4 years full time, 6 years part time
Choose to start in September 2017, January 2018 or May 2018


Find solutions to the practical problems that market practitioners and policy-makers face.

Develop innovative risk and pricing models and investigate various corporate finance issues facing both public and private companies.

We also examine the roles of banks, venture capital and other financial intermediaries in global financial markets. You’ll work with expert faculty who frequently act as consultants for banks, asset managers, international financial organisations, stock exchanges and governments.

Full-time and part-time study

You can choose to work on your research full time or part time. For details about part-time study, contact us at

PhD or MPhil?

You can choose to study for a PhD or an MPhil. PhD and MPhil degrees differ in the length of the course and therefore in the extent of the research work you can undertake and incorporate in your thesis.

  • An MPhil typically takes three years full time and four years part time. You’ll conduct an independent piece of research but in less depth than for a PhD. You will graduate with the degree title Master of Philosophy.
  • A PhD typically takes four years full time and six years part time. You will undertake a piece of research that makes a substantial original contribution to knowledge or understanding in your chosen field.

If you choose an MPhil, you might be able to change to a PhD during the course of your studies.

How to apply

If you’d like to join us as a research student, there are two main routes:

Find out how to apply for a PhD at Sussex


Explore our research interests and find a potential supervisor.

  • Faculty profiles

    Prof Carol Alexander
    Professor of Finance

    Research interests: Algebra, Applied Statistics, Decision Analysis, Evolutionary Game Theory, Exchange Trading, Finance, Financial Markets, Financial Mathematics, Financial Modelling, Game Theory, Hedge Funds, Mathematical Statistics, Mathematics, Real Options, Risk Analysis, Statistical Methodology, Statistical Modelling, Stochastic Analysis, Stochastic Processes, Volatility Analysis

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    Prof Katie Bailey
    Professor Of Management

    Research interests: Change Management, employee engagement, gender and employment, HRM in the public sector, Human resource management, knowledge-intensive firms, meaningful work, strategic human resource management

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    Prof Constantin Blome
    Professor Of Operations Management

    Research interests: Manufacturing Procurement, Operations Management, Operations Strategy, Outsourcing, Procurement, Public Procurement, Risk management, Supply Chain Innovation, Supply Chain Management, Sustainability: Environmental

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    Dr Ingo Borchert
    Senior Lecturer in Economics

    Research interests: Brexit, Foreign direct investment, International Trade, Service sector integration, Trade in services, Trade liberalization, Trade policy

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    Dr Achilleas Boukis
    Lecturer In Marketing

    Research interests: Consumer branding, Innovation Management, internal branding, Service Encounter, Services Marketing

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    Dr Odul Bozkurt
    Senior Lecturer in International Human Resource Management

    Research interests: employment studies, globalization and work, Green Economy, international human resource management, Japan, repair work, retail employment, skills and employment, social class and employment, Sociology of work and organizations, UK retailing, vintage sector

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    Dr Michael Coulon
    Senior Lecturer in Finance

    Research interests: Commodities, Energy, Environmental policy, Finance, Financial Mathematics, Financial Modelling

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    Dr Des Doran
    Senior Lecturer in Operations & Supply Chain Management

    Research interests: Logistics, Operations Management, Production Management, Supply Chain Management

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    Dr Bertram Duering
    Reader in Mathematics

    Research interests: Applied Mathematics, Financial Mathematics, Modelling, Numerical Analysis, Optimal Control, Partial Differential Equations

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    Mr Robert Eastwood
    Tutorial Fellow

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    Dr Benjamin Everly
    Lecturer In Organisational Behaviour

    Research interests: Diversity management, gender and management, Intergroup relations, Race and gender equality

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    Dr Sonja Fagernas
    Senior Lecturer in Economics

    Research interests: Development Economics, Economics of Education, Law and economics, public policy

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    Dr Bruce Hearn
    Senior Lecturer in Accounting & Finance

    Research interests: Corporate finance, corporate governance, Finance, Financial Management

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    Dr Michael Hopkins
    Senior Lecturer

    Research interests: biotechnology, diagnostics, Financing Innovation, Healthcare, Hidden Innovation, Innovation Systems, Intellectual Property, Managing Change, pharmaceuticals, Regulation of Technology, Science and technology policy, Science And Technology Studies, Scientometrics, Technology Strategy

