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
Location of programme Clifton campus
Part-time study available Yes
Open to international students Yes
Start date Most students will start in October 2017, however other dates can be considered. Please contact the graduate studies admissions team to discuss the options available.

Programme overview

Research is central to the Department of Accounting and Finance at the University of Bristol. The most recent UK-wide research assessment, REF2014, rated 78 per cent 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 2017/18

Full-time fees


Part-time fees


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

Alumni scholarship

University of Bristol students and graduates can benefit from a ten per cent reduction in tuition fees for postgraduate study. Check your eligibility for an alumni scholarship.

Funding for 2017/18

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 scholarship fund or alumni PhD scholarship fund.

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 a master's degree in a related subject either attained or under way at the time of application.

In considering applications, significant weight will be given to the extent to which your application demonstrates a clearly thought out and specific interest in research and how this would fit into the wider context of research undertaken in the department.

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, empirical finance, financial reporting and auditing, management accounting, public sector accounting and accounting for sustainability.

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


The primary purpose of this qualification is to prepare for a career in research.

Staff profiles

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

Tuan Ho, (Lecturer in Finance and Accounting), Managers' Disclosure Strategies; Market Anomalies; Security Analysts' Forecasts; Valuation Models

George Bulkley, (Professor of Financial Economics), Application of behavioural finance to all of these areas.; Development of trading rules to exploit stock and bond miss pricing.; General area: The performance of Financial Markets, and in particular empirical tests of asset pricing models ; Test of models of aggregate equity pricing; Test of models of individual stock pricing; Test of models of the term structure of interest rates

Mark Clatworthy, (Head of Department of Accounting and Finance & Professor of Accounting), Accounting and capital markets; Empirical research on audit markets; Financial accounting

Stuart Cooper, (Professor of Accounting), Carbon accounting; Performance measurement and management; Sustainability reporting

Sheila Ellwood, (Professor of Financial Reporting), Financial reporting particularly in public services; NHS management accounting and auditing; Stakeholder accounting

Tamer Elshandidy, (Lecturer in Accounting), Corporate governance; Market-based accounting research; Textual analysis

Sylvain Friederich, (Senior Lecturer in Finance), Empirical market microstructure

Fabiana Gomez, (Lecturer in Finance), Corporate Finance; Economics of Financial Markets ; Microeconomics of Banking

Paula Hill, (Reader in Finance), Credit ratings; Credit risk

Daniella Acker, (Professor of Finance and Accounting), Behavioural finance; Market-based accounting research; Tax and capital structure

Michael Jones, (Professor of Financial Reporting), Financial reporting particularly financial communication; History of accounting; Social and environmental accounting

Nick Taylor, (Professor of Financial Economics), Empirical finance; Financial econometrics; Volatility modelling and forecasting

Piotr Korczak, (Reader in Finance), Cross-country differences in corporate governance mechanisms; Insider trading; International cross-listing

Yingfa Lu, (Lecturer in Accounting and Finance), Accounting profession; Auditing; Regulation

Steve Lyne, (Senior Academic Fellow), Activity-based techniques; Balanced Scorecard and performance measurement; Budgeting and management control

Neslihan Ozkan, (Professor of Finance), Corporate finance; Corporate governance; Financial economics

Evarist Stoja, (Reader in Finance), Applied financial econometrics; Asset pricing; Quantitative finance

Fangming Xu, (Lecturer in Finance), Corporate finance; Corporate governance; Mergers and acquisitions

Adriana Korczak, (Senior Lecturer in Accounting), Analysts’ forecasts; Corporate insiders' trading; Credit ratings; Earnings management

How to apply
Application deadline:

Not fixed, but early application is advised. The deadline for funded applications tends to be mid-February (the ESRC and University of Bristol funding application deadline is still 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.

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Graduate Studies Office
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