PhD Scholarships in Financial Crime, Corporate Accountability, Economics and Finance

Eligibility: UK/EU/International students with the required entry requirements

Award Details: Eight (8) studentships covering up to the full amount of Home/EU fees and bursary are available during 2018/19 and will be awarded on a competitive basis.

Duration: Full-Time – 3.5 years fixed term

Application deadline(s): 

  • 15th of November 2018 (Starting in January 2019) for International applicants
  • 10th of December 2018 (Starting in January 2019) for Home/EU applicants
  • 31st of January 2019 (Starting in May 2019) for International applicants
  • 31st of March 2019 (Starting in May 2019) for Home/EU applicants

Interview dates: Interview dates will be confirmed to shortlisted candidates

Start date: There are two separate starting dates for this funded PhD programme:

  • January 2019
  • May 2019

Informal enquiries are essential before application; contact Dr Panagiotis Andrikopoulos to discuss this opportunity.


Coventry University has been voted ‘Modern University of the Year’ three times running by The Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide. Ranked in the UK’s top 12 (Guardian University Guide), we have a global reputation for high quality teaching and research with impact. Almost two-thirds (61%) of our research was judged ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014.


The Centre in Financial and Corporate Integrity (CFCI) is accepting applications for admission to its PhD programme related to the three research clusters of:

  • Corporate Governance and Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Financial Markets and Institutions
  • Applied Economic Policy and Analysis

All applications will be assessed on the basis of academic merit and the extent to which individual proposals are in line with CFCI’s core research themes. Typical (but not exhaustive) research areas supported by this call which are aligned to already existing undergoing research of our members include:

  • Corporate tax crimes / tax fraud and evasion and comparative best practices for compliance and prosecution.
  • Anti-money laundering practices, profiling and underground financing.
  • New data protection regulations and their impact on key financial sectors.
  • Cybersecurity in the financial services sector.
  • Impact of Brexit on the future of financial regulation in the U.K.
  • Comparative study of secret banking and whistle-blower protection in the EU and beyond.
  • Cryptocurrencies/block chain technologies and financial stability issues.
  • Microfinance and SMEs development.
  • Quantifying stakeholder theory.
  • Risk and compliance in banking and financial intermediation.
  • Credit ratings and risk management
  • Environmental regulations and economic sustainability.
  • Impact of foreign investment flows (FDIs) to environmental policies and sustainability.
  • Experimental and behavioural economics and finance
  • Corporate governance and earning management


For the academic year 2018/19, any English-resident UK and EU students, or EU students moving to England for a PhD who is not in receipt of any research council funding can apply to borrow up to £25,000 to help cover the cost of their PhD tuition fees. Further details can be found here.


Successful applicants will have:

  • A minimum of a 2:1 first degree in a relevant discipline/subject area with a minimum 60% mark in the Project element or equivalent with  a minimum 60% overall module average. 
  • In the event of a first degree classification of less than 2:1, a Masters Degree in a relevant subject area will be considered as an equivalent. The Masters must have been attained with overall marks at minimum merit level (60%). In addition, the dissertation or equivalent element in the Masters must also have been attained with a mark at minimum merit level (60%).


  • Knowledge and/or experience in the chosen PhD subject
  • Candidates should have some knowledge (or demonstrate suitable aptitude to learning) of modelling and analytical experience in quantitative methods and/or econometrics. This will be necessary to be able to contextualise the research.
  • It is desirable that candidates can evidence their commitment to research in the form of publications of some kind (for example journal or conference papers).




All UK/EU/International students are eligible to apply that meet the academic requirements, the eligibility criteria can be found making an application page.

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