Research Degrees in

Accounting, Finance and Banking

in the Faculty of Business and Law

Overview

Do you want to advance or change your career, deepen your expertise in a topic, or expand your research and practical skills?

With a PhD or other postgraduate research degree in Accounting, Finance and Banking you will:

  • Work with leading experts in the field. We are a centre for research excellence, with 60% of our research in Business rated as world-leading or internationally excellent in the most recent national assessment of research (REF2014).
  • Join a thriving research community. Our innovative new Future Economies research centre brings together researchers, businesses and communities to address the key challenges that enterprise faces in the 21st century.
  • Undertake tailored personal and professional development training. This training ensures our graduates are equipped to make a real impact, whether in the worlds of academia or practice.
  • Benefit from being part of the Business and Law Graduate School. We provide specialist support services and facilities to enhance your development as a researcher and practitioner. The seventh floor of our Business School building is a dedicated postgraduate space, and includes attractively landscaped social and study areas.

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Areas of supervisory expertise

We can supervise a broad range of projects within Accounting, Finance and Banking. Our areas of expertise include:

  • Taxation
  • Fiscal policy
  • Financial planning
  • Corporate governance
  • Risk management
  • Credit scoring
  • Capital investments
  • Student finance
  • European banking
  • Fair trade, social responsibility and environmental accounting
  • Financial markets and institutions
  • Economic theory
  • Performance management.
  • Financial Technology
  • International Financial Reporting Standards.

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Research culture

We undertake innovative and applied research that aims to make sense of the key challenges facing contemporary business and society. Our research is collaborative and action-oriented: we work with businesses, communities and policy makers in order to shape and understand local, national and international economies.

More about our research culture

Postgraduate researchers form an integral part of this dynamic and creative research culture. You will benefit from an extensive programme of research training, designed to develop your subject-specific and transferable skills. You will also have the opportunity to attend a wide variety of seminars, symposiums and networking events to expand your intellectual horizons.

You will be a member of our new Future Economies research centre that aims to address the key challenges facing business in the 21st century. Manchester Met is also home to other major interdisciplinary research projects, including:

Courses offered, duration, and start dates

Programmes offered

  • PhD (3 years full time, 6 years part time)
  • Master's by Research (1 year full time, 2 years part time)
  • MPhil (18 months full time, 36 months part time)
  • PhD by Published Work or Professional Practice (course duration varies by route taken and candidate's background).

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Start dates

The majority of our students start their courses in October. We offer a further start point in January.

Career prospects

To date, our graduates are engaged in academic careers in universities around the globe, and hold senior strategic posts contributing to the sustainability of international economies and professional communities.

Course structure

This course is research based. You will independently conduct research into your own topic or a topic that we advertise. Your supervisory team will offer expert guidance throughout your studies and review work in progress.

Each year, you will follow a programme of training and development to enhance your research methods, subject-matter expertise and professional skills.

In your first year (or first two years if you are part-time) you will take four, compulsory, credit-based courses as part of our Doctoral Research Training programme.

Fees and funding

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2018/19 entry

Home/EU

  • Full time: £4,260
  • Part time: £2,130

Tuition fees are likely to increase each academic year in line with UK Research and Innovation guidelines.

International Students

International fees are categorised into five bands. Your tuition fee band will depend on the resources required for your project. We will confirm your band in your offer letter.

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2019/20 entry

Home/EU

Tuition fees for the academic year 2019/2020 will be:

  • £4,327 for full-time students
  • £2,164 for part-time students.

International students

International fees are categorised into five bands. Your tuition fee band will depend on the resources required for your project. We will confirm your band in your offer letter.

Additional project costs

For some research projects, we may need to charge you additional costs to cover, for example, access to specialist equipment, resources or materials. We will discuss these costs with you during your interview, and they will be clearly outlined in your offer letter before you accept a place here. Where we advertise specific research projects, the complete project costs will be included in the advert.

Loans for research degrees

Many of our PhD and Professional Doctorate programmes are eligible for the government's Doctoral Loan Scheme. MPhil and MA/MSc by Research degrees are eligible for a Postgraduate Loan.

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Scholarships

Each year we offer a number of competitive scholarships to support high quality research projects. Current scholarship opportunities in Business are advertised on our site.

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Entry requirements

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You should, as a minimum, have a first or 2.1 honours degree or an equivalent qualification.

International students must demonstrate a sufficiently high standard of English language ability (IELTS 7.0).

We welcome interest from applicants from non-standard backgrounds. We will take subject knowledge, professional experience, publications, or other appropriate evidence of accomplishment into consideration.

See more about our standard entry requirements.

Enquiries

Before applying for a research degree, you should have a preliminary discussion with a member of staff about your project and ideas. To arrange this, please email Dr Katarzyna Werner, k.werner@mmu.ac.uk, the Research and Knowledge Exchange Lead for the School of Accounting, Finance and Banking.

For further information on the application process, contact the Admissions team pgradmissions@mmu.ac.uk, +44 (0)161 247 2966

How to apply

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The quickest and most efficient way to apply for this course is to apply online using the link below. This way, you can also track your application at each stage of the process.

Before you apply, you should discuss your project with a member of academic staff. You should also complete the Postgraduate Research Degree Supplementary Information form which you will then upload to the ‘Student documents’ section of the application form. This collects key information about your research application and there may be delays if you do not submit this document.

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