Entry requirements

You should have a substantial academic background in accounting, finance or economics, typically at master's level; occasionally we consider students with a more general graduate training in social science. Satisfactory performance in the Department's own MSc programmes may meet the entrance requirements.

Months of entry


Course content

The PhD in Finance programme has two routes - Route one is for students coming from relevant master's degree programmes at LSE, or equivalent elsewhere, and Route two is for those students who have already completed the Department's MSc Finance and Economics or MSc Finance and Economics (Research) programmes or equivalent elsewhere. During their first year, Route one students will take courses in Theories of Finance, Advanced Microeconomics, Financial Econometrics and Forecasting Financial Time Series to build their core knowledge in these areas. In their second year, Route one students will take a course in Empirical Finance together with an optional course. Route two students will take Theories of Finance, Empirical Finance and an optional course. Route one and Route two students attend a PhD seminar in Finance throughout their PhD studies.

Department specialisms

corporate finance, asset pricing theory, risk management, empirical analysis of capital markets, behavioural finance, portfolio analysis, derivatives pricing, microstructure and financial econometrics

Information for international students

IELTS 6.5 overall

Fees and funding


Qualification and course duration


full time
36-48 months


full time
36-48 months

Course contact details

Student Recruitment Office
+44 (0)20 7955 6613