University of Edinburgh: Accounting

InstitutionUniversity of Edinburgh View institution profile
Department Business School View department profile
Study type Research


The Business School seeks to set the agenda across a wide range of business disciplines. Our research areas are staffed by teams whose work has real influence in business, government, and the public sector.

The School has significant research expertise in the following subject areas:

  • Accounting and Finance

  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation

  • Management Science and Business Economics

  • Marketing

  • Organisation Studies

  • Strategy

  • We aim to provide a highly dynamic and supportive research environment for our large and diverse graduate community.

Accreditation The Business School has received full research training accreditation from the:

  • Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)

  • European Quality Improvement Sytstem (EQUIS)

Programme structure As a PhD student, you will work closely with your supervisory team, and will be offered top-level training opportunities throughout your studies.

Research towards your doctorate is underpinned and supported by our doctoral training programme.

On the PhD in Accounting programme, you will undertake 120 credits worth of taught courses during Year 1 to build your research skills and the knowledge required for your area of study.

Core courses You will study the following core courses:

  • Introduction to Research in Business - 20 credits

  • Supervised Reading: Refining the Proposal - 20 credits

  • Supervised Reading: Literature Review - 20 credits

Optional courses Students can choose up to 60 credits of optional courses. Recommended optional courses are listed below:

  • Research Skills in the Social Sciences: Data Collection - 20 credits

  • Core Quantitative Data Analysis 1 and 2 - 20 credits

  • Research Design - 20 credits

  • Qualitative Research - 20 credits

  • Analysing Qualitative Data - 20 credits

  • Translational Study - Innovation and Entrepreneurship Masterclass - 20 credits

  • Qualitative Methods and Ethnographic Fieldwork - 20 credits

  • Explanation and Understanding in Social and Political Research - 20 credits

  • Intermediate Inferential Statistics: Testing and Modelling - 20 credits

  • Foundations of Econometrics - 20 credits

  • Applications of Econometrics - 20 credits

How will I learn? The learning process will be lecture-based (during Year 1) and research-focused. The majority of lecture-based classes last 2 hours for each session.

A large number of seminars and workshops are delivered by eminent experts from around the world. These will be available throughout the year, providing ample opportunity for advanced learning and networking.

The number of students studying any taught course is likely to range from between 5 and 25.

Taught courses normally require you to prepare weekly in advance by reading materials prescribed in handouts and by reflecting on the issues to be discussed during the class.

Assessment and progression Assessment will normally include a mix of in-course written essays and oral presentations/discussions and written examinations at the end of the semester of study.

You will complete your doctoral studies in the form of a viva.

Progression from one year of study to the next is confirmed by the School Research Degrees Committee based on performance in your Annual Review.

Doctor of Philosophy - PhD

University of Edinburgh
Business School


University of Edinburgh, Business SchoolThe University of Edinburgh Business School has a long and established tradition of research excellence, dating back to 1919, when we introduced the first Bachelors of Commerce. 

We’re committed to developing tomorrow’s business leaders, like any Business School. But what really drives us is helping you play to your strengths, add to them, and develop strong relationships that will open up the world to you. These relationships are built amongst your peer group, who will come from diverse backgrounds, cultures and professions and who will provide the beginnings of your international network. In Edinburgh you’ll …

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