Accounting and Finance PhD/MPhil/MSc (Research)

With roots dating back to the appointment of the country's first Professor of Accounting, we have a longstanding history of researching and teaching in the area of accounting and finance.

PhD scholarships available

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Course fact file

Type of Course: Doctoral research

Study Options: Full time

Duration: PhD – 3 years full-time equivalent; MPhil – 2 years full-time equivalent; MSc (Research) – 1 year full-time equivalent

Start date: September

Contact

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If you complete the form below we will respond to your enquiry within two business days. Alternatively, you can contact us on +44 (0)121 414 5005 or by email: business-phd@contacts.bham.ac.uk

If you complete our contact form we will respond to your enquiry within two business days.

Doctoral Programmes Office Administrator: Marleen Vanstockem
Tel: +44 (0) 121 414 3498
Email: m.h.l.vanstockem@bham.ac.uk

Details

With roots dating back to the appointment of the country's first Professor of Accounting, we have a longstanding history of researching and teaching in the area of accounting and finance.

Support and training

Birmingham Business School provides dedicated facilities, resources and support to postgraduate students and early career researchers which includes The Midlands Graduate School and Doctoral Training Centres and Programmes. Click to find out more.

Three Minute Thesis

Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is a research communication competition developed by the University of Queensland in 2008, in which doctoral researchers have just three minutes to deliver an engaging presentation on their thesis topic, its originality and its significance. In 2013 the University of Birmingham started running its own 3MT competition, inviting our own doctoral researchers to participate.

Mary Dawood from Birmingham Business School was a finalist in the 2013 3MT competition, delivering her three-minute presentation explaining her PhD research on modelling an early warning system for financial crises.

Fees and funding

Standard fees apply
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Scholarships and studentships
Scholarships may be available. International students can often gain funding through overseas research scholarships, Commonwealth scholarships or their home government.

For further information contact the School directly or www.studenthelp.bham.ac.uk.

Entry requirements

A good Honours first degree and a Masters degree with at least UK Merit level in Economics or a related subject with relevant mathematical and statistical techniques.

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International students
We accept a range of qualifications from different countries – learn more about international entry requirements 

Standard English language requirements apply

How to apply

When clicking on the Apply Now button you will be directed to an application specifically designed for the programme you wish to apply for where you will create an account with the University application system and submit your application and supporting documents online. Further information regarding how to apply online can be found on the How to apply pages

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Contact

Read FAQs for this programme

If you complete the form below we will respond to your enquiry within two business days. Alternatively, you can contact us on +44 (0)121 414 5005 or by email: business-phd@contacts.bham.ac.uk

If you complete our contact form we will respond to your enquiry within two business days.

Doctoral Programmes Office Administrator: Marleen Vanstockem
Tel: +44 (0) 121 414 3498
Email: m.h.l.vanstockem@bham.ac.uk

Research interests of staff

Accounting

  • Information systems and accounting
    The communication, use and regulation of digital reporting; including the development of industry standards; control and electronic interchange of data and XBRL.
  • Management accounting
    Accountability, control systems and change in management accounting; strategic management accounting; inter-organisational cost management; institutional theory and structuration theory. Accounting in emerging economies.
  • Public sector accounting
    Accounting in local and central government; national accounting; and comparative international studies; specifically addressing management controls and accountability, including budgeting, financial accounting and reporting, and auditing, with emphasis on public sector accounting reform. 
  • Financial accounting and reporting
    The political and economic consequences of accounting standards; narrative reporting, management commentary, integrated reporting, CSR, sustainability, and corporate governance.
  • Capital markets based accounting
    M&A, corporate restructuring, earnings management, analyst forecast accuracy.
  • Taxation
    Impact of taxation on the decision-making behaviour of individuals and businesses; role for and development of tax policy (particularly wealth and capital taxation); taxation in global trade; and tax education.

Finance

  • Corporate Finance
    Corporate financial management (including private equity), financial markets (including IPO markets), financial institutions, financial instruments (including derivatives), flow of funds, overreaction phenomena and control of volatility in emerging markets, corporate finance aspects of privatisation and economic development, and economic consequences of corporate disclosure. 
  • Corporate Governance
    Relationship between boards of directors and institutional investors; trends in voting; stock lending and communication, directors' remuneration; institutional investment - pensions, savings and retirement, portfolio investment, financial literacy.

Contact

Read FAQs for this programme

If you complete the form below we will respond to your enquiry within two business days. Alternatively, you can contact us on +44 (0)121 414 5005 or by email: business-phd@contacts.bham.ac.uk

If you complete our contact form we will respond to your enquiry within two business days.

Doctoral Programmes Office Administrator: Marleen Vanstockem
Tel: +44 (0) 121 414 3498
Email: m.h.l.vanstockem@bham.ac.uk

Employability

If I gain a postgraduate research degree from Birmingham Business School, what are my career prospects?

The University of Birmingham has recently been ranked 9th in the UK, and 55th in the world, for post-qualification employability in a global survey of universities commissioned by the International Herald Tribune.

Birmingham’s Business graduates are sought after by a wide range of financial, commercial and public sector employers. They can typically offer a wide range of skills including analytical & research, numeracy, communication, team working and political & commercial awareness.

For those entering employment after graduating, traditionally popular areas include banking, accountancy/professional services and financial services. Many of our programmes involve studying towards a professional qualification. Outside of these areas, options include teaching abroad and retail management. Many PhD graduates also go on to forge successful academic careers of their own in teaching and academic research.

What type of career assistance is available to doctoral researchers in Birmingham Business School?

The University of Birmingham has invested heavily in careers and employability support.  The Careers Team have been praised for enhanced developments within their team and for adopting a model of integrated employability and internship support; something that has been rolled out and implemented across all Schools and Colleges at the University.

Doctoral researchers at Birmingham Business School will benefit from this additional investment; the school  now has its own well qualified dedicated Careers Team to support students with employment opportunities, work placements, internships and how to succeed at interview. In addition, a range of career management, personal development and employer events are run each year by the Careers in Business Team to help you make the most of the opportunities available. 

The University also has dedicated careers advisors for International students who run workshops and networking opportunities with potential employers. These are especially popular with International postgraduate researchers.

Contact

Read FAQs for this programme

If you complete the form below we will respond to your enquiry within two business days. Alternatively, you can contact us on +44 (0)121 414 5005 or by email: business-phd@contacts.bham.ac.uk

If you complete our contact form we will respond to your enquiry within two business days.

Doctoral Programmes Office Administrator: Marleen Vanstockem
Tel: +44 (0) 121 414 3498
Email: m.h.l.vanstockem@bham.ac.uk