New Route PhD - Economics and Finance

  • The Department of Economics and Finance is a vibrant, enthusiastic and highly cosmopolitan department of over 25 academic staff who have teaching and research interests ranging across mainstream economics and finance.

Research students are assigned a main and a secondary supervisor and are strongly encouraged to work closely with them and give papers both within and outside the Department. Research students share an office on a hot desking basis. The Department has all the usual databases and software for research.

The Economics and Finance academic staff have teaching and research interests ranging across mainstream economics, finance, and accounting. The main areas of expertise are:

  • Financial markets and corporate governance
  • Development economics
  • Macroeconomics
  • Financial econometrics

This programme aims to educate graduates not only to the high academic standards expected from PhD research but also in generic personal, business and communication skills. Because it extends the usual PhD from three to four years, it develops an integrated range of skills and knowledge that both broaden and deepen the individual’s subject expertise beyond the bounds of the usual research degree.


Your taught programme will promote critical analysis, independence of thought, an awareness of broader issues which create an impact on the environment of research and an understanding of subject-specific knowledge at the forefront of your discipline. The taught element will cover generic and research skills and discipline-specific modules as follows:

Module Code
Module Title
GS5525 Theory and Practise in Research 15
GS5527/31 Research Design, Methods and Analysis (Behavioural/Physical Sciences) 30
GS5530 Research Management, Leadership and Personal Development 15
GS5528 Academic Research Dissemination 15
GS5529 Knowledge Exchange and Research Impact 15
GS5526 Guided Study or Subject-specific modules 30
Total 120

This programme is designed to be flexible and meet your individual needs therefore the modules above may run over several consecutive years allowing you to negotiate your route through the programme in a way that best supports your individual development.

Discipline-specific modules

  • Advanced Financial Theory and Corporate Policy
  • Modelling Financial Decisions and Markets
  • Security Investment Analysis
  • International Finance
  • Financial Engineering
  • Money and Banking
  • Financial Accounting
  • Development Finance

Fees 2014/15

  • Home/EU: £8,250 full-time
  • Overseas: £16,000 full-time

Usual Entry Requirements
Normally a Master's degree in a relevant discipline (Economics and Finance)

New RoutePhD Contact
The Research Office
School of Social Sciences
Brunel University
Middlesex UB8 3PH
United Kingdom
Tel +44 (0)1895 266310/267347

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Page last updated: Monday 06 June 2011