BRUNEL UNIVERSITY LONDON

Economics and Finance

Ph.D  |  Placement Year:   No

Research students are welcomed to Brunel as valued members of our thriving, research-intensive community. A research degree provides the opportunity to investigate a topic in depth, and contribute new knowledge to your discipline.

A PhD involves demonstrating through original research or other advanced scholarship the creation and interpretation of new knowledge, a systematic acquisition and understanding of a substantial body of knowledge at the forefront of an academic discipline or professional practice, the ability to conceptualise, design and implement a project for the general of new knowledge, applications or understanding at the forefront of the discipline. Both full-time (3 years) and part-time (6 years) study routes are available.

Programme description

Research students are welcomed to Brunel as valued members of our thriving, research-intensive community. A research degree provides the opportunity to investigate a topic in depth, and contribute new knowledge to your discipline.

A PhD involves demonstrating through original research or other advanced scholarship the creation and interpretation of new knowledge, a systematic acquisition and understanding of a substantial body of knowledge at the forefront of an academic discipline or professional practice, the ability to conceptualise, design and implement a project for the general of new knowledge, applications or understanding at the forefront of the discipline. Both full-time (3 years) and part-time (6 years) study routes are available.

Key Modules

Graduate destinations range from academic institutions, public sector institutions to private sector.  We are proud of having quite a number of successful career holders, for example  

  • In academics, our graduates are working in the University of Hull, University of Surrey, University of Glasgow and University of Northampton.  The recent employers includes Durham and Sussex.  Overseas, our graduates are found in the University of Heidelberg, Lagos State University and South Western University. 
  • Our gradates are also found in such prestigious institutions as the European Central Bank, Institute of Public Administration in Saudi Arabia, Ministry of Strategy and Finance in Korea, Asian Development Bank. 
  • In the private sector, our graduates are working in such banks as Bank of Italy, Barclays Capital.      
Module & Subject

Macroeconomics

  • Economic growth
  • Political economy
  • Labour economics
  • International macroeconomics
  • Institutional economics
  • Development and transition economics
  • Growth theory and empirics
  • Macroeconomic theory and policy
  • Development economics
  • Exchange rate and small macro modelling
  • Applied macroeconomics
  • Open economy macroeconomics
  • Business cycles
  • Central banking
  • European economic governance
  • Exchange Rate Modelling
  • Applied macroeconomics

Microeconomics

  • Microeconomics theory
  • Industrial economics
  • Competition policy
  • Applied microeconomic  theory
  • Applied Micro-econometrics
  • Labour and family economics 

Econometrics

  • Financial econometrics
  • Econometrics of panel data
  • Forecasting
  • Non-stationary time series
  • Nonlinear time series
  • Regulatory econometrics
  • Time series econometrics
  • Macro Econometrics

Finance

  • Behavioural finance especially momentum, disposition
  • CDS
  • Financial development
  • Market microstructure and asset pricing
  • The impact of derivatives on underlying markets
  • The information content of Director trades
  • Executive stock options
  • Insider trading (general)
  • Determinants and consequences of financial reporting quality
  • Applied corporate finance
  • Insider trading
  • Financial economics
  • Emerging financial markets
  • Global finance
  • Credit risk and company credit rating
  • Behavioural finance and neuroeconomics
  • Innovation and company performance
  • Non- and semi-parametric methods
  • Agency Theory
  • Contingent capital securities
  • Debt Pricing
  • Financial Contracting
  • Hedge Funds
  • Investment Strategies
  • IPOs
  • Performance Measurement
  • International finance
  • Empirical finance
  • Financial crises and contagion
  • Arbitrage in economic and financial markets

Banking

  • Early Warning Systems
  • Banking Crises
  • Bank regulation
  • Banking sector in emerging economies
  • Bank performance

Accounting

  • Financial contracts, auditing and taxation on accounting quality
  • Accounting regulations and financial reporting of SMEs
  • Earning management anomaly and company valuation
  • Behavioural accounting
Entry Requirements
  • A minimum score of 60%- 70% or GPA 2.8/4 - 3.4/4. Offers within the grade range are determined by the higher education institution attended.
  • IELTS: 6.5 (min 6 in all areas)
  • Pearson: 58 (51 in all subscores)
  • BrunELT: 65% (min 60% in all areas)
Foundation Campus
No Foundation
Course Option
Course Duration: 3 years
Course Fee:  14800.00
Course Level:  POSTGRADUATE
Application Deadline 
International Student:   (15,July)
Location
Country:  UNITED KINGDOM
Campus Location:  Brunel University London, Kingston Lane Uxbridge Middlesex UB8 3PH
Intake Deadline
SEPTEMBER