National PhD program


PhD Masterclass in Corporate Finance

Special Topic area of Information Economics Applications

Presenter:              Professor Uday Rajan (University of Michigan)
Venue:                    University of Tasmania Business School campus map
Dates:                     Sunday 9th July to Saturday 15th July, 2017
Course details:       click here to download the course syllabus


PhD Masterclass in Asset Pricing

Special topic area of Risk, Uncertainty and Ambiguity

Presenter:          Professor Michael Gallmeyer (University of Virginia)
Venue:                University of South Australia Business School
Dates:                 Sunday 24th September to Saturday 30 September, 2017
Course details:   course syllabus will be available soon.


Advanced Topics in Asset Pricing

Presented by: TBA
Venue: University of Sydney Business School
Module 1: 12-13 August
Module 2: 19-20 August
Module 3: 26-27 August
Course details: click here to download course syllabus


Empirical Finance

Presented by: Professor Tom Smith (University of Queensland)
Venue: Sydney CBD (exact institution will be advised asap)
Module 1 –  29-30 July
Module 2 –  2-3 September
Module 3 –  21-22 October
Course details: click here to download course syllabus


Market Microstructure

Presented by: Professor Talis Putnins (UTS)
Venue: UTS Business School
Module 1 – 4-5 August
Module 2 – 8-9 September
Module 3 – 13-14 October
Course details: course syllabus will be available soon.

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 requirements.
Step 2:       Obtain written permission from your PhD Supervisor (or your School PhD Coordinator) before enrolling.
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 for full details) are agreed to and will be abided;
(c) that you have your School’s approval to undertake the course off-campus (for insurance purposes).
Step 3:       Email your enrolment details to firn [at]

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.