Ph.D. in Finance at University of Canterbury, New Zealand


The Department of Economics and Finance in the Business School at the University of Canterbury is inviting applications from prospective students to pursue a PhD in Finance. PhDs in New Zealand are a three-year undertaking in which you write a thesis. Ideally, this will lead to a stream of subsequent publications in academic journals. A general description of doctoral studies at UC is available from the following link:


The University of Canterbury (UC) is a leading research university in Australasia and is ranked in the top 1 percent of world universities. UC’s Business School is Triple Crown-accredited by AACSB, AMBA & EQUIS, a distinction held only by 1% (fewer than 100) of Business Schools in the world. The Department of Economics and Finance holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Institute University Recognition Program and is a University Partner of the Professional Risk Managers’ International Association (PRMIA). The Business School also has 12 Bloomberg terminals. In terms of finance databases in addition to Bloomberg, we have CRSP, Datastream, ORBIS, IBIS World, SNL Financial, ICRG, International Financial Statistics, OECD Library and NZX Company Research.

The Department of Economics and Finance is home to 21 academic staff who cover a range of research areas in Economics and in Finance, and on the interface between Finance and Accounting. Our academics regularly publish in leading international journals.


You have a graduate degree with a dissertation component and a background in finance and/or economics, possibly accounting, mathematics or some related discipline. Ideally you have a high GMAT or GRE score. A background in statistical analysis is a plus, especially if you have coding skills. It is important that you are competent in speaking and writing in English for academic purposes.

Successful applicants will work within a research group that strives for academic excellence. Our academics publish papers on a broad range of topics concerning corporate finance and investments. If you have had papers published already, this will count in your favour.


PhD students may qualify for the Department of Economics and Finance PhD Scholarship which covers tuition fees for up to 3 years of study. Students may also work for up to 20 hours a week as tutors and/or research assistants in the Department. Second and third year PhD students are also eligible to apply for a $5,000 grant per year in exchange for 130 hours of service to the Department. In addition, students with very high GPAs may also be eligible for Doctoral Scholarships offered by the University of Canterbury (see the link below for more information).


New Zealand has been lucky in that Covid-19 has not been able to gain a strong foothold in the country as a result of tight border controls and a strict quarantine policy. At present the borders remain closed for most travellers, but it is possible to start your PhD with us where you are currently living. We expect New Zealand’s borders will open in the next 18 months, which means that an application made now would be feasible and sensible.


To apply, please send to Dr. Warwick Anderson (

- A letter of application, including areas of expertise, research interests, and experience
- A complete CV including the names and contact details of at least two referees
- Copies of academic transcripts
- A research proposal of about five pages outlining a research question or questions and a proposed methodology
-An example of research output (if available)

You may apply anytime for enrolment as a PhD student. However, to be eligible for a Department of Economics and Finance PhD Scholarship for our next intake (with enrolment for the 2022 year), you must apply by 29 October 2021.


The University is situated on 76 hectares in the leafy suburb of Ilam and provides a beautiful environment for study with Christchurch’s iconic Avon river meandering through the campus. Christchurch offers an outstanding quality of life. It is the largest city in the South Island and is the second largest in the country. Christchurch is undergoing a period of major transformation and is home to a number of creative projects and innovative buildings. It is situated close to the sea and mountains and is a hub for innovation and technology. It’s only a short drive to the rugged beauty of Banks Peninsula, the historic French town of Akaroa, the thermal resort town of Hanmer Springs, the mountains and bush of Arthur’s Pass National Park, and the seaside settlement of Kaikoura, famous for whale watching.

The University of Canterbury reserves the right to accept or reject applications on their merits.