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    Prof Ranko Jelic
    Professor of Finance

    Research interests: Corporate finance, European corporate bonds, Management Buyouts, Private equity, Privatisation

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    Dr Max Jensen
    Senior Lecturer In Mathematics

    Research interests: Financial Mathematics, Numerical Analysis, Optimal Control, Partial Differential Equations

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    Dr Andreas Kaeck
    Reader In Finance

    Research interests: Asset Pricing, Derivatives, Finance, Financial Econometrics, Risk management, Volatility Analysis

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    Dr Norifumi Kawai
    Senior Lecturer in International Business

    Research interests: corporate social responsibility, expatriate management, global strategy, managerial economics, strategic human resource management

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    Dr Marv Khammash
    Lecturer in Marketing

    Research interests: consumer activism, Consumer behaviour, Consumer health, Consumer studies, digital identities, Digital Marketing, digital media, ethical consumption, Forecast Models, ICT and Digital Technologies, Internet of things, Marketing, Marketing Research, Mobile Apps, online identity, Peer to Peer Computing, Pharmaceutical marketing, Piracy, Psychosocial methods, Social networking, technology foresight

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    Dr Andreas Kornelakis
    Visiting Senior Research Fellow

    Research interests: Banking Sector, Collective Bargaining, Comparative Studies, Employee Voice, Europe, Flexibility, Human resource management, Labour relations, Pay Determination, Pay Systems, Political economy, Telecommunications, Work

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    Dr Julie Litchfield
    Senior Lecturer in Economics

    Research interests: Applied Economics, Conflict and violence, Development Economics, Migration, Poverty

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    Dr Michelle Luke
    Reader in Organisational Behaviour

    Research interests: Organisational behaviour, Organisational psychology, Psychology, Social psychology

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    Prof Emmanuel Mamatzakis
    Professor of Finance

    Research interests: Corporate finance, corporate governance, Finance, Financial accounting, Financial Crisis in Greece, Financial Econometrics, Financial Management, Financial Markets, Financial stability, Public finances

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    Dr Monica Masucci
    Lecturer In Strategy and Entrepreneurship

    Research interests: Strategy and entrepreneurship

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    Prof Andy Mckay
    Professor of Development Economics

    Research interests: Africa, Inequality, labour, Poverty, Structural change and economic growth, vietnam

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    Dr Piera Morlacchi
    Senior Lecturer in Entrepreneurship and Organisation Studies

    Research interests: Artificial Intelligence, Complex adaptive systems and networks, Design Creativity and Innovation, Entrepreneurship, ethnography, Health Entrepreneurship, health technologies, nonprofit organization (NPO), organization studies, public policy, Science And Technology Studies, Social Innovation and Sustainability, Sociology of Work and Organization

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    Prof Susan Newell
    Professor of Information Systems

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    Dr Mike Osborne
    Senior Lecturer in Accounting & Finance

    Research interests: Capital budgeting, Corporate finance, Finance, Fixed income mathematics, Interest rates, Investment appraisal, Project analysis, Retail finance, Time value of money

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    Dr Nikolaos Papanikolaou
    Lecturer in Banking and Finance

    Research interests: Applied Econometrics, Applied Economics, Applied microeconomics, Bank accounting, bank regulation, Corporate culture, Economic Growth, european political economy, Financial accounting, Financial Econometrics, Financial Markets, Financial stability, International Accounting Issues, Monetary Economics, Systemic risk

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    Dr Dimitra Petrakaki
    Reader in Information Systems

    Research interests: Information Systems, Information technology and organisational change, Organisational theory, Science And Technology Studies, Sociology, sociology of health, sociology of technology

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    Dr Matias Ramirez
    Senior Lecturer in Management

    Research interests: Land Use

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    Prof Barry Reilly
    Professor of Econometrics

    Research interests: Applied Econometrics, Development Economics, Economics of Sport, Labour economics

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    Dr Maria Restuccia
    Lecturer In Marketing

    Research interests: Marketing, Marketing Research, New Product Development, Policy, Arts Management & Creative Industries

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    Dr Carlos Sato
    Lecturer in Management

    Research interests: Major Projects Studies, Project Management, Technological Change, Technology and Innovation Management

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    Prof Enrico Scalas
    Professor Of Statistics & Probability

