. At the same time your student status gives you access to the many discounts offered by membership in the Student Association of the Stockholm School of Economics, such as student housing, discounted student fares for public transportation, and rebates in stores, restaurants, museums, and sport club memberships.
With its inner city location, SSE does not have a traditional campus, but the activities of the entire city of Stockholm are easily within your reach, including day courses, seminars, and workshops held at other Stockholm universities.