Accounting and Finance

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Run by Faculty of Social Sciences and Law
Awards available PhD
Programme length Four years full-time;
seven years part-time
Part-time study available Yes
Open to international students Yes
Number of places Not fixed
Start date Most students will start in October 2016, however other dates can be considered. Please contact the Graduate Studies Admissions Team to discuss the available options.

Programme overview

Research is central to the Department of Accounting and Finance at the University of Bristol. The recent UK-wide research assessment, REF2014, rated 78% of the school's research in Business and Management as 'world leading' or 'internationally excellent'. Studying for a PhD in the Department of Accounting and Finance will prepare students for a range of careers.

Fees for 2016/17

Full time fees


Part time fees


Fees quoted are provisional, per annum and subject to annual increase.

Funding for 2016/17

The Faculty of Social Sciences and Law has an allocation of 1+3 and +3 ESRC scholarships. Applicants may also be interested in applying for funding from the University of Bristol Scholarships and Alumni PhD Scholarships. 

Further information on funding for prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students.

Entry requirements

An upper second-class or first-class honours degree in a related subject (or equivalent), and/or a Masters qualification in a related subject.

See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

Application method Online application form
English language requirements Profile C
Further information about English language requirements
Admissions statement Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.

Research groups

The main research themes reflect the interests of staff members. The particular strengths of the Department lie in applied financial econometrics (Evarist Stoja, Nick Taylor), empirical finance (Daniella Acker, George Bulkley, Sylvain Friederich, Paula Hill, Piotr Korczak, Neslihan Ozkan, Nick Taylor), financial reporting and auditing (Mark Clatworthy, Mike Jones, Yingfa Lu), management accounting (Stephen Lyne), public sector accounting (Sheila Ellwood), and accounting for sustainability (Stuart Cooper).

Further details of the current research and supervision interests of individual members of staff are available on the school website.


The programme provides excellent preparation for careers in investment management, trading, consulting and corporate finance. Another popular route for graduates is to pursue specific research interests or academia.

Staff profiles

Further details of the current research and supervision interests of individual members of staff are available on the school website.

How to apply
Application deadline:

Not fixed but early application is advised. The deadline for funded applications will be mid-February 2016 (ESRC and UoB funding application deadline to be confirmed).

International students

Find out more about becoming a student at Bristol, and the support we offer to international students.

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REF 2014 results

  • 24% of research is world-leading (4 star)
  • 54% of research is internationally excellent (3 star)
  • 22% of research is recognised internationally (2 star)
  • 0% of research is recognised nationally (1 star)

Results are from the most recent UK-wide assessment of research quality, conducted by HEFCE. More about REF 2014 results.

Bristol Doctoral College

The Bristol Doctoral College facilitates and supports doctoral training and researcher development across the University.

Get in touch

Graduate Studies Admissions Team Phone: +44 (0) 117 394 1519 Email:

Graduate Studies Office
School of Economics, Finance and Management
8 Woodland Road


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