Research Degrees in Finance and Management
Mode of Attendance: Full Time or Part Time
Graduate students in the Ph.D. programme of the School of Finance and Management study towards the University of London Ph.D.
To be considered for the Ph.D. 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 an aptitude for academic research.
The full-time Ph.D. programme normally requires three years of study in London.
Students in the Ph.D. programme study advanced courses and carry out research for their thesis. They work closely with their supervisor from the School of Finance and Management and also with other faculty members and Ph.D. 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.
Research training at SOAS
SOAS is committed to providing support for research students. All full-time first year students take one research methods course and one other master-level course, which can be on-campus, distance –learning or, exceptionally and subject to permission, from elsewhere in SOAS or other schools of London University. The students will normally be expected to complete the assignments for these courses, the grades for which will be considered by the Supervisory Committee when progression to Ph.D. status is considered.
Additional courses may be taken in the first year or later as advised by the supervisor, including short courses offered by the Doctoral School. You can choose from a range of transferable research skills options: research writing and presentation, generic methods and techniques for data collection and analysis, language support, research integrity, and academic teaching. SOAS is also part of the Bloomsbury Postgraduate Skills Network, sharing training opportunities with UCL, the Institute of Education, and LSE. SOAS students may apply for research funding to attend conferences and special courses.
Students are required to present their work and to participate in the Ph.D. Seminar programme throughout the year. In addition to student presentations, the Ph.D. seminar also includes “Key Contributions to Management and Finance”, a forum where departmental staff reprises a frontier article that offers essential insights into different advanced research areas.
Ph.D. students are also expected to attend departmental research seminars.
After about eight months of full-time study, the student's progress is assessed by an upgrade committee and successful students go on to year two.
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 Ph.D. 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. The examination is by assessment of the thesis and an oral examination (viva voce) concerning the thesis and the research upon which it is based.
Modes of Study
January and April entry options are by exception available, subject to approval. The upgrade arrangements are similar in that full-time student who enter at these dates will be considered for upgrade to Ph.D. status after nine months.
Students wishing to pursue Part-time study are welcome to apply but will need to demonstrate that they have the commitment and resources to pursue their studies over the longer-time frame that this mode requires.
A part-present option is also available whereby students who are employed by work-places that offer a supportive environment may take the last two years of the full-time programme by distance learning. This mode is being trialed for a small number of students in 2013-14 and further information will be posted here later.