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Doctoral Programme in Quantitative Finance and Economy

Programme code: 3125

Regulations: Royal Decree 99/2011

Knowledge branch: Social and legal science

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Organised by:Department of Financial and Actuarial Economics

Management Centre:Postgraduate School

Participant Universities:Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Universidad de Castilla la Mancha, Universidad del País Vasco (Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea) and the Universitat de Valencia (Estudi General)

Programme coordinator:Dr Ángel Pardo Tornero

1st year available places:14 places

Aims: This Doctoral Studies have a clear objective specially designed for studies services of Credit Entitites. The doctoral studies shall, at minimum, guarantee the acquisition by the doctoral students of the basic competencies which are in the Spanish Qualifications Framework for Higher Education, specifically: systematic understanding of a field of study of legal sciences, and mastery of its skills and methods of research; ability to conceive, design or create, implement and adapt a substantial process of research and creation; ability to make a critical and assessment analysis, and synthesis of new and complex ideas, as well as communication with the academic and scientific community and society in general about their fields of knowledge; and and ability to promote, within academic and professional contexts, scientific, technological, social, artistic or cultural advance in a knowledge-based society. The main aim is the development and defence of a doctoral thesis in Finances, in which process the doctoral student must provide an extensive professional training in various fields, especially those that require creativity and innovation. It shall provide skills to cope with contexts with little specific information, find the key questions that must be answered to solve a complex problem, design, create, develop and launch new and innovative projects in their field of knowledge, etc.

Description: There is a strong demand by financial institutions of doctoral students in Finances and Quantitative Economy, as its graduates are becoming real experts in risk assessment. Specifically, 7 of the 21 doctoral students of the programme are currently working in financial institutions (Banco de España, BBVA, BSCH, ITZARRI, FED of Chicago...), while the rest of students have joined different National and Foreign Universities as professors. Given that there are different research lines in this programme, the type of business or potential institution varies greatly. For example, the doctoral students who specialise in energy subjects have as potential interested companies to big Spanish energy companies. Those who specialise in Labour Market, being an expert in applied analysis of this market, may be of interest to specialised consulting in the labour market analysis. Given that other research line of the programme is the Monetary Economy, institutions such as Central Banks (national or international) may be interested in these students. Besides, it has an analitycal component, therefore the estimate/computing needs are, in general, high. In consequence, a clear knowledge in estimate/computing techniques closely related to R&D development of the professional scientific sector is provided.

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