PhD in Finance

Introduction to the Program

The PhD  in Finance at the School of International Trade and Economics at the University of International Business and Economics (UIBE) is a three to four year program taught in English. Students can start the program in September each year.

About UIBE - University of International Business and Economics

The University of International Business and Economics (UIBE) is China's leading university in Economics, Finances and International business. UIBE offers a large number of high quality Bachelors, Masters and PhD in English for international students and Chinese language programs. There are 13,000 Chinese students and 3,000 international students. For more info visit the UIBE page here.

Entry Requirements:

Applicants must have completed a Master Degree program (or equivalent). There is no specific requirement for the M.A. major. Preference is given to students who have strong background in: microeconomics, macroeconomics, econometrics and mathematical economics. The reasonable proficiency in English is a prerequisite for the Ph.D. program.

Applicants must take the entrance examinations for the Ph.D. program recognized by Chinese government. The Entrance examinations include English, Intermediate Economics, Econometrics and field-specific examination. The decision of admission is mainly based on the exam results.

The program allows the transfer of credits from previously-completed graduate course work in internationally recognized universities. The transfer of credits is subjected to the regulations of the Graduate School, and has to be approved by the program director.

Application Deadline

The application deadline is June 15th each year for September intake.

Period of Study

The normal length of study for the Ph.D. program is three academic years. The maximum time for completion of the program is four years. This time limit is counted from the time that the students enter the graduate program regardless of any leave of absence taken.

The University divides an academic year into two semesters. On average, each semester consists of eighteen weeks of normal classes. The first semester of the academic year, from the beginning of September to January, is called the Fall Semester. The second semester of the academic year, from the beginning of March to the end of June, is called the Spring Semester. The School doesn’t provide any course in summer. The prescribed schedule of the Fall and Spring semester are specified in the University Calendar.


Students enrolling in the Ph.D. program must complete the graduate course work with at least 18 credits. For the core courses and major courses in the program, a minimum grade of 70 on a 100 scale is required to be counted for program credit. For other courses, a minimum grade of 55 is required. The average grade of all graduate courses should not be below 65.

The Prerequisite Courses
o ECON 509 Mathematical Economics (I)
o ECON 506 Econometrics (II)
o ECON 507 Time Series Analysis
o ECON 511 International Monetary Theory (I)
o FIN 504 Financial Theory
o FIN 509 Advanced Investment Analysis
o FIN 505 Derivative Products and Markets

The Core Courses
o ECON 600 Economic Theory
o ECON 601 Advanced Econometrics
o ECON 510 Mathematical Economics (II)

The Major Field Courses
o FIN 600 Financial Economics
o ECON 602 Financial Econometrics
o ECON 603 International Monetary Theory (II)
o FIN 506 Financial Engineering

The School requires the Ph.D. students to write the Comprehensive Examination. The main purpose of these examinations is to ensure that students have an integrated knowledge of the relevant subject matter and are thus prepared to advance towards dissertation research. Each student is required to pass four comprehensive examinations, two in theory (economic theory and econometrics) and two in the student’s field of specialization. The examinations are written examinations which are evaluated by an examination board. The examinations are held twice a year in April and October. A second attempt at a failed examination must normally be written in the next exam period. The students who fail twice in the Comprehensive Examinations will be disqualified for any further graduate study.

PhD Dissertation

Students are required to register their Ph.D. thesis once they have finished their comprehensive examinations. A thesis supervisor will be appointed for each student to help him/her to select research topic and supervise the progress of the thesis. Based on the topic of dissertation, the Academic Degree Committee will select a committee of at least three faculty members, including the thesis supervisor.

At the thesis writing stage, the students are required to complete a thesis proposal within the first year of the thesis registration. The proposal must include: the thesis topic, the significance of the research, the literature review, research methodology, and the plan for further research. To evaluate the thesis proposal, the students are required to present the proposal in a workshop. The dissertation committee will determine whether the student has made a significant start on the thesis topic.

The final defense of a candidate’s thesis is conducted subject to the regulations of the graduate school. Thesis examining committee will include at least six members: the thesis supervisor, the Director of Graduate Studies, the Director of the Ph.D. program, one faculty member from the School, one member of the dissertation committee, and one external examiner from other university.

Tuition Fees:

The tuition fee is 70,000 RMB for the program. 36,000 RMB is due at the start of the first year, 22,000 RMB at the start of the second year, 6,000 RMB at the start of the third year, and 6,000 RMB at the start of the fourth year.

Tuition fees of re-take courses and any additional courses taken are charged on a credit basis, and these are 2,680 RMB per credit.

Note: After students applied and were accepted they have to pay advanced payment: 10000RMB. Once the payment has been paid the official admissions letter and visa form will be sent to the student.

Careers and Internships

UIBE places great importance on helping students to find work experience and career opportunities. UIBE was the first University in China to establish an advisory service for international students to help students to get a job and there are a number of opportunities for students to take internships while they are studying and to find a job afterwards. The location of UIBE is close to the CBD of Beijing and the international companies and job opportunities there. There are also some companies that have moved their location to be close to UIBE campus and the students. This is a unique advantage of UIBE compared to other Universities.


Students can stay on-campus in dormitories or off campus in private accommodation, students need to apply early for on-campus accommodation. For private accommodation students can search on


To apply complete the application form and pay the application fee here. It takes approximately 4-6 weeks for your application to be processed and before an admissions decision is given. After you have been accepted you will receive your official acceptance letter visa application form. If you have any questions contact us.

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