PhD in Accounting
We look for a good Masters degree or a first-class UK Honours degree, or overseas equivalent, in accounting. Qualified and part-qualified accountants with a first degree in social sciences or humanities are also encouraged to apply.
PhD in Finance
You'll need a good Masters degree or a first-class UK Honours degree, or overseas equivalent, in finance, economics, accounting or mathematics.
Before you apply
Writing your research proposal
Read our guidance on how to write your research proposal.
Getting a reference
Read our help on how to choose references and what the referees need to supply.
During the application you'll be asked for the following:
- your full contact details
- transcripts and certificates of all degrees
- proof of English language proficiency if you're applying as an international student
- two references, one of which must be academic
- funding or scholarship information
- research proposal detailing the subject area and topic to be investigated; please use our Postgraduate Research Proposal Outline and attach this with your application
By filling these details out as fully as possible, you'll avoid any delay to your application being processed by the University.
Research supervisors are assigned to you by the Department of Accounting & Finance. We ask that you highlight a potential supervisor in your application, but the department will team you up with the best supervisor for your project.
Once we've received your application, your research proposal is passed to potential supervisors for consideration. If it's not compatible with the researcher's current projects and they cannot supervise then it's passed along to another for consideration. If they can supervise you then the supervisor will confirm and nominate a potential second supervisor. As soon as a second supervisor is confirmed, an offer of study will be sent to you through Pegasus, our online application system.
When you accept our offer, you'll receive a full offer in writing via the email address you'll have provided.
Accepting an offer
Once you've accepted our offer, we'll need you to fulfil any academic, administrative or financial conditions that we ask.
UK or EU students
If you're applying as a UK or EU student, you'll then be issued with your registration documentation.