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Asset Management Education - June 25, 2012

PhD in Finance: Unprecedented number of electives available to participants in 2012/2013


Having fully completed their core courses and passed all of their comprehensive examinations, PhD in Finance participants who started in October 2011 and 2012 in the European chapter of the programme, and those who were matriculated in February 2011 in the Asian chapter, will have access to an unprecedented number of elective seminars over the next 2012/2013 academic year.

These electives aim to provide PhD candidates with opportunities to develop a specialisation and acquire additional knowledge and skills necessary for their dissertation work. PhD in Finance candidates must take a minimum of five elective seminars in the course of their second and third years of study and are free to participate in additional electives. Five electives are offered every year both in Asia and in Europe.

In London, Nice, and Singapore, elective seminars are organised over three consecutive days in six-day blocks to give participants flexibility in scheduling and ease management of the demands of work, programme, and personal life.

The bulk of the electives are designed and delivered by the affiliate programme faculty drawn from some of the world’s leading institutions. These top scholars 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.


Electives available in 2012/2013

August 2012, Nice Dynamic Asset Allocation Decisions - Long-term Investing with Short-Term Constraints Lionel Martellini (EDHEC-Risk Institute, EDHEC)
August 2012, Nice Macroeconomic and Political Uncertainty and the Dynamics of Asset Prices Pietro Veronesi, (Booth, UoChicago)
September 2012, Singapore Portfolio Problems with High-Dimension Covariance Matrices Jianqing Fan (Princeton)
September 2012, Singapore Credit Risk Modelling Sanjiv Das (Leavey, SCU)
January 2013, London International Finance Tarun Ramadorai (Said, Oxford)
January 2013, London Portfolio Allocation Michael Brandt (Fuqua, Duke)
March 2013, Singapore Hedge Funds Vikas Agarwal, (J. Mack Robinson, GSU)
March 2013, Singapore Strategic Asset Allocation Jerome Detemple, (Boston University)
March 2013, Nice High-Frequency Asset Pricing Torben Andersen (Kellogg, Northwestern)
May 2013, Singapore Predictive Modeling and Forecast Evaluation in Financial Markets Allan Timmerman (University of California, San Diego)


These seminars are combined with doctoral research workshops at which core and affiliate faculty present and discuss their ongoing research work. PhD candidates participate actively in these doctoral workshops to further their knowledge of ongoing research and prepare for future research presentations.

As with the programme’s core courses, the electives and doctoral research workshops take place in the school’s e-learning classrooms to allow remote participation and/or on-demand multimedia access.

To learn more about the EDHEC-Risk Institute PhD in Finance or to register for an information session, please contact Brigitte Bogaerts at brigitte.bogaerts@edhec-risk.com or on +33 493 183 267 / +65 64 389 896.

The next information sessions and presentations will take place in:

  • Singapore, 10 July – EDHEC Risk Institute—Asia premises – 6.00pm
  • Tokyo, 10 July – Face-to-face presentations
  • Osaka, 12 July – Face-to-face presentations
The next deadline to apply for the PhD in finance Executive Track (European and Singapore cohorts starting early October 2012 and early February 2013 respectively) is July 12, 2012. The number of seats in the programme is limited in order to guarantee the quality of research supervision and early application is recommended.