Study Accounting and Finance
Our research philosophy and traditions are reflected in our teaching programmes at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.
We provide an exciting and dynamic range of undergraduate and specialist masters’ degree courses in both Accounting and Finance, while we also offer a high quality PhD programme that provides extensive research training.
Our PhD Accounting and Finance pathway provides advanced training to develop leading research in Accounting, Market-based Accounting Research (MBAR) and Finance.
The breadth and wealth of expertise of our academic staff enables us to offer high quality supervision to doctoral students across a wide range of topics in accounting and finance, with projects involving qualitative and/or quantitative research methodologies.
The strength of our links, not only with professional accounting firms and bodies, but also more generally with industry, commerce, financial services and the public and NGO sector, has proved extremely valuable in the undertaking of qualitative/field-based research. Cutting-edge quantitative accounting research is facilitated by access to major databases such as Bloomberg, BoardEx, Execucomp, RiskMetrics, Capital IQ, Datastream/Worldscope, GTA/CSMAR, WRDS/CRSP/Compustat, Thomson One, LSPD, Mergent FISD, Dealscan and TAQ.
We currently have over 30 PhD students creating a very vibrant doctoral research community. We also maintain excellent completion rates. Graduates from our PhD programme have been recruited by leading universities in the UK and overseas and by central banks and by private financial institutions.
Our Masters programmes are research-led and provide cutting-edge theoretical and applied knowledge. They equip students with the necessary skills to enjoy successful careers in all areas of accounting, business and finance.
Our Accounting and Finance Masters programmes offer high quality teaching informed by theoretical and empirical research, and are taught by research-active scholars of international standing.
Our teaching philosophy is that accounting and finance should be viewed as more than simply a technical or practice-based discipline. Accordingly, we are committed to examining the subject from broad-based social and management science perspectives while always maintaining a close contact with practice.
This includes recognition of the importance of accounting and finance to processes of management, corporate governance, accountability and regulation and its impact on the functioning of capital markets, social well-being and public policy determination. Our courses are also very international in outlook, which allows students to learn from different cultural contexts and to challenge and develop conventional wisdom.
Students come to understand the significance of behavioural effects, globalisation, governance, and the development and functioning of capital markets, together with the ethical and societal responsibilities of accountants and finance professionals and the organisations in which they work.