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The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Accounting at Aberystwyth University is a three-year full-time programme which gives you the platform to conduct original academic research that makes a new contribution to your specific field of study. You can make new discoveries, test new theories and push the boundaries of current knowledge and understanding.

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.

Typical Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements 2:1 Bachelors (Honours) degree in a relevant subject area, or equivalent.

English Language Requirements IELTS 6.5 with minimum 5.5 in each component, or equivalent

Other Requirements Applicants should submit a full research proposal at the point of application

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Fees and Finance

Course Fees:

Please see the tuition fee pages for current tuition fees. Please note that all fees are subject to an annual increase.


Funding opportunities may be available; please check our funding calculator for details.

Course Overview

Your research will be guided by a supervisory team, who will help you refine your research proposal, and guide you in data collection and analysis. At the end of your studies, you will have a viva voce exam (a verbal defence of your thesis).

Researcher Development Programme

Aberystwyth is committed to the provision of an appropriate level of training for all its postgraduate students. As part of this commitment, the University has established a programme designed to help students develop the skills required to successfully complete their research degrees and also to improve their future employability. As such, all research postgraduates will undertake some institutionally-provided research training modules as part of the Researcher Development Programme.

About this course

Those interested in PhD study are encouraged to contact the department so that a viable research topic can be developed through discussion with members of staff with relevant research interests. Members of the department are always happy to consider research proposals relating to their research interests. 

To apply for a place on the PhD programme you will need to prepare a research proposal, personal statement, complete an application form and provide two references. Please see the How to Apply pages for more detail.

Modules September start - 2024

Please note: The modules listed below are those currently intended for delivery during the next academic year and may be subject to change. They are included here to give an indication of how the course is structured.


Module Name Module Code Credit Value


Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Quantitative Data Collection and Analysis (for social scientists) PGM1010 10
Manuscript Skills: Post Medieval Palaeographic and Diplomatic PGM1210 10
Principles of Research Design PGM0210 10
Ways of Reading PGM0410 10

* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh