About the course
Our MRes Accounting is designed for those wishing to follow a career in research and/or academia. It is the ideal first step if you hope to progress to doctoral studies, such as PhD.
We equip you with the skills and knowledge to appreciate the depth and breadth of accounting theories and techniques and apply these within a social science context. The content of our course is a direct response to requirements for, and suggested improvements in, research training laid down by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).
You deepen your thinking about accounting and develop a broader understanding of the changing roles and perception of accounting within an ever-changing social context.
You develop knowledge and understanding of:
- research skills, including both quantitative and qualitative approaches
- theoretical stances underpinning different approaches to research
- how to design a research proposal, including construction of research questions and/or hypotheses
- launching and managing a research project, including data collection, analysis and interpretation
You study at Essex Business School, ranked in the top 25 in the UK for research excellence and research intensity (REF, 2014). In addition, 75% of our research was deemed world leading or internationally excellent (REF, 2014).
Our MRes Accounting is also available to study part-time.
Postgraduate loans for Masters courses are now available from the Student Loans Company, worth up to £10,000, for students from the UK and EU.
“I chose this course because I wanted to develop my research skills before continuing to a PhD. Essex Business School takes a philosophical and social science approach to research and that appealed to me. I’ve found the staff to be professional and friendly.”
Mohammad Ali Al-Tamimi, MRes Accounting 2016
Our expert staff
Our expert staff are a combination of leading academics and practitioners at the forefront of accounting research. For example, Emeritus Professor Prem Sikka is a world-renowned critic of tax avoidance and has been quoted in The Guardian, The Huffington Post and The Independent.
We’re home to three internationally respected accounting research centres:
You benefit from the very latest thinking in:
- corporate governance
- corporate social responsibility
- accounting in the public and third sector
- accounting in emerging economies
- corporate reporting and regulations
We address the important issues faced by commercial businesses, public sector bodies and not-for-profit organisations using social science theories and concepts.
We’re proud of our stunning Essex Business School building, which uses a sustainable design.
As well as being the first zero carbon business school in the UK, the building provides a superb working environment for our community of students and staff.
You benefit from facilities such as:
- a virtual trading floor with Bloomberg Financial Market terminals
- a fully staffed student services helpdesk
- a lush winter garden, which contributes to the building’s own micro-climate
- group working and networking areas
- Bonds café
- study skills workshops for postgraduate students
Our MRes puts you in a particularly strong position to progress to doctoral studies in the field of accounting, for example by studying for a PhD.
The School’s employability team and the University’s Employability and Careers Centre are here to support you in your career decisions and provide information on further work experience, internships, placements, and voluntary opportunities. There is also access to employer talks on campus.
UK entry requirements
You should have a 1st, 2:1 or good 2:2 degree, or equivalent, in accounting or related discipline.
International and EU entry requirements
We accept a wide range of qualifications from applicants studying in the EU and other countries.
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undergraduate qualification you have already completed or are currently taking.
English language requirements
If English isn’t your first language, we require IELTS 6.5 overall with a minimum component score of 5.5 except for 6.0 in writing.
If you do not meet our IELTS requirements then you may be able to complete a pre-sessional English pathway that enables you to start your course without retaking IELTS.
You can apply for our postgraduate courses online. You’ll need to provide us with your academic qualifications, as well as supporting documents such as transcripts, English language qualifications and certificates. You can find a list of necessary documents online, but please note we won’t be able to process your application until we have everything we need.
There is no application deadline but we recommend that you apply before 1 July for our taught courses starting in October. We aim to respond to applications within two weeks. If we are able to offer you a place, you will be contacted via email.
We hold postgraduate events in February/March and November, and open days for all our applicants throughout the year. Our Colchester Campus events are a great way to find out more about studying at Essex, and give you the chance to:
- tour our campus and accommodation
- find out answers to your questions about our courses, student finance, graduate employability, student support and more
- meet our students and staff
If the dates of our organised events aren’t suitable for you, feel free to get in touch by emailing email@example.com and we’ll arrange an individual campus tour for you.
If you live too far away to come to Essex (or have a busy lifestyle), no problem. Our 360 degree virtual tour allows you to explore the Colchester Campus from the comfort of your home. Check out our accommodation options, facilities and social spaces.
Our staff travel the world to speak to people about the courses on offer at Essex. Take a look at our list of exhibition dates to see if we’ll be near you in the future.