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Economics - Finance (PhD - MPhil) - At the institution - London - Greater London
The PhD/MPhil programme aims to train you to conduct research of a high academic standard and to make original contributions to the subject. The programme involves both coursework and research training, but its major component is the preparation of a substantial research thesis. The thesis should demonstrate a sound understanding of the main issues in the area and add to existing knowledge. Economics and finance at Birkbeck has acquired an excellent reputation, not only for the quality of its research but also for the quality of its training. The Treasury, the Bank of England and many other employers hire us to train their staff. Employers recognise the quality of Birkbeck graduates in economics and finance. We take students who are determined to succeed and are prepared to undergo the rigours of a first-class training, whether they are studying full-time or part-time. We aim to produce world-class graduates who have a proven record of success in a tough learning environment.
Entry requirements MSc in economics or equivalent, with distinction or good pass. Demonstrable qualities, such as good time management and the ability to cope under pressure, are vital.
Economics / Finance (PhD / MPhil)
Staff research areas
Current research interests include: macroeconomics, econometrics, finance, commodities, international economics, and economic theory.
As a research student, you will be jointly trained during the first year of PhD study by Birkbeck and University College London, as part of the Bloomsbury PhD Programme.
Within staff-guided courses in research methods you will have the chance to read, present and discuss papers on topics including: economic theory, empirical microeconomics, macroeconomics, and finance. You will also take at least two MSc option courses, and your first-year final mark will be based on class presentations and a take-home examination.
After Year 1, you will attend weekly PhD seminars, where you will have the opportunity to present the results of your research and work closely with your supervisor on a thesis.
Teaching opportunities are also available.
The London Graduate School in Mathematical Finance is a consortium of the mathematical finance groups of Birkbeck, Imperial College, King's College and the London School of Economics. Its primary purpose is to provide a programme of advanced courses in mathematical finance, primarily for first-year PhD students in the various groups.