Department of Economics
MPhil and PhD Finance
The MPhil / PhD in Finance will require students to present and defend a Thesis Proposal that is of acceptable quality and scope at the MPhil /  The Thesis must follow the guidelines set out in the Graduate Studies Guide for Students and Supervisors.  A PhD in Finance exposes students to different set tools, courses and research relative to what one would expect in a PhD in Economics  Generally, a student pursuing a PhD in finance would be expected to exhibit expertise in the areas of financial economics, econometrics, asset pricing, corporate finance as well as research in their field of specialisation.


PROGRAMME INFORMATION                                                                                 
Programme Level GRADUATE
Class of degree MASTER OF PHILOSOPHY
OR
DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY
 
Entry Requirement and How to Apply
M.Phil. Candidates require at least an Upper Second Class Honours degree with a strong background in Economics/Finance. Ph.D. candidates require at least an MPhil degree in Economics/Finance or its equivalent.
 
Availability of Expertise and Resources Admission is contingent upon candidates having a thesis proposal compatible with the expertise and resources available in the Department of Economics.
 
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Course of Study Students in the M.Phil. and Ph.D. degree programme are required to successfully:
 
1. Complete a minimum of six (6) credits of coursework for MPhil/nine (9)
    credits of coursework for PhD,
 
2.  Present seminars (2 for M.Phil./3 for Ph.D.), and
 
3.  Submit a thesis.
 
Courses Students in the M.Phil. and Ph.D. degree programme should determine with their supervisor which courses would satisfy the credit requirements. Courses should be completed in the first year.
 
Compulsory Seminar Presentation For each seminar, candidates are required to write and present a paper to be photocopied and distributed before hand on a topic arising out of their research as well as to field questions put to them afterwards. Seminars should be completed within the first year of the programme.
 
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Thesis Proposal
Candidates are required to present and defend a Thesis Proposal of acceptable scope and quality for the degree. The Thesis must follow the guidelines set out in the documentation provided by the School for Graduate Studies and Research. Candidates should also determine whether the materials for the thesis, or a substantial part thereof, are available either in the Main Library here at Cave Hill or elsewhere locally or regionally. The candidate should also determine whether it may be necessary to travel abroad in pursuit of these objectives and how the necessary financial support to accomplish this might be obtained. The Proposal, a minimum of five pages (double-spaced, excluding bibliography) should include the following information:
 
•   The working title of the thesis which may be subject to further revision or exact specification as your research proceeds. However, even at this stage, the  goal should be to describe your project as clearly and as accurately as possible.
 
•  A definition of the subject agreed upon by both the candidate and the potential Supervisor. This should include a statement of the specific issue or 'thesis’ to be investigated.
 
•  An account of the existing state of scholarship on the subject, a justification of the undertaking of such a project, as well as an indication of its potential  contribution to knowledge in this area.

•  A tentative list of the divisions, phases or chpaters into which the thesis will fall so far as the candidate can see them at this stage of his/her work.

•  A slelective bibliography which should follow the guidelines prescribed by the latest edition of the Chicago Manual of Style.  The bibliography should adumbrate the primary sources (authors,textx, editions, etc) and the chief secondary sources which bear most clearly upon the subject.  The proposal should be formally sent to the Department's Coordinator of Graduate Studies for review.  Candidates will be informed in due course of the date of their defence after which candidates will be informed whether the Proposal has heen accepts as is.
Contact Details If you have questions about our MPhil and PhD Programme, please email Dr. Winton Moore or call 246-417-4277.
 

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Department of Economics
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