Research course


University of Essex · Essex Business School
PhDMPhilMSc by research

Entry requirements

Masters degree in a relevant subject area.

MSc by dissertation, MPhil and PhD.

Months of entry

January, April, October

Course content

Our PhD Accounting is based in one of the few centres of excellence for critical accounting practices. You can explore issues surrounding accountability, professional disciplinary processes and accounting professions, and you are encouraged to reflect on the problems of contemporary accounting practices.

With a particular emphasis on governance and auditing practices in developing countries and the impact of accounting practices in a globalised world, you will have access to leading academics both in their supervision and through regular visiting scholars from across the accounting world. The opportunity to work within a group with a trailblazing reputation for exploring alternative dimensions of accounting results in an excellent supervisory experience that will lead to the development of new insights into accountability processes that are relevant to policy and practice.

We also offer an MPhil and a Masters by dissertation in this subject and part-time research study is also available.

Our Essex Business School has an international reputation for cutting-edge research in accounting, finance, management and entrepreneurship. This was confirmed when we were ranked second in the UK for accounting and finance research, with 95 percent of our research graded as of international quality. Our work is informed by a broad range of social science theories and concepts, much of it addressing the important issues currently being faced by commercial businesses, public sector bodies and not-for-profit organisations.

We are recognised for being at the forefront of research in: business ethics and corporate social responsibility; organisation studies; leadership and strategy; finance and banking; risk management; and international management. Many of our academic staff have world class research reputations and have written about, or worked, in, a wide range of organisations and this experience is incorporated into your learning experience within our School.

Department specialisms

Accounting history/theory/research; auditing; business strategy; finance; human resource management; management; marketing and consumer behaviour; social/public sector accounting.

Information for international students

IELTS 6.5.

Fees and funding

We offer many funding opportunities to support talented postgraduates, ranging from research council studentships and University scholarships to awards funded by charities and other external organisations. For more information, visit our website at:

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
72 months


full time
24 months
part time
48 months

MSc by research

part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Graduate Administrator
+44 (0)1206 873505