National PhD courses

FIRN’s program of courses are open to all PhD students and early career researchers.  All PhD courses (core, elective and master classes) are listed on the FIRN website and promoted in the monthly FIRN email.  If you have any questions about the program please email

If you are interested in enrolling in the courses you will need to:

  • Download the course syllabus from the FIRN website and ensure that you meet the pre-requisite knowledge requirements.
  • Enrol through our online booking system (links will be on the FIRN website).  You will need to indicate:
    • You have written permission from your PhD Supervisor (or PhD Coordinator) to do the course.
    • Whether you are doing the course for credit recognition
    • You agree to the FIRN terms and conditions (see below)
    • That you have your school’s approval to undertake the course off-campus (for insurance purposes)

FIRN will:

  • Confirm your ability to enrol with the PhD co-ordinator at your institution 
  • Forward your enrolment details to the Course co-ordinator who will record your grades in the course and submit the final grades to FIRN
  • Forward your final grades to your institution
  • Track your enrolment in each course and provide you with a certificate when you complete the eight core courses

Terms and conditions:

  • 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 enrolling.
  • If, for any reason, a PhD student is unable to complete the course they must notify their supervisor, PhD co-ordination and FIRN by email.  The course co-ordinator is not responsible for managing your enrolment.  If PhD students don’t complete all of the assessments then they receive an automatic 2- Fail Did Not Complete recorded on FIRN’s records. 
  • Academics are also able to enrol in the courses for professional development and should enrol through the online booking system.
  • One course auditor per institution is allowed.  Course auditors must have a PhD.

2019 program – Semester 1


Finance Theory

Presenter: Professor Tom Smith (Macquarie)
Venue: Level 24, 123 Pitt Street, Sydney Macquarie University CBD Campus
Module 1 – 16-17 March 2019
Module 2 –  4-5 May 2019
Module 3 –  18-19 May 2019

Final Exam: Thurs 13 June 2-5pm

2019 Syllabus: click here to download

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Financial Econometrics*

Presenter: Professor Federico Nardari (Melb)
Venue: University of Melbourne
Module 1: March 30-31
Module 2:  26-27 Apr
Module 3:  24-25 May

2019 Course syllabus: click here to download
2018 Course syllabus:  click here to download
*this is an advance capstone course with a pre-requisite knowledge requirement

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Process of Research (elective)

Presenter: Professors Robert Faff (UQ)
Venue: 39A-201 – General Purpose North 3, Collaborative Room, University of Queensland, St Lucia Campus, Brisbane.
Module 1:  23 – 24 Feb 2019
Module 2:  6 – 7 April 2019
Module 3: 18 -19 May 2019

Course syllabus: click here to download

Previous year’s syllabus: click here to download course syllabus

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Research Methods (elective)

Co-Presenters: Professor Tom Smith (Macquarie) & Professor Martina Linnenluecke (Macquarie)

Venue: All classes Level 24, 123 Pitt Street Sydney, Macquarie University CBD Campus


5 Day Intensive
Thurs 18-Mon – 22nd July 2019

2019 syllabus: click here to download

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2019 masterclasses


Masterclass in Corporate Finance

Special Topic area: Structural Approaches to Corporate Finance

Presenter: Professor Nathalie Moyen (University of Colorado)
Venue: Quadrangle building, level 2, QUAD 2063, UNSW
Dates: 30 June – 6 July, 2019
Course details: Course syllabus available now

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Masterclass in Asset Pricing

Special topic area: Intermediary Asset Pricing
Presenter: Professor David Chapman (University of Virginia)
Venue: University of Melbourne
Dates: Sept 29-Oct 5, 2019
Course details: Course Syllabus

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2019 program – Semester 2


Empirical Finance

Presenter:  Professor Tom Smith (Macquarie)
Venue: Level 24, 123 Pitt Street, Sydney Macquarie University CBD campus
Module 1:  27-28 July 2019
Module 2:  31 Aug-1 Sept 2019
Module 3:  28-29 Sept 2019

Final Exam: Thurs 7 Nov 2-5pm

2019 Syllabus 

2019 Course registration





Market Microstructure

Presenter: Professor Talis Putnins (UTS)
Venue: UTS Business School
Module 1 – 2-3 August
Module 2 – 6-7 Sept
Module 3 –  11-12 Oct

2019 Course Overview

2019 Course registration

2018 Course details: Click here to download course overview


Intermediate Econometrics

Presenter: Daniel Smith (QUT)
Venue: QUT Business School, Brisbane CBD
Module 1 – 9-10 August
Module 2 – 13-14 September
Module 3 –  18-19 October

2019 Syllabus

2019 Course registration