Research Degrees: Finance and Management
On Campus Programme
Graduate students in the PhD programme of the Department of Financial and Management Studies study towards the University of London PhD.
To be considered for the DeFiMS PhD programme in finance or management students must already have completed a good Masters degree in a relevant discipline and been awarded high grades. They must also submit an initial research proposal that demonstrates aptitude for academic research.
The full-time PhD programme normally requires three years of study in London.
To apply online or download a copy of the application form, please view the Admissions web pages on How To Apply.
The DeFiMS PhD programme provides supervision in a number of fields within finance and management. We concentrate on topics in fields which are actively being researched by faculty members. Currently the five principal areas are: corporate governance, finance, law, and regulation (in developed and developing countries) and sustainable development and agribusiness.
- Corporate governance: finance, law, and regulation (in developed and developing countries)
- Corporate finance: determinants of firms' capital structure
- Finance and economic growth
- Financial regulation, central banking and bank supervision
- Management in China; Management in Japan; and Management in the Middle East and North Africa
View Current and Past PhD Theses in Finance and Management Studies
View Working Papers by DeFiMS Staff
Academic Staff and their Research Areas
Dr Mathew Haigh Bcom Mcom PhD (Macquarie) CA
Energy Policy, carbon financing, social accounting, the semiology of business and accounting, postcolonial approaches to managed investment, nineteenth-century studies, art history
Dr Yothin Jinjarak BA (Thammasat) PhD (UC Santa Cruz)
International macroeconomics and finance
Dr Nigel Poole BSc(Notts) MSc, PhD (London)
Agrifood systems organisation and performance, addressing:
- marketing, information and market coordination
- management of natural resources and derived products
- small business development and problems of producer organisations
- value chain approaches to market development
Dr Helen Macnaughtan BA (Waikato) MA PhD (London)
Middle East: economic problems of the Middle East; land productivity and holding size in Egypt; political economy of agrarian change
Professor Pasquale Scaramozzino Laurea (Rome) MSc (Econ) PhD (London)
Applied Econometrics, Capital Structure, Investment.
Dr Huan Zou BA LLB (Peking) PhD (Manchester)
International market entry strategies; international acquisitions; international entrepreneurship; knowledge learning; venture capitals in emerging markets.
The Department has one Doctoral Scholarships for which UK/EU students have priority. This scholarship will provide remission of the tuition fees. Students must possess or expect to get Distinction (for overseas qualifications, they must be in the top rank). If there is no deserving UK/EU candidate it may be awarded to an overseas candidate on the same terms.
There are also 2 SOAS Research Scholarships that Defims can apply for competitively within the Faculty. These provide remission of tuition fees at the UK/EU rate and a maintenance allowance of £12,470 (2011/12 rate). Open to both Home/EU and overseas (For students paying the higher (overseas) tuition fees, the remaining tuition fees payable will normally be deducted from the maintenance allowance). Students must possess or expect to get Distinction (for overseas qualifications, they must be in the top rank).
Further information is available from: http://www.soas.ac.uk/registry/scholarships/
Students in the PhD programme study advanced courses and carry out research for their thesis. They work closely with their supervisor from DeFiMS faculty and also with other DeFiMS faculty members and PhD students.
The first year of the programme involves research training seminars and advanced courses. At the same time, students work with their supervisor to develop a detailed research proposal, undertake the first stages of research and write some draft sections to outline the main arguments of the thesis.
At the heart of the training is the Advanced Topics in Finance & Management course. It is designed to provide the analytical tools required by students for gaining an advanced understanding of recent developments in these disciplines and for carrying out high-level research. It is assessed by examination.
Students on the PhD programme may also attend individual courses from Masters programmes to strengthen competence in a specific subject.
PhD programme students also participate in two weekly research forums during the whole of their degree. In one, the weekly Research Workshop in Finance & Management, research students and faculty members present and discuss their research papers and work in progress. In the other, the CeFiMS Seminars in Finance & Management invited academics and CeFiMS faculty present and discuss their research.
In their second year full time students carry out detailed research which usually includes gathering and processing data. Some research for this purpose may be carried out overseas if required. During the year students write draft chapters of their thesis and discuss them with their supervisor.
Full time students for the PhD would complete their research and write a final draft or near final draft of the thesis.
Any work at this stage normally involves redrafting chapters of the thesis to achieve the standards of publications. The examination must normally be completed in this year. Examination is by assessment of the thesis and an oral examination (viva voce) concerning the thesis and the research upon which it is based.
How to apply
How to apply
- Research Admissions and Applications
- Online Application
- Funding options
- English language requirements
- Tuition Fees
- Admissions Contacts
- Doctoral School
Application Deadline: 2014-01-31 17:00
Application Deadline: 2014-05-23 17:00
A Student's Perspective
Part of the reason I chose SOAS over others is because it offered the Islamic Banking and Finance elective module. This is a one-of-a-kind class and an interesting subject that only SOAS offers. My hope is that the knowledge attained in this class will make me more suited for international corporate jobs that deal with the states that are a part of the Gulf Cooperation Council.