University of Birmingham: Taxation (MSc (Res))

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


This programme provides a route to obtain a MSc degree by production of a research thesis of a maximum of 40,000 words over a period of registration of 1 year (full time) or 2 years (part time). The subject matter of the thesis must be related to taxation, but the focus of the specific topic chosen would be by agreement between the student and the supervisors as part of the application and registration process.

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Qualification MSc (Res)
Level RQF Level 7
Entry requirements

A first degree is required and/or suitable professional qualification (e.g. membership of a tax, legal or accounting professional body of equivalent status to organisations such as the Chartered Institute of Taxation, Law Society, ACCA, CIMA, CIPFA, ICAS, ICAI, ICAEW etc ) with adequate practical post qualification experience (a minimum of 3 years would be expected). Some UK presence during the programme will be expected as part of the research supervision.


The areas of taxation research undertaken by staff include: 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; tax education; tax law; tax history; philosophies of tax. The acceptable research topic areas must be closely related to taxation. for example, to include 1 or more of the following topics: the impact of taxation on the decision-making behaviour of individuals and businesses (e.g. consumption behaviours, tax planning etc); role for and development of effective tax policy; development of tax administration systems; tax education; international taxation; comparative taxation; the politics of taxation; economic psychology of taxation; taxation in developing countries; understanding patterns of tax compliance, avoidance and evasion; tax and governance; tax and social policy (other tax topics may also be suitable); institutions of taxation; adjudication or dispute resolution.

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