Research course

Accounting and Finance

The University of Manchester · Alliance Manchester Business School

Entry requirements

Candidates must hold a Bachelors degree with Honours (to UK standard) of First or Upper Second (2:1) Class. Applicants are also expected to hold a relevant Masters degree in finance, accounting or a cognate subject area. Normally we require performance at distinction level (70% or above) including any dissertation component; GPA of 3.3 or above; or equivalent. Due to variations in the grading structures of international institutions, higher results may be required than stated here. Professional qualifications other than a Bachelors Degree and/or relevant and appropriate experience may be taken into account for entry to a PhD programme. PLEASE NOTE: Qualifications from non-UK institutions must be equivalent to UK qualifications. Grading schemes of some institutions may vary - please provide an official grading scheme with your transcripts.

Months of entry


Course content

The Degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) is awarded by the University in recognition of the successful completion of a course of supervised research, the results of which show evidence of originality and independent critical judgement and constitute an addition to knowledge.

Providing robust and systematic research training is a core strength of our PhD programme. To be able to take full advantage of the training opportunities that are offered, students should reside in or within commuting distance from Manchester. We strongly encourage any students who do not reside locally to enrol full-time.

Department specialisms

Accounting aspects of Business and Public Policy; Finance; Management Accounting; Financial Reporting and Auditing; Management Information Systems; Market Based Accounting Research

Information for international students

Candidates whose mother tongue isn't English or do not hold a degree from an institution in a native-English speaking country awarded within the last 5 years are required to undertake an English language test as part of the application process. Minimum requirements: IELTS 7 or TOEFL 100 (IBT).

Fees and funding

ESRC, university studentships

Qualification and course duration


part time
72 months
full time
36 months


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Doctoral Programmes Office
+44 (0)161 275 1200
+44 (0)161 275 6596