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
Start date Most students will start in October 2022, however other dates can be considered.

Programme overview

Research is central to the School of Accounting and Finance at the University of Bristol. The most recent UK-wide research assessment, REF 2014, rated 78% of the school's research in business and management as 'world leading' or 'internationally excellent'.

Candidates entering the PhD programme are normally required to take 60 credit points of taught units in their first year and to participate in PhD workshops and reading groups. Students are also encouraged to undertake further training in agreement with their supervisor for the duration of their studies.

The main research training is taken from amongst two categories of units, with separate lists for Accounting and for Finance students. The units are chosen in consultation with the supervisors to suit the student’s PhD research. The pass mark set by the University for any level 7(M) unit is 50 out of 100.

Fees for 2022/23

We charge an annual tuition fee. Fees for 2022/23 are as follows:

UK: full-time
£4,565
UK: part-time
£2,283
Overseas: full-time
£19,500

Following the recent changes to fee assessment regulation, Channel Islands and Isle of Man students will no longer be charged a separate tuition fee. From the 2021/22 academic year they will be charged the same fees as Home students.

Fees are subject to an annual review. For programmes that last longer than one year, please budget for up to a five per cent increase in fees each year. Find out more about tuition fees.

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 2022/23

Students applying to research programmes in the Faculty of Social Sciences and Law may apply for funding from a range of sources. Applicants can find details about applying to these scholarships and deadlines for application here. Further information on funding for prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students can be found here.

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 qualification), and a master's degree in a related subject either attained or underway at the time of application.

See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you need to meet this profile level:
Profile B
Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.

Admissions statement

Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.

Admissions statement

Research groups

The main research themes reflect the interests of staff members. The particular strengths of the school lie in applied financial econometrics, empirical finance, corporate 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.

When writing the research statement to accompany your application, the primary requirement is to define and situate your research within an academic/disciplinary context. You should remember that people in the academic community are the main audience or readership for postgraduate research. This means that you will need to identify: 
1. The research questions or problems that you intend to address; 
2. The research context for your project/programme of work; 
3. The methods you think you will use to pursue the key questions
4. Two potential supervisors for your research – please refer to the staff profiles as listed by research group/interest.

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

Careers

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

Staff profiles

Accountability, Sustainability and Governance

Dr Alice Bryer, (Reader in Accounting)

Professor Chris Chapman, (Professor of Management Accounting)

Professor Stuart Cooper, (Professor of Accounting)

Dr Tim Kasim, (Lecturer in Accounting)

Professor Giovanna Michelon, (Professor of Accounting)

Dr Chinyere Uche, (Lecturer in Accounting)

Dr Lei Wang, (Lecturer in Accounting)

Banking

Dr Sonny Biswas, (Senior Lecturer in Finance)

Dr Piotr Danisewicz, (Senior Lecturer in Finance)

Dr Tobias Dieler, (Lecturer in Finance)

Dr Fabiana Gomez, (Senior Lecturer in Finance)

Dr Balint Horvath, (Senior Lecturer in Finance)

Professor Klaus Schaeck, (Professor of Banking and Finance)

Professor Evarist Stoja, (Professor of Finance)

Corporate Finance

Professor Paula Hill, (Professor in Finance)

Dr Kirak Kim, (Lecturer in Finance)

Dr Adriana Korczak, (Senior Lecturer in Accounting)

Dr Anna Neufeld, (Lecturer)

Dr Guillem Ordonez-Calafi, (Lecturer in Finance)

Professor Neslihan Ozkan Professor of Finance

Dr Mariano P Scapin, (Lecturer in Finance)

Dr Giuseppe Pratobevera, (Lecturer in Finance)

Dr Silvina Rubio, (Lecturer in Finance)

Professor Evarist Stoja, (Professor of Finance)

Professor Ian Tonks, (Professor of Finance)

Dr Fangming Xu Senior Lecturer in Finance

Financial Markets

Dr Anne-Florence Allard, (Lecturer in Finance)

Dr Tobias Dieler, (Lecturer in Finance)

Dr Miklos Farkas, (Lecturer in Finance)

Dr Sylvain Friederich Senior Lecturer in Finance

Professor Richard Harris, (Professor of Finance)

Professor Paula Hill, (Professor in Finance)

Dr Tuan Ho, (Senior Lecturer in Finance and Accounting)

Dr Kirak Kim, (Lecturer in Finance)

Dr Guillem Ordonez-Calafi, (Lecturer in Finance)

Dr Manuela Pedio

Professor Evarist Stoja, (Professor in Finance)

Professor Nick Taylor, (Professor of Financial Economics)

Professor Ian Tonks, (Professor of Finance)

Dr Fangming Xu, (Senior Lecturer in Finance)

Dr Liyi Zheng, (Lecturer in Finance)

Financial Reporting

Dr Ruby Brownen-Trinh, (Lecturer in Accounting)

Dr Joe Cho, (Lecturer in Accounting)

Professor Mark Clatworthy, (Professor of Accounting)

Dr Tuan Ho, (Lecturer in Finance and Accounting)

Dr Adriana Korczak, (Senior Lecturer in Accounting)

Professor Giovanna Michelon, (Professor of Accounting)

Dr Mariano Scapin Lecturer in Accounting

Dr Zilu Shan, (Lecturer in Accounting)

Dr Nikos Tsileponis, (Lecturer in Accounting)

Dr Xiaoyong Wu, (Lecturer in Accounting)

Management Accounting

Dr Chiara Bottausci, (Lecturer in Accounting)

Dr Alice Bryer, (Reader in Accounting)

Professor Chris Chapman, (Professor of Management Accounting)

Professor Stuart Cooper, (Professor of Accounting)

Dr Tim Kasim, (Lecturer in Accounting)

Dr Emma Pugh, (Lecturer in Management Accounting)

Ms Claire Spencer, (Lecturer)

Dr Myada Tawfik, (Lecturer in Accounting)

Dr Chinyere Uche, (Lecturer in Accounting)

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Find out how to apply

Application deadline:

Applications open on 4 October 2021 and will be considered in four rounds, with Round One closing on 29 November 2021; Round Two on 21 January 2022 and Round Three on 25 April 2022. Round Four closes on 11 July 2022. Applications to begin study in September 2022 will not be accepted after that.

Applicants wishing to be considered for ESRC funding or China Scholarship Council funding should check the relevant websites for 2022/23 funding deadlines.

If you wish to be considered for ESRC scholarship, the final deadline for submitting your PhD application is 5 January 2022. If you are nominated for the scholarship, you will receive an email shortly after that about the ESRC studentship process. Early application is strongly encouraged.

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Get in touch

Graduate Studies PGR Team Email: acfi-pgr@bristol.ac.uk

School website: School of Accounting and Finance

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REF 2014 results

  • Business and Management Studies:
  • 24% of research is world-leading (4*)
  • 54% of research is internationally excellent (3*)
  • 22% of research is recognised internationally (2*)
  • 0% of research is recognised nationally (1*)

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

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