PhD Programme in Corporate Finance 2017, Skema Business School, France

Publish Date: Mar 30, 2017

Deadline: May 31, 2017

PhD in Corporate Finance

​This programme is taught in English at the Lille campus.

The PhD in Corporate Finance is a very selective, four-year, full-time programme. It forms part of the activities of the FAIRR (Finance and Accounting Insights on Risk and Regulation) Research Centre.
It is designed to provide doctoral students with a solid education in areas needed to carry out cutting-edge research. Students take advanced courses designed to help them to do theoretical and empirical research in corporate finance. The programme further offers seminars, reading programmes and research workshops. All the courses and seminars are held in English. Our seminar programme is very rich and will enable you to meet top researchers from around the world.

Content of the PhD Corporate Finance programme:

  • Empirical methodology
  • Quantitative techniques
  • Theories of corporate finance
  • Research seminars and workshops


First ​Year​
In their first year (two semesters) students will attend 5 lectures (150 hours): 
  • Econometric programming and access to financial and accounting databases
  • Advanced methods in econometric analysis
  • Auction theory
  • Theory of corporate finance
  • Research seminar
Students will also be required to write a research proposal, which will be the starting point of their PhD thesis. 
Admission to the second year
To enter the second year, students must have obtained: 
  1. At least a B in each first-year course
  2. A successful defense of the research proposal before the scientific committee
Second, Third​ and Fourth Year
The second, third and fourth year are dedicated to the writing of the dissertation. Students may be offered the opportunity to spend several months in a partner university. 
Students must also: 
  • Attend the Finance Lecture Seminars and Finance Research Seminars
  • Attend PhD workshops
  • Follow a reading programme during the second year

​Admissions requirements   

Admission to the programme is based on a previously completed master degree (or equivalent). Applicants should be fully operational in written and spoken English. 
Applications must be submitted by the end of May and the programme starts in September. 

Assessment procedure   

The applicants are assessed by a selection committee. On the basis of the committee’s assessment, the PhD programme director decides who should be accepted in the PhD programme. Decisions on who should be offered PhD scholarship(s)/assistantship(s) is determined by an external committee.

Assessment criteria 

The assessment committee will assess whether the applicant seems capable of carrying out a research project. Accordingly, the CV and diploma/transcripts will be examined, and applicants with outstanding academic background and high potential research projects – for instance, on the basis of their master thesis – will be preferred (see the application procedure document). This is a full-time programme that requires regular presence on the Lille campus. Accordingly, we only admit students who expect to dedicate themselves to the programme full-time.​ 


The fee is payable for the first three years. Thereafter, a reduced rate is charged. For the 2016/2017 academic year, the annual fee is €5,000 for EU students, €10,000 for students funded by companies and for non-EU students supported by a national grant. The fee may be waived for the most qualified candidates. 

Applications must be submitted to: 

SKEMA Business School
Vanessa Van Mael
Avenue Willy Brandt
59777 Euralille - FRANCE
For more information please click "Further Official Information" below.

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