PhD Accounting

Members of staff are always happy to discuss possible Phd and MPhil research programmes in Accounting with suitably qualified graduates. Research should normally be related to one of the main areas of research of the department. Grants from Research Councils and other sources which can help you secure a funded research place may be available through the department, although these are allocated on a competitive basis. 

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

At the School of Management and Business we’re committed to attracting talented scholars at all levels to contribute to the academic vitality and research profile of the school.

We welcome research proposals relating to Accounting, Finance, Economics, Marketing and Enterprise since these represent significant areas of our research expertise.

Furthermore, our Masters programmes in Finance have been especially designed to offer a research training option, to prepare students for progression onto a PhD.

You will need:

  • A minimum of at least an upper second class honours degree
  • Either a relevant Masters degree or a commitment to study advanced study modules within your chosen discipline
  • Research experience or a commitment to study the Research Training modules

You will also need one of the following in order to meet the English language entry requirements for admission onto a PhD research programme

  • GCSE English
  • IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent English language qualification)


Research Facilities and Resources

The School of Management and Business provides all research students with a shared office and access to networked IT facilities. SMB maintains a subscription to Data Stream and supports major statistical and econometric software packages. We warmly encourage all our research students to attend our weekly research seminar and the occasional research away-days. In addition, you’ll have the opportunity to participate in the Aberystwyth University subject colloquia which meets each year in early spring.

Research Techniques

Unless you’ve already completed a Masters course with a recognised research training element, you’ll be required to complete the Social Science Research Training Programme at SMB. This will enable you to develop excellence in research techniques in order to successfully complete your PhD.

You may also be required to undertake additional advanced study modules in your chosen discipline.

Our Staff

Students at the Aberystwyth University School of Management and Business are taught by lecturers and other teaching staff who are active researchers and expert practitioners in their chosen subject area.

Over 75% of full time members of teaching staff are qualified to PhD level. Most are currently research active, meaning that students benefit from being taught ‘new’ knowledge in their chosen field of study as well as recognized literature. The School also employs part-time and full time staff devoted purely to teaching. Many part-time staff combine teaching duties with consultancy and business activities, ensuring that students have access not only to up to date research but the latest applied knowledge.

Course Content

Welsh medium modules available

Year 1 Core (30 Credits) Students must take a minimum 30 credits of the following centrally provided research training modules:

Semester 1

Quantitative Data Collection And Analysis PGM1010

Qualitative Data Collection And Analysis PGM1100

Qualitative Data Collection And Analysis PGM1700

Semester 2

Qualitative Data Collection And Analysis PGM1120

Qualitative Data Collection And Analysis PGM1710

Year 1 Options The following are optional centrally provided research training modules. Students should tale at least one of the follwing modules:

Semester 1

Dulliau Darllen MOR0510

Research Skills And Personal Development PGM0100

Principles Of Research Design PGM0210

Ways Of Reading PGM0410

Manuscript Skills: Post Medieval Palaeographic And Diplomatic PGM1210

Using Manuscript Sources For Medieval Studies; Palaeography, Diplomatic And Context PGM1400

Semester 2

Research Skills And Personal Development PGM0120

Using Manuscript Sources For Medieval Studies; Palaeography, Diplomatic And Context PGM1420

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