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  • Qualification

    PhD/DPhil - Doctor of Philosophy

  • Location

    University of Oxford

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    4 year

Course summary

About the course

The University of Oxford's doctoral programme at the Saïd Business School offers high-calibre finance researchers the chance to work closely with faculty at the forefront of their fields, to be part of a vibrant research community and to benefit from the resources and reputation of the University.

The Saïd Business School is a young school in an ancient university, but it has already generated outstanding research strengths and our DPhil, which is known internationally as a PhD, offers you the opportunity to engage with internationally-renowned faculty and access our specialist research centres and facilities.

The DPhil in Finance embraces subjects such as asset-pricing and corporate finance, the design and regulation of securities markets, corporate financial policy and the impact of financial markets on real economic activity.

During their first year, Probationer Research Students will be required to attend taught courses where foundational economic theory will be studied. Based on prior experience, these may include, but not be limited to modules such as.

  • Financial Economics
  • Microeconomics
  • Macroeconomics
  • Econometrics

Current DPhil projects and faculty areas of interest are available on the Saïd Business School website.


The DPhil thesis should not exceed 100,000 words and must be a substantial contribution in finance. You may choose from a range of methodologies and approaches, but your contribution in the field of theory, methodology or in terms of your empirical results should be relevant enough to be published as a book, or as a series of academic articles.

DPhil candidates are assessed at the following milestones.

  • Transfer of Status (after 4 terms)
  • Confirmation of Status (after 9 terms)
  • Submission of thesis (after 12 terms).

Students can choose to submit a single monograph or integrated thesis (a hybrid of conventional chapters and papers, or be fully article-based), and will also be expected to complete a viva.

Graduate destinations

It is anticipated that graduates from this course are likely to be recruited to tenure track or research positions in leading business schools, as well as research positions in within the finance industry or research institutions.

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 21,760per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

University of Oxford

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  • Campus address

    University of Oxford, University Offices, Wellington Square, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX1 2JD, England

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