Research course


Queen's University Belfast · Queen's University Management School

Entry requirements

A research degree offers you the opportunity to develop your research skills and prove yourself as a researcher. Queen's is committed to the enhancement of research training and teaching and offers postgraduate research opportunities across all fields of study. The following postgraduate research study routes for this subject area are:


Entrance requirements

Normally a UK 2.1 Honours degree (or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University) and a UK Masters degree in a relevant discipline with a final result of 60% (or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University).

Applicants who hold a UK 2.2 Honours degree (or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University) may be considered if they hold a UK Masters degree in a relevant discipline with the result stipulated above (or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University). Evidence of relevant professional experience and/or attendance at interview may be required in such cases.

Months of entry


Course content

The finance group is an energetic and enterprising research cluster that continuously strives for excellence in both its teaching and its scholarship. The group's research strengths cover finance and financial history, financial markets and institutions and not-for-profit financial institutions. The group has a particular interest in not-for-profit organisations and in financial history. Research students benefit from attending courses and tailor-made reading groups to complete their background preparation in finance. Queen's Management School prides itself on research-led teaching and offers its research students experience as teaching assistants in a variety of undergraduate courses. Students regularly attend the School's various seminar series, which attract leading academics from around the world. Students also present their work at these events, gaining invaluable advice and preparation for the academic job market.

Research strengths

Particular strengths within each of these three areas are as follows:

Finance and financial history

  • Corporate finance
  • Corporate governance and corporate law
  • Historical asset pricing
  • Financial crises, manias and bubbles
  • UK equity markets in the 19th and 20th centuries
  • UK financial institutions in the 19th and 20th centuries

Financial markets and institutions

  • Capital structure behaviour in UK-quoted firms
  • Demographic change and international capital flows
  • Equity, bond, foreign exchange and derivative markets
  • Long memory, heterogeneity and trend-chasing in financial prices
  • Price discovery in bond markets

Not-for-profit financial institutions

  • Credit unions
  • Diversification options for not-for-profit financial institutions
  • Efficiency and performance of not-for-profit financial institutions
  • Networks and co-operation benefits for not-for-profit financial institutions

Information for international students

For information on international qualification equivalents please select Your Country from the list on our International Students website.

Fees and funding

Applicants should refer to the relevant School's website for information. Details may be found here.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
72 months


full time
24 months
part time
48 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Administrator
+44 (0)28 9097 5381