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Postgraduate research in finance

Ready to start your research career? Explore our postgraduate research degrees in Finance

If you're interesting in taking your existing expertise in Finance into a postgraduate research degree, Portsmouth is the perfect place to achieve your goals.

Finance affects almost every aspect of modern society, from the health of the global economy and the wellbeing of individual citizens, to the success or failure of businesses big and small. In the light of recent financial crises, we're working to prevent repeats of such events.

As a postgraduate researcher with us, you could examine the inner workings of financial markets and financial institutions, investigate the new technologies changing the financial sector, or study the upstart financial services challenging the status quo of traditional banking services.

We're busy transforming our knowledge into research that's making an impact, and our work is helping individuals, firms and governments with their financial decision-making. When you study with us for a postgraduate research degree, you'll make your own contribution to our exceptional work.

Research degrees

Find out about our PhD, MPhil, and PhD by Publication opportunities in Finance below, including how to apply, entry requirements and funding your degree. For more detailed information about the application process, visit our How to Apply pages.

Finance PhDs and MPhils

Explore our pre-approved funded and self-funded PhD projects in Finance, or submit your own research idea. 

PhD and MPhil projects

If you already have a research idea, find a supervisor whose research interests match yours using the Portsmouth Research Portal. Once you've identified someone suitable, contact them to discuss your idea. You'll find their contact details on their profile on the portal.

There are currently no pre-approved self-funded projects available in this subject area. If you'd like to submit your own PhD proposal, please read the information above.

There are currently no funded PhD projects available in this area – for more information on funding your own research project, visit our pages on funding your research degree.

PhD by Publication

A PhD by publication is a postgraduate research degree based on research you've already undertaken and had published (excluding self-publishing) before registering with us.

Eligible research outputs include peer-reviewed academic papers, complete books or chapters in anthologies, and other materials accepted for publication, exhibited or performed. You'll have to submit these materials for examination between 6-12 months after registering with us.

For more information, please visit our PhD by Publication page.

Duration, fees and funding

How long will my research degree take?

  • MPhil: 2 years full-time, 4 years part-time
  • PhD: 3 years full-time, 6 years part-time
  • PhD by Publication: 1 year part-time

How much will my research degree cost?

PhD and MPhil

  • Home/EU/CI full-time students: £4,260 p/a*
  • Home/EU/CI part-time students: £2,130 p/a*
  • International full-time students: £13,200 p/a*
  • International part-time students: £6,600 p/a*

PhD by Publication

  • External candidates: £4,260 p/a
  • Members of University of Portsmouth staff: £1,550 p/a

*All fees are subject to annual increase

Funding support

MPhil full-time and part-time courses are eligible for the Government Postgraduate Loan.

PhD full-time and part-time courses are eligible for the Government Doctoral Loan.

For information on other sources of funding, visit our funding your postgraduate research degree page.

Entry requirements

The entry requirements for a PhD, MPhil or Professional Doctorate include a good honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject and a master’s degree in an appropriate subject. Equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications may be considered. All applicants are subject to interview.

If English is not your first language, you'll need English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

Support and facilities

When you join us, you'll be supported by our Graduate School, alongside your assigned supervisory team, who'll help you get the most from our facilities. The Graduate School will help you become part of our thriving, collaborative research community, and help grow your skills as a researcher through the Graduate School Development Programme, which offers training, workshops and events.

You'll also use our exceptional facilities, including our Bloomberg Suite – where you'll have access to data from Bloomberg, Datastream, and S&P Global, and use the latest statistical software, including Stata, Matlab, EViews and SPSS Statistics.

What can a postgraduate research degree do for my career?

Once you complete your postgraduate research degree, you'll be a highly-skilled researcher with the knowledge and skills to make an impact in many different industries.

Your postgraduate research qualification demonstrates to potential employers that you're an intelligent, capable and motivated person, with provable abilities and experience in critical thinking, problem-solving, project management, communication, leadership and creativity.

After researching with us, our successful postgraduate research candidates have gone on to impressive positions in a variety of fields – with many of our PhD students going on to work as full-time academics at the University, and at other leading institutions around the world, including:

  • The Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport (Egypt)
  • Tianjin University of Commerce (China)
  • King Abdulaziz University (Saudi Arabia)
  • The University of Durham (UK)
  • The University of Southampton (UK)

Current research

Explore the work we're doing in our 3 areas of expertise in Finance research.

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