Research course

Accounting and Finance

University of Essex · Essex Business School

Entry requirements

Masters degree in relevant subject area.

Integrated PhD

Months of entry

January, October, April

Course content

In continuing a strong tradition of enabling joint supervisory teams across two of our School's disciplinary groups, our PhD Finance and Accounting facilitates development of doctoral work that opens up new ways of thinking about contemporary business practices.

Our programme specialises in mixed methodology, drawing on both small scale in-depth primary data and the use of large datasets in order to address some of the key debates in the current economic and organizational arena. A key strength of our programme is the freedom given to you to develop your own training portfolio in order to ensure you gain the skills to communicate your findings across a wide range of academic, practitioner and policy audiences.

Please note, 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

Research supervision includes: accounting history/theory/research; auditing; business strategy; finance; human resource management; management; marketing and consumer behaviour; aocial/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

Course contact details

Graduate Administrator
+44 (0)1206 873 505