National PhD courses

Want to enrol in a FIRN PhD course – here’s how to do it!

FIRN’s program of courses are open to all PhD students and early career researchers.  Currently members at FIRN universities may enrol without paying course fees however this is at the discretion of the presenting university.  Course fees may apply to participants  from non-FIRN member institutions.

Step 1:       Download the course syllabus and make sure you meet the pre-requisite knowledge requirements.
Step 2:       Obtain written permission from your PhD Supervisor (or PhD Coordinator) before emailing FIRN to enrol.  An email will suffice. Written approval is to set out the following:
(a) whether you are doing the course for credit recognition or not;
(b) that the FIRN Terms of Enrolment (see below) are accepted and agreed to;
(c) that you have your School’s approval to undertake the course off-campus (for insurance purposes).
Step 3:       Email all details to firn [at]

2018 National PhD coursework program


Masterclass in Corporate Finance

Special Topic area: Corporate Governance and Mergers

Presenter: Professor Michelle Lowry (Drexel)
Venue: UNSW
Dates: 1-7 July, 2018
Course details: Click here to download course syllabus


Finance Theory

Presenter: Professor Tom Smith (Macquarie)
Venue: Macquarie University CBD Campus
Module 1 –  17-18 March
Module 2 –  21-22 April
Module 3 –  12-13 May
Course details: click here to download course syllabus



Financial Econometrics*

Presenter: Professor Federico Nardari (Melb)
Venue: University of Melbourne
Module 1: 16-17 March
Module 2:  20-21 April
Module 3:  25-26 May
Course details:  click here to download course syllabus
*this is an advance capstone course with a pre-requisite knowledge requirement


Process of Research

Presenters: Professors Robert Faff (UQ) and Kathy Walsh (UTS)
Venue: UTS Business School
Module 1:  10-11 March
Module 2:  7-8 April
Module 3:  4-5 May
Course details: click here to download course syllabus


Banking & Financial Stability

Presenter: Professor Iftekhar Hasan (Fordham)
Venue: University of Sydney Business School
Dates: 9-13 July, 2018
Course details: Course syllabus will be available shortly


Masterclass in Asset Pricing

Special topic area: Real Estate
Presenter: Professor Jay Hartzell (The University of Texas at Austin)
Venue: Deakin
Dates: 2-8 December, 2018
Course details:   Course syllabus will be later in the year.


Introductory Econometrics*

Presenter: Professor Daniel Smith (QUT)
Venue: QUT Gardens Point
Module 1 –  TBA
Module 2 –  TBA
Module 3 –  TBA
Course details: Course syllabus will be available mid year
*This is course is being offered for the first time in 2018



Empirical Finance

Presenter:  Professor Tom Smith (Macquarie)
Venue: Macquarie University CBD campus
Module 1:  28-29 July
Module 2:  1-2 September
Module 3:  27-28 October
Course details: click here to download course syllabus





Market Microstructure

Presenter: Professor Talis Putnins (UTS)
Venue: UTS Business School
Module 1 –  3-4 August
Module 2 –  7-8 September
Module 3 –  12-13 October
Course details: course syllabus will be available shortly.

Terms of Enrolment:

  • Staff enrolling in FIRN courses for professional development purposes must already have a PhD otherwise full enrolment is required.
  • One course auditor per institution is allowed.  Course auditors must have a PhD.
  • PhD students understand and accept they meet all pre-requisites before enrolling in a FIRN course.
  • PhD students understand that FIRN’s PhD program involves “advanced courses” specifically designed to be challenging.
  • PhD student enrolments are accepted on the understanding they intend to complete the full course program including all assessment requirements (Note: travel funding approval is often conditional upon students completing the full program).
  • PhD students may not attend FIRN courses on a casual basis – no exceptions.
  • PhD students have obtained their Supervisor’s approval (in writing) before submitting their enrolment.