City, University of London

Course Introduction

The Cass Finance Faculty is one of the largest in the world. It comprises over 50 full'time faculty conducting state'of'the'art research in all key areas of finance and it is located within the City of London, the world's most prominent financial centre. The unique and direct access to leading figures from the real world of finance enables us to blend the latest theory and thinking with the latest real'world experience and developments.

Our research covers all the core areas of finance – asset pricing, corporate finance and financial markets ' but also reflects our strengths in accounting, banking and international finance, mathematical finance and financial econometrics, and real estate and shipping finance.

Course Modules

Probability and statistics; Econometrics; Corporate finance theory.

Asset pricing;

Applied corporate finance;

Research methods;

Topics in finance;

The job market.

Start Date:


Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
4 years
Full Time
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD £4,500 Home Fees
4 years
Full Time
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD £9,500 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • You must hold a first degree with top grades (a first or equivalent) in a subject related to your proposed research topic.The following qualifications are highly desirable, and would enhance your likelihood of being accepted:
  • A masters degree from a leading institution with a top grade (distinction or equivalent); and
  • A top GMAT score (700 or more).
  • Our students have a variety of academic backgrounds ranging from Accounting, Actuarial Science and Economics to Engineering, Finance, Management and Mathematics. We are looking for mature, highly-motivated individuals with excellent analytical, problem solving and verbal skills.
  • Please provide details of your intended research proposal in support of your application. This is an important part of your application in which you outline up to two research directions you would like to pursue in your PhD.
  • The research proposal should include:
  • an abstract;
  • the research objectives;
  • the proposed research methodology;
  • a summary review of the relevant literature and current understanding or knowledge; and
  • an indication of how the proposed research will contribute to the discipline.
  • You should also provide an outline work plan for the period of research including consideration of approval of any research ethics implications. You are also asked to comment on why you wish to pursue this research and what you feel you will bring to it. The research proposal should be a maximum of three sides of A4.
  • In addition, if you wish to be considered for a University studentship, you should provide a non-technical summary of your proposed research. This summary should be no more than 400 words.