The PhD Program in Finance is a five-year, full-time, residential program taught in English. SSE does not offer distance learning, or allow for part-time studies.
In order to receive a PhD degree in Finance from SSE, you must earn 240 ECTS. These credits consist of a coursework component (105 ECTS) and a dissertation component (135 ECTS).
In the first year, the coursework component consists of eight courses (52,5 ECTS) integrated in the SDPE program, and one additional finance course (7,5 ECTS). In the second year, the coursework consists of four finance courses (30 ECTS), as well as elective courses (15 ECTS), where you can take more finance courses, including shorter mini courses on specialized areas in finance, or topic courses in economics. In year 3-5, you will be working on your thesis which is equivalent to 135 ECTS. The program ends with a thesis defense.