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PhD in Accounting and Finance

This PhD programme pathway provides advanced training to develop leading research in Accounting, Market-based Accounting Research (MBAR) and Finance.

Duration: 4 years full-time / 8 years part-time

PhD in Accounting and Finance research focus

Working alongside our experts, our PhD researchers focus on the following areas:

  • Management accounting and information systems
  • Auditing and accountability
  • Market-based accounting research
  • Corporate finance and corporate governance
  • Asset pricing and market microstructure

Researcher insight

Xianglong Chen, PhD Accounting and Finance

“Alliance MBS’ high reputation and world-leading research output attracted me to complete my PhD here. Due to the excellent track record of PhD placements and research output, I knew I would have a very good supervisory team for my doctoral thesis, with good publication prospects.

“The best thing about the Manchester PhD is the training and research support. If you happen, like me, to do quantitative research in accounting and finance, then the School boasts one of the most comprehensive collections of databases which gives you access to the best possible data to solve the burning research questions you have.”

Stephen Xianglong Chen, China
PhD in Accounting and Finance
Research topic: Corporate governance

Programme structure

  • Develop your research proposal
  • Complete the Research Training Programme
  • Study a series of units designed to enhance understanding in your chosen field.
  • Focus on thesis research, analysis and writing under the guidance of supervisors
  • Participate in research seminar series
  • Presentation and job market skills training
  • Present your work at conferences
  • Support for submission of your work to high-quality publications
  • Networking and presentation of your work to international conferences
  • Transition to work support, including training in job market skills and profile raising
  • Developing the impact of your research
  • Submit your thesis for examination

Linked research groups and centres

World-leading research in the area of accounting and finance at Alliance MBS.

The Group is one of the leading accounting and finance units in Europe. Home to over 70 academic and research staff, MAFG engages in research of an innovative and interdisciplinary nature covering important conceptual and practice/policy-relevant issues.

The Centre encompasses research relevant to the professional needs of private, institutional and corporate investors in both domestic and international markets. Its research combines theoretical rigour with practical policy relevance.

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