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PhD in Accounting and Finance

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

Duration: 3 years full-time / 6 years part-time

PhD in Accounting and Finance research focus

Working alongside expert faculty, our PhD students 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

Student insight

Xianglong Chen, PhD Accounting and Finance

“Alliance MBS’ high reputation and world-leading research output attracted me to study 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 studying here 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.

Core units include:

  • Advanced Accounting Research Seminar
  • Advanced Finance Theory
  • Advanced Financial Accounting Theory
  • Empirical Corporate Finance
  • Finance Research Seminar
  • Market-based Accounting Research Seminar

You can also select elective units in economics, econometrics and business and management.

  • 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

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.

Read more about the Manchester Accounting and Finance Group (MAFG) >>

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.

Read more about the Centre for the Analysis of Investments Risk (CAIR) >>