The research in our Finance Group focuses on the workings of financial markets and the corporate financial policies of firms. The objective is to influence financial and regulatory policies and to provide a focused and structured understanding of the behaviour of financial prices within the associated legal, regulatory and economic environments. Our approach to research in finance is entirely quantitative. The four main areas that we research are: asset pricing, corporate finance, and financial risk management. We use several databases to explore these research areas including CRSP, Compustat, Datastream, Thomson ONE, and Thomson Reuters Eikon.
Our Group has strong international links. Our group members regularly visit international academic institutions and present their research at international conferences. We have active research links with the universities of Cincinnati, Vermont, Colorado State, and Connecticut. Members of our group have acted as advisors to organisations such as the Bank of England, H. M. Treasury, Prime Minister’s Implementation Unit (PMIU), Cabinet Office, Ethiopian Ministry of Finance, Virgin Direct, and the Bank of Austria.
We use our research findings to enhance the learning experience of our students. We have gained external professional recognition for both our undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. Our MSc Finance and Investments and MSc Investment Analysis programmes have gained University Recognition Program status with CFA® Institute. As a result, we are able to offer five CFA Program Awareness Scholarships every year to take the CFA examinations. These scholarships are offered to the outstanding students of both programmes. One of our group members is a CFA charterholder. We are also a Centre of Excellence in Financial Education for the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investment (CISI). Our MSc Finance and Investments and MSc Investment Analysis programmes are also accredited by the CISI, and our graduates obtain maximum exemptions from the CISI’s membership exams. Our BSc in Finance was awarded the “IMC Advantage” recognition by the CFA Society of the UK, which means that our syllabus covers at least 70% of the syllabus for the Investment Management Certificate examinations. Being an IMC Advantage partner, we are able to award two full scholarships for the IMC exam each year.
As the Head of Group, Professor Nathan Lael Joseph welcomes you to the Finance Group. Please explore our website for more details on our degree programmes. The contact details of our degree programme directors are also on our website. Our programme directors will be happy to answer any questions that you may have.