General information about the PhD Specialisation in Finance
Through course work, participation in seminars, presentations, and supervised research, the program focuses on developing the candidates’ theoretical and empirical skills to enable them to contribute to the advancement of research within the field of financial economics.
The PhD degree is a 4-year programme and requires completion of a minimum 10 courses (minimum 60 ECTS credit points), a supervised research project, and a doctoral dissertation. candidates must also pass a pre-doc defense in good time prior to submission of the final dissertation. General information about PhD studies at BI is available here.
Course work takes up all of the first year and part of the second year. A list and detailed description of the courses can be found in the menu on the right hand side. The finance and economics departments at BI collaborate closely and offer a joint first-year course programme in core courses (microeconomics, macroeconomics, asset pricing, statistics, and mathematics). Hereafter, candidates take specialized finance courses taught by faculty at BI in their respective areas of research or at other universities. BI is a member of the Nordic Finance Network that offers advanced doctoral courses and workshops.
Submission and a public defense of the dissertation complete the PhD programme. Completion of the dissertation takes three years and candidates work closely with research faculty in the department and, potentially, faculty at other institutions. En route to completion of the dissertation candidates participate actively in weekly research seminars with visiting scholars and present their dissertation work in a departmental workshop at the end of each year. Candidates work in all areas of finance. A link to faculty members’ research areas may be found on the right hand side.
The department has access to a wide range of international databases available for candidates’ research, including CRSP, Compustat and Datastream. In addition, the department has a unique data set of portfolio holdings of all Norwegian investors, ownership structure of all listed and non-listed firms in Norway, and accounting and market information on listed and non-listed companies though the Centre for Corporate Governance Research (CCGR).
The work in the PhD programme is demanding and only highly qualified candidates are accepted into the programme. The candidates join a selective group of candidates from world class institutions around the globe. All PhD candidates receive financial support when accepted onto the programme. Continuation of the support through the four years of the program is dependent on good standing and regular progress towards completing the programme’s requirements.
The department graduates have an excellent placement record at international and Norwegian universities and institutions, including London Business School, University of Melbourne, University Nova de Lisboa, University of Stavanger, Storebrand Capital Management, and the Financial Supervisory Authority of Norway.
The Department of Finance
The department currently has about twenty faculty members. The department recruits faculty internationally from some of the world’s best schools (University of Chicago, University of Southern California, Berkeley, UCLA, Brown University, among others). Based on the number of publications in top-tier academic finance journals, the department was ranked in the top five in Europe and number 78 in the world (University of Dallas UTD ranking, 1996-2007).
Faculty publishes their research regularly in the top journals of finance as well as in top field journals, such as the Journal of Finance, Review of Financial Studies, Journal Financial Economics, and Journal of Political Economy. Faculty actively participates in international scientific conferences and invited seminars at universities around the world.
The department runs an active research seminar series where academics from the worlds’ top schools are invited each week to present their research giving faculty and PhD candidates an opportunity to discuss their ideas and current research with speakers and visitors.
The department is host to the Centre for Corporate Governance Research (CCGR) which undertakes research in many areas of corporate governance and corporate finance, both for listed and non-listed firms.