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PhD program

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) program offered by the Finance Discipline Group (FDG) focuses on research topics in the broad areas of Financial Market Modelling, Market Microstructure, Quantitative Finance, Corporate Finance and Banking. 
 
The program normally requires three to four years to complete. Typically, the first year is spent on coursework determined in conjunction with their supervisor, following which PhD students undertake original research resulting in a thesis with three publishable research papers. Depending on their specialisation, FDG PhD students can take courses in the areas of Empirical Finance, Finance Theory, Market Microstructure, Behavioural Finance, Numerical and Computational Methods in Finance, Probability Theory and Stochastic Analysis, Derivatives Pricing, Financial Econometrics, Financial Risk Management and Corporate Finance. Several courses are offered by the Financial Research Network (FIRN) National PhD Program
 
In undertaking their research, FDG PhD students are offered opportunities to interact and collaborate with experienced researchers from the FDG, as well as, from other discipline groups and institutions. Students are exposed to cutting-edge research by global finance scholars through the FDG Finance Seminar Series and participation in faculty-lead pre-seminar workshops. Students also have opportunities to interact with distinguished visiting academics. Twice a year, the FDG holds a one-day event, open to all faculty members, where PhD students have their doctoral assessment presentations and receive feedback by senior faculty members, experienced researchers and their peers. 
 
FDG PhD students receive financial support to present at national and international conferences and they have access to the leading research databases. Students are encouraged to undertake teaching and research assistant positions. A range of scholarships are available on competitive basis, including the Capital Markets Cooperative Research Centre (CMCRC) for industry-based research projects.    
 
For more information on research degrees in the UTS Business School, including Expressions of Interest, How to Apply, Scholarships and Important Dates please click here.
 
You might also want to look at the thesis topics and read the testimonials of our current and past research degree students.
 
The FDG PhD coordinator is Dr. Christina Nikitopoulos.