Accounting and FinanceFind a programme
|Run by||Faculty of Social Sciences and Law|
Four years full-time;
seven years part-time
|Location of programme||Clifton campus|
|Part-time study available||Yes|
|Open to international students||Yes|
|Number of places||Not fixed|
|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.|
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
Fees quoted are provisional, per annum and subject to annual increase.
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.
An upper second-class or first-class honours degree in a related subject (or equivalent), or a Master's qualification in a related subject.
All accounting PhD students are expected to take the following three courses (including formal assessment) from the MSc Accounting and Finance programme in their first year:
- EFIMM0033 Contemporary Issues in Accounting
- EFIMM0005 Quantitative Methods for Finance and Investment
- EFIMM0032 Research Design and Qualitative Research Methods in Accounting and Finance
More information about these units can be found on the MSc programme webpage.
See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.
|Application method||Online application form|
|English language requirements||
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.|
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 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.
Further details of the current research and supervision interests of individual members of staff are available on the school website.
Matt Bamber, (Lecturer in Accounting and Finance), Accounting education; Corporate communication; Financial instrument reporting
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
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).
Find out more about becoming a student at Bristol, and the support we offer to international students.
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org