EDHEC PhD in Finance Class Profile

Warm welcome to the new PhD participants

Written on 27 September 2019.


A new cohort of 13 PhD participants has embarked on the EDHEC doctoral programme and on 23 September 2019, the programme management was delighted to welcome them for their first residential week of core courses on the London campus.

Out of the applicants matriculated this year, eleven of them are part of the programme’s executive track and two belong to the residential track. Both will work as teaching assistants, one in the EDHEC Masters in Finance programme, the other one in the executive education team of EDHEC-Risk Institute. 

This class still boasts great cultural diversity. Nine nationalities are represented (Belgium, Chile, China, France, Italy, Pakistan, Singapore, United Kingdom and United States of America); six students are based in Europe, four in the United States, two in Asia and one in the Middle East. 

Participants have solid professional and academic credentials.

They completed first degrees in engineering or sciences (mathematics, statistics, physics, applied management). The other participants have a first degree in business administration, economics and finance. They hold one or two graduate degrees: MBA with major in finance and MSc degrees in financial engineering, finance, mathematical finance, risk management, tax management, applied physics, electrical and computer engineering, and statistics, from reputed institutions such as Berkeley, Chicago, NYU Stern, Wharton…

The proportion of senior professionals is still high and participants work in asset management, corporate and investment banking, financial advisory or consulting or for an end investor. The average age of these new students is 37 and together they average over 12 years of experience.

Without interrupting their careers, the experienced practitioners of the executive track usually join the programme to take a step towards senior positions in finance or positions in academe, or when they already hold such positions, to help them steer their organisations in new directions. During the programme, they work with leading specialists on research of particular relevance to their organisations. 

The EDHEC PhD in Finance implies an intense personal commitment and is designed to be completed over three years.

More information on the profile of the currenlty enrolled participants: https://www.edhec.edu/en/phd-finance/class-profile

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