Specialising in governance, finance and regulatory issues, behavioural finance, empirical finance, relationships between financial markets, real economy and the property market.

The Finance group is a very active research group that focuses in particular on the broadly defined areas of:

  • corporate governance/ finance and regulatory issues
  • behavioural finance and in empirical finance, in particular the relationship between financial markets and the real economy including the property market

Staff also foster collaborative interdisciplinary and international research which further strengthens its research base. Staff regularly visit universities in Europe, USA, Australasia and elsewhere as well as hosting visiting staff and seminars.

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Key Programme Information

At a Glance

Degree Qualification
MPhil or PhD

Our Research

The Economics theme focuses on:

  • Labour and energy economics
  • Macroeconomics
  • Economics of health and wellbeing
  • Experimental economics

Economics research is integrated across five distinct research themes in our Business School. These themes are carried through into our Research Centres and current research projects. 

Research Interests

Energy and Environment

Advancing academic understanding of, and contribution to policy debates on, the major contemporary societal challenges in energy and the environment in the UK and worldwide.

Theme Leader: Professor Euan Phimister

Energy and Environment

Theory and Methods

The theme explores implications for methodological, theoretical, and empirical research as well as impacts for policy and practice.

Co-theme Leaders: Dr Chandana Alawattage and Dr Karolina Kazimierczack

Theory and Methods

Property Market Analysis

internationally-recognised research on real estate markets and regional and rural development issues, with findings influencing academic, policy and professional debates in the UK and worldwide.

Theme Leader: Professor Norman Hutchison

Property Market Analysis

Entry Requirements

Applicants for the MPhil or PhD should have prior training in appropriate research methods at the postgraduate level.

Applicants to the MPhil or PhD must provide a detailed research proposal and two academic references from their most recent academic institution.

Applicants for whom English is not their first language must also show evidence of attaining standards in English.

If you think a specific member of staff in Finance would be suited to your proposed area of research, you may find it helpful to contact that person directly to discuss your proposal so you can be guided through the application process in more detail.

View Details of our current staff and their research interests

International Applicants


The information below is provided as a guide only and does not guarantee entry to the University of Aberdeen.

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Graduates go into Public/Private Sector Accounting and Management, Fund Management, Stockbroking, Investment Analysis, Banking and Financial Services and Academia.

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