Uchenna Igbokwe
Jingyu Zhang is a Doctoral student in the Department of Finance at Imperial College Business School.

Why did you decide to study the Doctoral programme at Imperial College Business School and what makes this programme unique?

A combination of excellent supervisors, generous funding, and perfect school location constitutes an extraordinarily promising future development of Imperial College Business School and makes the Doctoral programme at Imperial College Business School an ideal choice for me and others interested in academic careers.

Imperial provides world-class supervision for Doctoral students. My supervisors, Professor Marcin Kacperczyk and Professor Alexander Michaelides, have been really supportive and helpful since I joined the PhD programme in Finance in 2014. Thanks to the recommendation and nomination from the Business School, I was honoured to be granted with Imperial College PhD Scholarship. Besides full tuition fees and annual living stipends of 20,000GBP, this scholarship scheme additionally covers 2,000GBP consumables every year and therefore opens the opportunities for junior researchers to access top academic conferences far more easily.

As with school location, it is fairly difficult to find a better place than Central London to spend the next four years on a PhD programme in Finance. As a Doctoral student at Imperial, you may find easy access to a great variety of conferences in London. Especially for Finance students, the Business School has been actively organising academic and professional conferences under the direction of Professor Franklin Allen and Professor Douglas Gale. Organising these conferences also promotes the reputation of Imperial, which in turn attracts more professors and students to join us in the future.

What aspect/s of the Doctoral programme have been the most rewarding?

The Finance PhD programme offers a balanced course panel and rigorous training in research skills. Imperial offers four core courses in Finance: Theory of Corporate Finance, Theory of Asset Pricing, Empirical Asset Pricing, and Empirical Corporate Finance. These courses help build a solid foundation for the PhD students to dig into specialised areas in their senior years. Besides, we have three courses in Econometrics and Time Series, which are quite helpful with empirical research. Finally, you may be allowed to register Finance-relevant courses in other London schools (LBS, LSE, UCL etc.).

What area of London do you live in and why did you choose to live there?

As recommended in the offer package, I live in Orient House – Gradpad (Zone 2, Southwest London), 3-minute walk from Imperial Wharf overground train station. It is fairly convenient to travel between home and school. Orient House is also close to Tesco Express (1-minute walk) and Sainsbury’s (7-minute walk). Besides, you may find it really enjoyable to walk along the riverside of the Thames for a break after hours of reading.

PhD Student at Imperial College London
Institute and subject studied for Undergraduate degree :

B.A. Honours in Economics and Minor in Mathematics, The University of Western Ontario and MSc in Finance, The University of British Columbia

Work history :

Undergraduate Teaching Assistant, The University of Western Ontario; Teaching Assistant and Research Assistant, Department of Finance, Sauder School of Business, The University of British Columbia

Greatest academic, professional or personal awards/achievements :

Imperial College PhD Scholarship