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Boying Xu

The friendly research atmosphere, extensive library resources and academic training courses will help to stimulate your inspiration, promote your talent, and push yourself to new academic heights.

PhD Finance and Management

I have been at SOAS for nearly four years since I started my MSc Degree in International Management for China. My research topic Private Equity Investment in China matches my statistics background as well as my strong research interests in Chinese economy and business management. Based on my experience, there are three elements which need to be considered when looking for a good place to take a PhD: the supervisor, the research atmosphere within the department, and the research training and library resources. Regular discussions with my supervisors provide me with great knowledge and skills on how to carry out my own research. A seminar is held weekly which highlights interesting topics and provides a unique opportunity to broaden my knowledge in finance and management topics. You may also obtain valuable advice from both staff and other PhD students. The friendly research atmosphere, extensive library resources and academic training courses will help to stimulate your inspiration, promote your talent, and push yourself to new academic heights. Within DeFiMs, you may also be able to gain valuable teaching experience as a Graduate Teaching Assistant, which will be beneficial for a future career in academia. All in all, DeFiMs is the best place for students who seek to develop their research interests in financial and management topics, specialising in Asia and Africa.