Entry requirements

MRes - you will need at least a 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent. On successful completion of the MRes you can normally progress to a PhD.

PhD - you will need a Masters degree or equivalent, in a subject area relevant to the proposed research topic.

Months of entry


Course content

There are particular strengths within the law team in company and commercial law, human rights, intellectual property law and international law. The accounting team has particular interests in management accounting, performance management, accounting for sustainability, financial reporting, corporate governance, finance and accounting education. You also have the opportunity to undertake cross-disciplinary projects that link to computing, IT applications, business and management, education and health.

Topics by some of our recent completions include: the determinants of managerial compensation; corporate governance practices in developing countries; determinants of profitability in commercial banks; the impact of ownership structure and external audit on accruals, and an exploration of managers' moral reasoning regarding the ethics of earnings management.

You will develop advanced skills in research methods and approaches through dedicated modules. This will be backed up with training events, student-led seminars, conferences and summer schools. You will also have the opportunity to participate in training offered through other universities and professional bodies. This rich range of events helps ensure that you gain the skills and confidence you need to produce an excellent standard of research.

You will have the opportunity to attend national and international academic conferences and, in the latter stages of your research, present your ideas and receive feedback at such events.

From 2018, the University of Gloucestershire Business School will move to a brand-new, state-of-the-art home at our Oxstalls campus in Gloucester. The £16 million development will be home to our Business, Marketing, Human Resource Management, Law and Accounting and Finance courses. Find out more about the new Business School and other developments with our virtual fly-through video and see where you could be taking your next steps towards a career in accounting and law.

Information for international students

International students need IELTS 6.5 overall (no less than 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in any other band) or equivalent.

Fees and funding

Learn more at the postgraduate fees and funding page.

Qualification and course duration


full time
30-48 months
part time
48-84 months

Course contact details

Enquiries Team
+44 (0)3330 141414