PhD Studentship: Empirical Finance

University of Southampton - Department of Banking and Finance (DBF)

Southampton Business School has studentships available for postgraduate research students admitted full-time onto its PhD programme and commencing their studies in October 2018. 

The Department of Banking and Finance (DBF) seeks to recruit excellent PhD students to conduct research in Empirical Finance. Our PhD students play a very important role in the department in propelling forward novel research at the same time as their own career potential. Within the Department (DBF) sits the Centre of Digital Finance which has a growing reputation of conducting and publishing cutting edge research in the area of digital finance.  Therefore, we are interested in recruiting students in areas of interest to the Department such as high frequency trading, investor sentiment, cryptocurrencies, the blockchain, investments strategies and behavioural finance. Finally, we also welcome applications for research into the impact of pensions for corporates, the costs imposed by pension fund providers and investment return performance in the pensions industry.

Research in this subject area is currently undertaken by members of the Department of Banking and Finance and the related Centre for Banking Finance and Sustainable Development (CBFSD) and Computational Finance and Business Analytics (CFBA) Research Centre

Please ensure that in the online application form you enter in the dedicated spaces:

  • The title of the research area: “Empirical Finance
  • For funding, that you wish to be considered for the 2018/2019 Faculty PGR Scholarship

Further Information: 

  • The successful candidate will start on 1 October 2018. The scholarship will offer full tuition fee and maintenance funding for 3 years. The doctoral stipend for 2017/18 is currently £14,000.
  • This studentship is only available for full time programmes and is open to applicants from the UK, the EU and overseas.
  • As part of the application you will be required to submit a CV, research proposal, degree certificate and transcripts, two academic references and proof of English language proficiency.
  • The deadline for applications is 15 February 2018. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
  • Shortlisted candidates will be informed of interview arrangements between February and March 2018.
  • The awards will be allocated by end of April, with the outcome being communicated to the candidates in May.

If you wish to discuss any details of the studentship informally, please contact:

For specific research subject enquiries (i.e. research proposal):

For general programme enquiries:

For general administrative enquiries (i.e. submission of the application online, documents required, deadlines, etc.)

  • Postgraduate Research Admissions, Faculty of Business, Law and Art. Email: Telephone: +44(0)23 8059 2562.

To apply please follow the ‘Apply’ link on the following webpage:

PhD Business Studies & Management: 

Please mention reference FBLA-BUS-011 in the scholarship section of your application.

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