University of Birmingham: Accounting (Doctor of Philosophy - PhD/Master of Philosophy - MPhil/MSc (Res))

InstitutionUniversity of Birmingham View institution profile
Department Birmingham Business School
Study type Research


The PhD programme in Accounting will facilitate the creation and interpretation of new knowledge by the research student, demonstrated through the thesis. The programme comprises a short taught component followed by a longer research phase. Taught modules allow the students to broaden, as well as deepen, their knowledge of research methods at the same time as undertaking their own research and developing a set of transferable professional skills. The taught component is designed to ensure that doctoral researchers understand the breath of techniques used in modern social science research.

Doctoral researchers will be capable of analysing a range of data using a range of qualitative and quantitative techniques. They will be able to explain theories underlying different approaches to social science research. Doctoral researchers are expected to participate to the fullest possible extent in the life of the Department of Accounting and the Business School. This means attending seminars organised by the Department of Accounting and more widely in the Business School thereby helping expose doctoral researchers to new ideas emanating from outside their own area of specialisation. It also requires actively participating in PhD workshops and conferences organised by the Department of Accounting, the Business School and Graduate School as well as institutions outside the University of Birmingham.

Ultimately all doctoral researchers will have the ability to characterise and solve business and accounting problems using advanced research tools. They should be able to derive policy implications from their research and communicate these to policy makers, practitioners and other academics in a manner which is comprehensible. They will also be able to peer review others’ research and offer constructive criticism and to extend the frontiers of the discipline through their own innovative research.

3 course options

Qualification Doctor of Philosophy - PhD
Level RQF Level 8
Entry requirements

A good Honours 1st degree and a Master's degree with at least UK Merit level in Economics or a related subject with relevant mathematical and statistical techniques. Standard English language requirements apply


By the end of their first year all doctoral students in accounting will have completed an 8,000 word research proposal that they will present and be evaluated on at the first annual review. This forms the basis for supervised research over the remaining 2 years of the programme and the production of an 80,000 word thesis.


In the first year of the programme (first 2 years for those registered part-time) students are required to take and successfully complete 60 credits of core research methods modules.

Location Edgbaston Campus
B15 2TU


EU 4270 GBP for Year 1
England 4270 GBP for Year 1
Northern Ireland 4270 GBP for Year 1
Scotland 4270 GBP for Year 1
Wales 4270 GBP for Year 1
International 17520 GBP for Year 1

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