Research course

Accounting

Institution
Open University · The Open University Business School
Qualifications
PhDMPhil

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 (or equivalent) plus 120 credits in research methods training or, ideally, a masters degree in Research Methods (MRes) which is the usual precursor to PhD studies.

Months of entry

October

Course content

Members of The Open University Business School’s Accounting research team specialise in: accounting theory, accounting education, financial reporting (with particular emphasis on international topics), digital reporting, management accounting, and performance measurement. Academic staff are interested in various areas of accounting research, including conceptual frameworks for accounting standards, international accounting, XBRL, the use of accounting information in decision making, management accounting and control, modern equity analysis techniques, the history of investment, and accounting education both through distance learning and in the professions.

Potential research projects

Internally funded full-time research studentships are advertised in January (closing date end of March) and may include the following. We also welcome part- and full-time self-funded applications in these areas:

  • Accounting theory, doctrine and conceptual frameworks
  • Accounting regulation
  • Accounting education
  • Management accounting
  • Financial performance measurement and the use of performance information
  • Management control in the hospitality business
  • Small businesses
  • Corporate governance
  • Digital reporting.
Current/recent research projects
  • Digital reporting and the constitutive entanglement of material technology, business, regulators and society governance of banking/financial institutions in Africa
  • Reconceptualising value: defining, measuring and managing social value creation by business enterprises
  • Corporate governance and firm performance
  • The impact of political connectedness on the quality of corporate governance disclosures in Pakistan
Potential supervisors

Fees and funding

Please see The Open University website http://www.open.ac.uk/postgraduate/research-degrees/fees-and-funding for more information.

Qualification and course duration

PhD

part time
72 months
distance learning
variable months
full time
36 months

MPhil

distance learning
variable months
full time
15 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Name
Debby Hing
Email
oubs-research@open.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)1908 655272