Research Seminar in Finance

FIN539B Research Seminar in Finance

Autumn 2024

  • Topics

    The purpose of this course is to enhance the students' ability to understand and actively take part in research seminars at the forefront of knowledge on a variety of topics in their field. To accomplish this, the course builds on the papers presented at the seminars at the department of finance. 

    There is a class meeting in connection with each seminar, where the students discuss the current seminar-paper with emphasis on strengths and weaknesses of the paper, its key insights and findings, and opportunities for future work inspired by the paper. At least one faculty member with research interests similar to the seminar-paper is present to host the meeting and to facilitate and guide the discussion. Different faculty members may be present at different seminars/class meetings.

  • Learning outcome

    After taking this course, the candidate...


    - can demonstrate knowledge at the forefront of his/her academic field 


    - can evaluate current research in his/her field, and identify main strengths and weaknesses of that research

    - can identify new research opportunities that spring out of current research

    General Competence

    - can participate in academic forums in the field in international forums

  • Teaching

    Preparatory meetings and seminar participation. (Attendance in digital seminars requires that the camera is on during the whole time.)

  • Restricted access

    PhD students from NHH may take this course. 

  • Compulsory Activity

    At least 80% attendance at department seminars and in the class meetings.

  • Assessment

    The course is assessed on a pass/fail basis. Students' oral participation in each session is graded (pass/fail) by the hosting faculty member. Students must earn a pass in at least 80% of the sessions, which there are approximately 8 in the fall semester. Classes are organized for the department's regular seminars and digital seminars.

  • Grading Scale


  • Literature

    The course literature will be the seminar papers.

    • Students are expected to prepare by reading the seminar paper prior to class.
    • Students are expected to participate actively in class discussions.


ECTS Credits
Teaching language

Autumn. Not offered Autumn 2024.

Course responsible

Associate Professor Konrad Raff, Department of Finance, NHH.