    Research interests: Econophysics, Financial Mathematics, Mathematical Statistics, Monte Carlo simulations, Probability Theory, Statistical Mechanics, Stochastic Processes

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    Dr Vikrant Shirodkar
    Senior Lecturer in International Business

    Research interests: Corporate Political Activity, corporate social responsibility, Emerging Markets, International business, lobbying

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    Dr Josh Siepel
    Senior Lecturer in Management

    Research interests: Design Innovation, Economics, Economics of Awards, Entrepreneurship, entrepreneurship policy, Financing Innovation, Firm growth, Innovation Creativity and Design, Innovation policy issues, skills and employment, Small Business Policy, SMEs; SME finance; SME public policy

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    Prof Chris Storey
    Professor of Marketing

    Research interests: Buyer-Seller Relationships, innovation, Marketing, New Product Development, Services Marketing

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    Prof David Storey
    Professor of Enterprise

    Research interests: Gamblers Ruin, SMEs; SME finance; SME public policy

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    Prof Roger Strange
    Professor of International Business

    Research interests: corporate governance, Foreign direct investment, International business, MNE location, Outsourcing

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    Mr Chris Sykes
    Director of International Summer School

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    Dr Puay Tang
    Senior Lecturer

    Research interests: academic entrepreneurship, evaluation of publicly funded investments, research impact assessment, University-industry links

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    Dr Qi Tang
    Reader in Mathematics

    Research interests: Big Data Analytics, Finance, Stochastic integral-differential equations

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    Dr Shqiponja Telhaj
    Reader in Economics

    Research interests: Applied microeconomics, Economics of Education, Labour economics

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    Dr Shova Thapa Karki
    Lecturer in Entrepreneurship and Sustainability

    Research interests: Biodiversity and Conservation, Conflict and resources, Green Management, Peri-urban sustainability, Social-ecological resilience, Sustainability: Environmental, Sustainable Entrepreneurship

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    Prof Joseph Tidd
    Professor of Science & Technology Policy Research

    Research interests: Industrial Innovation, Innovation Management, New Product Development

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    Prof Hans Van Der Heijden
    Professor Of Accounting

    Research interests: Accounting, Accounting Education, Accounting Information Systems, Enterprise Systems, Information Systems, SAP, Software Development

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    Dr Jie Wen
    Lecturer in Finance

    Research interests: Corporate finance, financial market microstructure, Financial regulation

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    Dr Mirela Xheneti
    Senior Lecturer in Entrepreneurship & Small Business

    Research interests: Entrepreneurship, Entrepreneurship in the Informal Economy, Institutional Entrepreneurship, Small Business Growth, Small Business Policy, Transition Economies

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    Dr Biao Yang
    Senior Lecturer in Operations Management

    Research interests: Inventory models, Operations Management, Production Management, Supply Chain Management

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    Dr Yong Yang
    Reader in Strategy

    Research interests: Foreign direct investment, global strategy, International business, MNE location, Strategic management

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    Dr Xiaoxiang Zhang
    Lecturer in Finance

    Research interests: Asset Pricing, Corporate finance, corporate governance, Finance, Financial Management, financial market microstructure, information disclosure and efficiency, Microstructure analysis, Stock market liquidity

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Entry requirements

A Masters degree. Long-term work experience in a related area may be considered as a suitable alternative

English language requirements

IELTS 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each section.

Find out about other English language qualifications we accept.

English language support

Don’t have the English language level for your course? Find out more about our pre-sessional courses.

Additional information for international students

We welcome applications from all over the world. Find out about international qualifications suitable for our PhD degrees.

Visas and immigration

Find out how to apply for a student visa

Scholarships and fees

How can I fund my course?

Postgraduate Masters Loan

MPhil students might be eligible for a Postgraduate Masters Loan. This is not available for students registering for a PhD.


Our aim is to ensure that every student who wants to study with us is able to despite financial barriers, so that we continue to attract talented and unique individuals.

Part-time work

We advertise around 2,500 part-time jobs a year so you can make money and gain work experience. We have a special scheme to employ students on campus, wherever possible.

Find out more about careers and employability

How much does it cost?

Fees for self-funding students

Home: £4,195 per year

EU: £4,195 per year

Channel Islands and Isle of Man: £4,195 per year

Overseas: £15,100 per year

Our fees follow the indicative fee level set nationally by Research Council UK and may be subject to change.