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EDHEC PhD in Finance - Overview

Abraham Lioui, PhD, Director, PhD in Finance, Professor of Finance, EDHEC Business School

EDHEC Business School believes that academic research has a vital role to play in promoting innovation and constantly raising professional standards. With a century-long tradition of serving the needs of the community, it has defined a ‘Research for Business’ orientation and has spelled out its educational credo as ‘professional development through research-based excellence.’ The EDHEC PhD in Finance is the culmination of this ambition.

The purpose of this programme is to help outstanding individuals become autonomous researchers and lifelong innovators by enabling them to develop the scientific background and skills required to define, conduct and complete research projects that advance knowledge and practices in the financial industry.

This unique programme offers both a residential track for high-potential graduate students who will hold part-time research or teaching positions at EDHEC Business School, and an executive track for high-level practitioners in full-time jobs.

The programme is taught by an exceptional team of international scholars who not only hold prestigious qualifications, distinctions, and appointments but, more importantly, have also made significant contributions to the field of financial economics, furthering theory and impacting practices through research, consulting, and executive education.

The EDHEC PhD in Finance at a Glance


Supporting the efficient allocation of resources across time and space, the financial industry is the lifeblood of the global economy and at the forefront of the evolutions which are dramatically reshaping the world. Its fast-paced, cosmopolitan, and intellectually stimulating atmosphere attracts some of the best and most ambitious minds in science and business.

Advancing the frontiers of knowledge and practices in such a competitive environment demands professionals who are able to combine well-honed critical thinking, extensive field expertise, and outstanding analytical and research skills to exert thought-leadership and introduce radical innovation. At a critical juncture for the financial industry, the need for such professionals and such innovations is particularly acute.

Since undergraduate degrees, professional experience and the MBA may develop this set of competencies only partially, those who aspire to higher intellectual levels should consider pursuing the foremost academic and professional qualification, the Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD).

Programme objectives

The PhD in Finance offered by EDHEC Business School is a research-oriented programme which trains participants to serve as the architects of the financial industry. The programme is designed to prepare talented and hard-working individuals for challenges requiring an integrated view of the inner-workings of financial markets and institutions, a thorough understanding of financial decision-making and its modelling, and the ability to autonomously identify, analyse, and research questions to propose and implement creative solutions.

One programme, two tracks, three locations

The programme has two tracks: a residential track for young professionals who will hold part-time research or teaching positions at EDHEC Business School or at EDHEC Infrastructure Institute, and an executive track for high-level practitioners who will keep their full-time jobs. Executive track participants undertake the PhD in Finance as a critical development step towards senior positions in the financial industry or, when they already hold such positions, to steer their organisations in new directions. Residential track participants typically complete doctoral studies to access academic careers in leading research and educational institutions.

The core courses of the programme and electives are offered in Europe—from London and Nice. Some elective courses can also be offered in Asia—from Singapore.

A well-structured and rigorous curriculum

The EDHEC PhD in Finance implies an intense personal commitment and is designed to be completed over three years. Its structure includes core courses, electives, research workshops, and the dissertation. Core courses equip participants with sound training in financial theory, and state-of-the-art analytical and research methods. Elective seminars and workshops expose PhD candidates to the latest advances in specific fields of their choice. The dissertation allows participants to work individually with programme faculty on topics selected for their academic and industry relevance and according to each candidate’s research interests and professional goals.

A rich learning environment

By concentrating core courses and elective seminars into residential weeks, opening elective seminars to PhD candidates from different entering classes, extending the classroom over the Internet for research workshops, and adapting dissertation supervision to individual circumstances, the programme creates a rich collaborative environment amongst all the participants and close working relationships between PhD candidates and faculty.

Outstanding faculty

Programme faculty consists of world-class specialists in finance, risk and investment management, and economic and financial modelling; it brings together EDHEC Business School’s senior economics and finance scholars and affiliate professors from top research institutions around the world. Faculty members have an outstanding track record of publications in and editing for the most respected scientific journals in financial economics. Their teaching awards and experience in PhD candidate supervision, their prestigious appointments with leading universities worldwide, and their senior-level engagements with large corporations, governments, and supranational organisations, are an equally outstanding record of achievement.

The expertise of a leading research institute

The programme benefits from some resources and the exceptional industry reputation of EDHEC-Risk Institute, the premier academic centre for industry-relevant financial research.

A life-changing investment

The key benefits of the EDHEC PhD in Finance are its outstanding faculty, its balanced structure, its supportive research environment, and its talented and diverse participant body. These combine to create the best opportunities for participants to hone their research expertise and prepare to shape the future of the financial industry.

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