Research in Finance - 104 - 2nd year of master's degree

Program Objectives

Research in Finance aims to give students an in-depth knowledge of finance in both theoretical and operational terms. It is entirely taught in English. With an education through research approach, it covers the main areas of finance: corporate finance, capital markets, derivatives valuation, portfolio management, quantitative tools,… With the range of courses on offer, each student can create their own tailor-made study course.

Skills Acquired :

  • Understanding the key variables of economics, finance and financial regulation
  • Analyzing the trends of financial markets
  • Understanding and applying economic and financial modelling
  • Building a critical mind and a scientific curiosity, in order to be able to collect pertinent financial information, create and manage databases, analyse academic literature
  • Reach the frontier of knowledge, ask the relevant questions and apply research methods with scientific scrutiny
  • Foster the autonomy in learning, in order to be able to write a Master’s thesis (research or applied) ; in the case of an applied Master’s thesis, a 3-months Internship is required

Program Objectives

  • The PhD Qualifying Year is a track of the M2 104 Research in Finance, entirely taught in English. This one-year academic research training is the natural extension of the M1 Research in Finance track. It offers the best preparation for a PhD in Finance at University Paris Dauphine - PSL.   
  • The PhD Qualifying Year is indeed required from students who apply to our Finance PhD Program. Students can postulate at the doctoral level upon success in the qualifying year. They will then carry out a PhD thesis with the DRM Finance research team in a 3-year doctoral program
  • The research interests of our team cover all fields of finance including corporate finance, financial reporting, banking, asset pricing, asset management, market microstructure, financial econometrics, real estate, commodities etc. Our research center offers a wide range of resources for research (hardware, software, and databases) as well as a stimulating intellectual environment with a very active visiting program of leading scholars from all around the world.
  • You can follow the program of the PhD Qualifying Year even if you do not intend to apply for a PhD thesis. This program indeed covers the main areas of finance and gives you the possibility to acquire a deep knowledge in finance that will be extremely valuable in the private sector.
Types of education
Initial training
ECTS Credits
60 credits
12 weeks
Type of Diploma
Diploma from a major institution conferring the Master's degree
Academic Year

After Dauphine

50 %

of students found employment before obtaining their degree

92,3 %

Net employment rate

39 500

Median salary


  • Delphine Lautier

    University Professor

    Director of the Master’s degree

  • Corinne MALBOROUGH

    Teaching assistant

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