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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Banking & Finance

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Why choose this research degree?

  • Make an original and significant contribution to knowledge in banking and finance
  • Obtain research training fundamental to becoming a successful researcher through a rigorous coursework program
  • Conduct research on relevant and contemporary issues, including pricing and trading financial instruments, corporate finance, corporate governance, and interactions with financial markets
  • Produce a high quality thesis under the supervision of a qualified member of academic staff
  • Opportunity to interact and collaborate with leading academics who publish regularly in top-tier finance journal
  • Access the very latest finance research through very high quality academic seminars, PhD workshops, and high-profile visiting academics
  • Be part of the UNSW Business School's vibrant, globally recognised research community
  • Opportunity to be published in a leading international journal

Who is this degree for?

  • Graduates with excellent results in their undergraduate (honours) degree
  • Postgraduates with excellent results in their masters by research degree
  • Postgraduates with a Master of Financial Economics or equivalent academic qualification (such as first year coursework in a US PhD program)

Job and career prospects

  • Academic and research positions in Australia or overseas
  • Financial research and analysis roles

Summary of Program Structure

The PhD program runs between 3 to 4 years, with one third of the time allocated to courses and two thirds toward research projects. PhD candidates must complete

  • Six core courses and two electives
  • A compulsory pass/fail course, Empirical Workshops in Finance
  • Two to three years of research, resulting in a thesis, working papers, and a job-market paper
  • Other School's requirements, including presentations of papers and participation in school seminars

Applied Research Stream

The School also delivers a separate applied research stream in partnership with industry sponsors and in collaboration with the Capital Markets Cooperative Research Centre. Under this stream, PhD must complete
  • Three core courses and one elective
  • A compulsory pass/fail course, Empirical Workshops in Finance
  • Industry placements in agreement with industry sponsors and the CMCRC
  • Two to three years of research, resulting in a thesis and working papers
  • Other School's requirements, including presentations of papers and participation in school seminars 
  • A four year undergraduate degree with honours class IIA or higher in a related discipline; or
  • A strong masters by research degree in a related discipline; or
  • An equivalent academic qualification or level of experience

English language requirements also apply

Information on how to apply for this degree is available at How to apply for a research degree.

To get the most from your Postgraduate research study, spend some time away from the library or laptop, making the most of UNSW Business School's dynamic learning spaces, facilities and student support services.

Get involved and expand your network

Make lifelong friends (and potential research or academic connections) at a range of social events. Why not join a student club – with more than 180 social, cultural, sports and professional clubs to choose from, it's the perfect way to broaden your experience. The Graduate Student Development office is a great place to enhance your career with leadership development.

All the support you need to achieve

As well as in-depth faculty supervision and support, you can also make the most of our study skills workshops and mentoring programs. Our Meet the Executive series offers unique behind the scenes business insights, and there are a number of orientation, leadership and mentor programs specifically designed for postgraduate students.

Stay active on campus

Exercise boosts your mental wellbeing and can help you deal with exam or assignment pressures. It's easy to stay fit with state of the art sporting facilities on campus, including a 50m indoor pool, fitness centre, squash courts and a range of competitive sports teams.

Everything you need in one place

The UNSW Kensington campus is like a village hub, with cafes, bars, banks, a post office, medical and dental centres as well as retail outlets. It's a short bus trip to Sydney's CBD, many beautiful beaches, the SCG and Centennial Park, and movie theatres at Fox Studios.

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Quick facts for students

Program code
1561
Award
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Assumed Knowledge
Finance, Research experience
Study Mode
Face to face
Duration
Full-time 3-4 years; Part-time 5-8 years
Commencing semesters
Semester 1 - March
Semester 2 - July

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