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What do our PhD students and alumni think of the PhD Program in Finance?
"A high quality of education and a well-structured PhD program characterize the PhD education at SSE. The program is complemented by various mini courses taught by renowned researchers and excellent excellent internal and external seminar series."
Markus Ibert,
PhD Finance alum (2018)

1. What is the attraction of doing research?

The attraction of doing research is that in essence you can explore whatever topic or method interests you. You are highly flexible in what you do and when you do it with little constraints. In other words, research gives you a lot of freedom and you will learn new things every day. A research career also allows you to interact with people that are like-minded which certainly fosters the dissemination of knowledge.

2. Why choose SSE if you want to become a researcher?

SSE has an established PhD program with courses that complement one another, excellent research faculty, and excellent connections with the financial industry and policy makers worldwide. SSE's finance department is ranked among the best in Europe and attracts many qualified researchers (as permanent faculty, visiting faculty, or for a seminar series). Stockholm itself is a beautiful city in a progressive environment with a high quality of living. 

3. What is the best thing about SSE if you are a PhD student?

The continuous and easy interaction with faculty and other PhD students in personal discussions, courses, and seminars. It creates an environment in which it is easy to feed one's curiosity. 

4. What characterizes the PhD education at SSE?

A high quality of education and a well-structured PhD program characterize the PhD education at SSE. The program is complemented by various mini courses taught by renowned researchers and excellent excellent internal and external seminar series. Generous sources of funding make it possible to attend international conferences, organize short term research trips, or even participate in full-year exchanges.  

"The two things I valued most while at SSE were its location and atmosphere. Not only is the campus set in the heart of a remarkable city, but the very nature of the school is the most nurturing I’ve come across. Even though many of its professors are world-renowned researchers, all highly esteemed in their respective fields, they remain approachable – contributing to SSE’s warm, collegial atmosphere."
Valeri Sokolovski,
PhD Finance alum (2017)

1. What is the attraction of doing research?

Freedom, excitement and a sense of purpose. A career in research gives you the freedom to choose what you want to work on, permitting you to pursue what you believe to be important. Research in finance can be particularly exciting because it’s also often directly applicable to the real world. For me, being able to discover more about how the world works and then grounding it in practical application makes the frustration of frequently being stumped worth it.

2. Why choose SSE if you want to become a researcher? 

SSE inspires its students. The Finance Department at SSE is one of the best in the world and it offers an outstanding graduate program. Graduate students are provided excellent training, support and resources. Additionally, the seminars and conferences hosted at the school allow students to be exposed regularly to those who are at the very top of their profession. SSE not only prepares you thoroughly for a career in research, it motivates you to aim higher. 

3. What is the best thing about SSE if you are a PhD student?

The two things I valued most while at SSE were its location and atmosphere. Not only is the campus set in the heart of a remarkable city, but the very nature of the school is the most nurturing I’ve come across. Even though many of its professors are world-renowned researchers, all highly esteemed in their respective fields, they remain approachable – contributing to SSE’s warm, collegial atmosphere.

4. What characterizes the PhD education at SSE? 

I would have to say the supportive environment. From the attentive, approachable staff to the exceptional resources, SSE provides the ideal environment in which to complete your PhD.

"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."
Mariana Khapko,
PhD Finance alum (2015)

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 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. I believe that SSE, with its international environment within the Swedish capital, offers all necessary prerequisites for a great personal and academic development.
Patrick Augustin,
PhD Finance alum (2013)

1. 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.   

2. 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. 

3. What is the best thing about SSE if you are a PhD student?

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.

4. What characterizes the PhD education at SSE? 

Excellence, international standards, research-focus and fun.

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