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.
"A great aspect of the PhD education at SSE is that the close ties of SSE top-tier researchers all over the world provides great possibilities for international collaborations, exchanges and networking."
PhD Finance alum (2015)
Assistant Professor of Finance at University of Toronto
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1. What is the attraction of doing research?
To me the attraction of doing research is that it allows one not only to be curious about a wide range of questions but provides a possibility of answering them with the meticulous and precise language of rigorous theory and elegant techniques.
Choosing the PhD path gives the opportunity to deepen the knowledge and at the same time specialize in something that one finds fascinating, challenging and important.
2. Why choose SSE if you want to become a researcher?
SSE, as a top business school in Europe, provides excellent opportunities for research and studies. The outstanding faculty members of the school create a stimulating academic environment and offer excellent advisory guidance. Moreover, SSE has extremely good connections with other top business schools worldwide, as well as with the financial industry and policy makers.
3. What is the best thing about SSE if you are a PhD student?
SSE offers a wide menu of workshops, seminars and conferences for both academics and practitioners. For a young researcher these are invaluable sources of thought-provoking criticism and commentary that sharpen the focus on up-to-date questions relevant to practitioners and policymakers.
4. What characterizes the PhD education at SSE?
A great aspect of the PhD education at SSE is that the close ties of SSE top-tier researchers all over the world provides great possibilities for international collaborations, exchanges and networking. Excellent research funding allows PhD students to attend courses and present their own research at the international stage.
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 last two 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 offer program research areas in:
- Asset Pricing and Financial Econometrics
- Behavioral Finance
- Corporate Finance and Contract Theory
- Derivatives and Risk Management
- Law and Finance and Corporate Governance
- Market Microstructure
- Mathematical Finance
- Real Estate