PhD in Finance at Aalto University, Finland

Publish Date: Dec 30, 2015

Deadline: Jan 18, 2016

Aalto University was created in 2010 as an outcome of a high-profile merger between three leading universities in Finland - the Helsinki School of Economics, the Helsinki University of Technology and the University of Art and Design Helsinki. Aalto University School of Business is the leading business school in Finland. Finland is consistently ranked highly in quality-of-life studies. It is the best country in the world according to a Newsweek 2010 study. Helsinki is the 8th most livable city in the world according to a 2015 report by Monocle Magazine and is 10th in the Economist Intelligence Unit livability ranking 2015.


The Doctoral Program at Aalto University School of Business is intended for the candidates of excellent academic background motivated in pursuing a full-time doctoral program and producing research of the highest international level. The School commits to providing funding for at least the first two years for accepted Doctoral Candidates who proceed successfully with their doctoral studies and research. Historically, all successful Finance PhD students have received funding throughout the Doctoral program.


The Finance Department is strongly dedicated to research, as shown by a stream of research published in top Finance and Economics journals. The Department runs an excellent seminar series and is equipped with all major Finance databases. Many faculty members also have access to unique registry-based data sets from Finland. Close contact and interaction with the Aalto Finance Faculty ensure high quality PhD supervision in the several expertise areas of faculty members. Being a PhD student at Aalto gives an access to the very latest developments in international finance research via the weekly meetings of the Helsinki  Finance Seminar.


The 4-year Doctoral Program comprises course work, research seminars and a PhD dissertation. One and a half years at the beginning of the doctoral studies are devoted mostly to intensive course work that is then followed by research for the PhD dissertation. The core Finance PhD courses are organized by The Graduate School of Finance (GSF), the national PhD program hosted by Aalto University. The local courses are complemented by intensive Finance PhD courses organized within the Nordic Finance Network (NFN), which is a collaborative network for research and doctoral training among the Finance departments in Nordic Countries.

The ultimate test of any PhD program is its placement record. Here the track record of Aalto Finance PhDs is excellent. Our academic placements are London Business School, Imperial College Business School, Catholic University of Lisbon and Luxembourg School of Finance. The Aalto Finance PhD program provides a solid basis for starting an international academic career.


For further details on admission criteria and detailed instructions how to apply, please visit the web page:

Applications will be evaluated by academic departments based on previous academic performance, research potential, motivation, performance in standardized tests, and references. Candidates must be available for a potential interview. The Dean decides on admissions based on departmental assessments.

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