University of Exeter: Accounting

InstitutionUniversity of Exeter View institution profile
Department Accounting
Telephone +44(0)1392 723044
Study type Research


We have recently been awarded research grants from professional bodies including the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW), and the American Institute of Certifed Public Accountants. Our faculty members are regularly invited to advise policy makers at institutions including the Bank of England, the Department for Work and Pensions, Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs and the Competition and Markets Authority.

Our research is hugely varied, with strengths including:
- management control

- capital markets accounting

- accounting for sustainability

- taxation

- corporate governance and auditing

**Multidisciplinary research clusters in the Business School**
The Department of Accounting is part of the University's Business School, which is committed to a collaborative approach in tackling large-scale research challenges. Since 2015 it has invested over £250k in its multi-disciplinary research clusters:

- Behaviour, Identity and Decisions

- Firms, Markets and Value

- Organisations in Transition

- Sustainability and Circular Economy

**Tax administration**

Our Tax Administration Research Centre (TARC) seeks to strengthen the theoretical and empirical understanding of tax operations and policies. It operates in partnership between the University and the Institute of Fiscal Studies.

TARC’s research is multidisciplinary, with its research team comprising:

- economists

- accountants

- experimentalists

- psychologists

Researchers include experts in experimental economics and the application of agent-based modelling, and we conduct research into computable general equilibrium.

The Centre has also pioneered the use of online experiments in collaboration with market-research companies to target specific sectors of the population.

**Current projects**
- Risk-based auditing

- Tax evasion and lifecycle choices

- How audits affect the behaviour of taxpayers in a network

- The determinants of HMRC customer experience

- The role of intermediaries in customer relationships with HMRC

- Taxpayer attitudes and motivations

- 'Behavioural Compatibility between Individual Choice and Collective Action' is a collaborative research project with the Institute of Quantitative and Technical Economics (IQTE) at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in Beijing, China. The project focusses on five key areas:

1- The implementation of VAT in the financial sector
2- Consumption externalities in social networks, and macroeconomic outcomes
3- Poverty reduction and the reduction of inequality
4- Public goods and public services
5- Investors' behaviour and the emergence of capital market

Sponsorship info

The University of Exeter offers over a hundred PhD studentships annually. The majority are advertised in the Winter/Spring for entry the following September. For information on how to fund your research degree, please visit the postgraduate study pages of our website.

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University of Exeter


We are a Russell Group university ranked in the top one per cent of universities in the world (QS World University Rankings). We score particularly highly for ‘international outlook’ and the University welcomes staff and students from over 130 countries. The experience of our overseas students is second to none: in 2017 we won the ‘International Student Choice’ award (WhatUni).

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  • 98 per cent of our research is of international quality and we have world-leading research and impact in all subjects (REF 2014)
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