Research course


University of Essex · Essex Business School

Entry requirements

Masters degree in research subject area.

PhD, MPhil and MRes.

Months of entry

January, April, October

Course content

Our PhD Finance specialises in econometric methods, behavioural finance, corporate finance, banking and international finance and risk management. As well as providing a programme of training and events focussing on a range of quantitative methods available to explore markets and financial assets, our doctoral students have the opportunity to engage with practitioners through events and seminars that actively encourage reflection and interaction on the current economic climate, such as the seminar series focussing on risk management in the banking sector.

During your three-year programme, you follow a 'three paper' thesis, where three research articles will be produced, framed by an introduction and conclusion. You are encouraged submit your papers to conferences and for publication in international journals with the support of their supervisors. With an enviable rate of successful doctoral completion within a four-year period and recent graduates are currently working for the Royal Bank of Scotland, Price Waterhouse Coopers, University of Bristol, University of Southampton, University of St Andrews, Xiamen University, and South China University, among others, our banking and finance group has a strong record in doctoral education.

We also offer an MPhil and a Masters by dissertation in this subject and part-time research study is also available.

Our Essex Business School has an international reputation for cutting-edge research in accounting, finance, management and entrepreneurship. This was confirmed when we were ranked second in the UK for accounting and finance research, with 95 percent of our research graded as of international quality. Our work is informed by a broad range of social science theories and concepts, much of it addressing the important issues currently being faced by commercial businesses, public sector bodies and not-for-profit organisations.

We are recognised for being at the forefront of research in: business ethics and corporate social responsibility; organisation studies; leadership and strategy; finance and banking; risk management; and international management. Many of our academic staff have world class research reputations and have written about, or worked, in, a wide range of organisations and this experience is incorporated into your learning experience within our School.

Department specialisms

Research supervision includes: accounting history/theory/research; auditing; business strategy; finance; human resource management; management; marketing and consumer behaviour; social/public sector accounting.

Information for international students

IELTS 6.5.

Fees and funding

We offer many funding opportunities to support talented postgraduates, ranging from research council studentships and University scholarships to awards funded by charities and other external organisations. For more information, visit our website at:

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


part time
48 months
full time
24 months

Course contact details

Graduate Administrator
+44 (0)1206 873 505