Entry requirements

A 2.1 at undergraduate level and, for PhD applicants, a Merit at Master’s level in a relevant discipline from a UK or other approved university and/or equivalent. You must submit a research proposal of approximately 1,500 words on your intended topic. PhD applicants who do not hold a first class honours degree (if still completing their Master’s programme) or a relevant Master’s degree with Distinction will be asked to pay a £100 application fee (deductible from the first year’s fees).

Months of entry

September

Course content

PhD students within the Finance group addresses academically interesting and practical contemporary issues in finance and banking. Staff research interests include: derivatives pricing and risk management; financial econometrics; international banking; financial regulation; corporate finance; asset pricing and real-estate modelling.

PhD students may join the Centre for Quantitative Finance, which researches contemporary issues in financial markets requiring a quantitative approach. The main role of the centre is to carry out research that fills the gap between academia and current problems faced by the industry, whether in conducting comparative studies on pricing and risk management methodologies, or designing improved financial products that can serve the wider community better, or simply being the first stop for policy makers, hedge funds or finance houses where they could commission quantitative studies on topics they do not have expertise on.

The School currently has 60 PhD students, who form a dynamic and close-knit research community.

National ratings

In the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, we were placed 25th (out of 101 institutions) in the UK for research intensity in business and management studies and 98% of our research was judged to be of international quality. The School’s environment was judged to be conducive to supporting the development of research of international excellence.

The School was also ranked 24th for its breadth and depth of research across the whole community of research active staff by the Association of Business Schools.

Department specialisms

Research areas: Accounting, Finance, Industrial Relations, Management, Management Science, Marketing, Operational Research.

Information for international students

Please note that if you are required to meet an English language condition, we offer a number of pre-sessional courses in English for Academic Purposes through Kent International Pathways (see http://www.kent.ac.uk/international-pathways/)

Fees and funding

We have a scholarship fund of over £9 million to support our taught and research students with their tuition fees and living costs. For more information visit: the website: Postgraduate Scholarships and Funding.

Qualification and course duration

PhD

part time
60 - 72 months
full time
36-48 months

Course contact details

Name
Kent Business School
Email
kbsadmissions@kent.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)1227 827726
Fax
+44 (0)1227 761187