Chi-Hsiou (Daniel) Hung
MSc Finance, 2001
PhD in Accounting and Finance, 2004
Country of origin: Taiwan
Employer: Dundee University
I studied Lancaster's MSc in Finance for a year and then the PhD in Accounting and Finance degree from 2001 to 2004. Before coming to England, I was a financial consultant at Merrill Lynch and a manager at Standard Chartered Bank in Taiwan. When I obtained the unconditional offer of the MSc programme, I noticed Lancaster's strong and stable research profile of a 5-star ranking, which subsequently achieved a 6-star in the HEFCE RAE system. Therefore, I gave up seven offers from other good UK universities and went straight for Lancaster.
The courses on the MSc in Finance proved to be very helpful to advance my understanding. I then decided to continue my study for a PhD, and owing to God's love and favour, I was the first in my MSc graduation year and was offered a full scholarship including the Overseas Research Students Award, the Management School and the departmental studentship. This time, I didn't apply for any other business schools but only Lancaster, my favourite choice with no doubt.
During the three years of my PhD life, I studied everything that I wanted to learn and talked to members of staff who are experts in their areas. Throughout my PhD I discussed and debated research thinking with my supervisors, who are excellent and outstanding scholars. They supported and encouraged me during the research process, which is full of uncertainty as well as opportunities. This training has now proved a help in my academic career. Overall, the three-year PhD period was quite compact, stressful at times, yet challenging and fantastic.
I now work as a senior lecturer in finance at Dundee University.