Ph.D. in Economics and Finance

Ph.D. in Economics and Finance at Nova

Accept our challenge. Achieve excellence.

As a Nova SBE Ph.D. graduate, you will systematically be suited for positions in competitive international academia and research institutions. You will also be prepared to fill top positions in business companies, financial institutions, and governmental organizations.
By integrating our Ph.D. program, you become an important link in an exciting research environment. At Nova SBE, we promote the inclusion of our Ph.D. candidates in the research projects of our faculty, as we believe that the quality of our doctoral training and that of our research are intimately connected. 

How to Apply

Ph.D. applications

Applications for the 2022/23 intake are open from 1 December 2021 until 31 January 2022.

Applicants may be asked for a subsequent interview, which may be conducted by phone if necessary.

Applicants will be notified regarding final decisions by email by mid-April 2022.

Why Nova SBE?

Five reasons to choose this Ph.D

International academic standards
Our 4-year program follows international best practices and aims at taking students to the frontier of knowledge in their field. This is achieved through a sequence of general advanced courses, during the first year, and field courses, during the second year. You’ll take part in our exciting research environment from the end of the first year when you are expected to start conducting your own research.

Training experience
Faculty members at Nova SBE are experienced in advanced training, specifically in advising doctoral students. 

Research excellence
A series of research workshops get students acquainted with the research agenda of the faculty in the first year. From then on, students can present their work and get feedback from faculty members who work in several of our knowledge centers.

International network
We take particular interest in the internationalization of the candidates’ research network. Candidates spend at least one semester abroad and can benefit from several exchange agreements in place.

Effective placement
Our faculty is actively involved in the placement of Ph.D. students. Our recent graduates obtain positions in prestigious international institutions, as well as Portuguese higher-education and public institutions.

Knowledge Centers

We believe that knowledge development is an important way of evolving into a more enlightened society. Our Knowledge Centers combine expertise with diversity and interdisciplinary research, answering important questions, both for today’s and tomorrow’s society.

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For our students

Welcome, fellow researchers

At Nova SBE, we designed a program that integrates the fields of Economics and Finance. We support and train students in conducting state-of-the-art research in theoretical and empirical areas such as Asset Pricing, Health Economics, Environment, Fiscal Policy, Monetary Policy, and many others.

Faculty have over different 25 nationalities and publish in international top journals. Our school is connected to other renowned institutions where students can spend a semester abroad as academic visitors. We also welcome top academics who come to Nova SBE to present their undergoing work at research seminars.

We hereby offer you the opportunity to become part of our unique international community!

André Castro Silva
Director, PhD in Economics and Finance

What’s in it for you?
Be one of us

What’s in it for you?

Our Ph.D. students benefit from an exciting research environment as members of our Research Unit, get support in applying for funding and preparing for the job market, have access to free materials and an important research infrastructure (Social Sciences DataLab), and have weekly seminars with invited speakers from top international schools, research group workshops, acess to Summer Schools, regular meetings, and paper development workshops.

European Doctorate in Economics Erasmus Mundus

European Doctorate in Economics Erasmus Mundus

Nova SBE participates in a Consortium with seven leading European institutions that joined forces to offer a three-year doctoral program. Some of our Ph.D. students participate in this program, which allows them to gain international experience working within the research units of Universiteit Van Amsterdam (Netherlands), Universität Bielefeld (Germany), Université Catholique de Louvain (Belgium), Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (France), Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (France), and Università Ca' Foscari Venezia (Italy).

Come and meet your new destination

Come and meet your new destination


Find out all about how your life will be at Nova SBE.



Contact us

Your future career waits at Nova SBE. Let us help you pursue your dreams. The Research Office is glad to answer all your questions about the experience of studying in a Ph.D. program at Nova School of Business & Economics.

Monday to Friday, from 9:30am - 1pm 

Phone: (+351) 213 801 640


Improving Quality of Care in Europe

Improving Quality of Care in Europe

Nova SBE participates in a European Training Network (ETN) conducted by seven academic partners who belong to the largest and most prestigious health economic centers in Europe, and each partner will take the lead in the respective area of strength.

We currently host 2 Ph.D. students under the supervision of Prof. Pedro Pita Barros with the following themes: “Competition and quality of care in primary care” and “Impact of economic crisis on health, quality of care and demand.” 

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 721402


I would like to thank Nova SBE for their unique research environment and the opportunity to present my work abroad, where I got acquainted with top researchers in my field.

Vladimir Otrachshenko,
Ph.D. Nova SBE 2013,
Junior Researcher at Fondazione Enrico Mattei