Postgraduate Course

MRes Accounting

MRes Accounting

Overview

The details
Accounting
October 2021
Full-time
1 year
Colchester Campus

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; 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 Loan Company for students from the UK.

Why we're great.
  • Our MRes is a direct response to ESRC research training requirements
  • We teach you to be accountable, act ethically and make financial decisions that positively impact both organisations and society
  • We are home to world-renowned accounting academics
THE Awards 2018 - Winner University of the Year

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.

Specialist facilities

We’re proud of our stunning Essex Business School. 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

Your future

The Careers Services 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.

“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

Entry requirements

UK entry requirements

You should have a good 2:2 honours degree, or equivalent, in accounting or related discipline.

International & EU entry requirements

We accept a wide range of qualifications from applicants studying in the EU and other countries. Get in touch with any questions you may have about the qualifications we accept. Remember to tell us about the qualifications you have already completed or are currently taking.

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English language requirements

If English isn’t your first language, we require IELTS 6.5 overall with a minimum component score of 5.5 in all components.

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.

Additional Notes

The University uses academic selection criteria to determine an applicant’s ability to successfully complete a course at the University of Essex. Where appropriate, we may ask for specific information relating to previous modules studied or work experience.

Structure

Example structure

Most of our courses combine compulsory and optional modules, giving you freedom to pursue your own interests. All of the modules listed below provide an example of what is on offer from the current academic year. Our Programme Specification provides further details of the course structure for the current academic year.

Our research-led teaching is continually evolving to address the latest challenges and breakthroughs in the field, therefore to ensure your course is as relevant and up-to-date as possible your core module structure may be subject to change.

The example structure below is representative of this course if taken full-time. If you choose to study part-time, the modules will be split across 2 years.

Teaching and learning disclaimer

Following the impact of the pandemic, we made changes to our teaching and assessment to ensure our current students could continue with their studies uninterrupted and safely. These changes included courses being taught through blended delivery, normally including some face-to-face teaching, online provision, or a combination of both across the year.

The teaching and assessment methods listed show what is currently planned for 2021 entry; changes may be necessary if, by the beginning of this course, we need to adapt the way we’re delivering them due to the external environment, and to allow you to continue to receive the best education possible safely and seamlessly.

Issues in Financial Reporting (optional)

Demonstrate a critical understanding of major current issues in financial accounting and reporting. You develop an awareness of financial reporting theory, the problematic nature of accounting measurements and disclosures, corporate disclosure regulation, the implications of market efficiency for financial reporting, and the potential role of accounting information in social reporting and collective bargaining.

View Issues in Financial Reporting (optional) on our Module Directory

Management Accounting (optional)

Management accounting provides information required for decision-making, planning and control and cost management. You examine a range of contemporary issues in management accounting such as activity-based costing, strategic management accounting and other management accounting issues. You also evaluate contemporary approaches of management control theories to understand the current practices of management accounting locally and globally.

View Management Accounting (optional) on our Module Directory

Philosophies of Research and Advanced Qualitative Research Methods
Research Evaluation

Explore a range of theoretical, philosophical and methodological approaches to the conduct of doctoral research with a focus on the literature phase of a research project. You scrutinise the process of writing an academic literature review, develop a literature-based research plan for your dissertation, integrating subject-specific learning with insights on research methodology and epistemology.

View Research Evaluation on our Module Directory

Research Methods in Accounting

This module equips you with a critical understanding of research methods and methodologies in the field of accounting. You develop the skills needed to explore issues in accounting and identify, choose and implement research designs and strategies.

View Research Methods in Accounting on our Module Directory

Dissertation

Your dissertation is the culmination of your Masters programme, where you apply the knowledge gained on your course to produce an extended independent piece of work. You generate an original idea, analyse literature and current knowledge and produce a coherent argument that shows your ability to relate theory to practice. Your dissertation will help you develop vital skills for the workplace, as well as the ability to analyse real problems through an academic lens. You are assigned a supervisor for the duration of your project.

View Dissertation on our Module Directory

Teaching

  • You learn via a combination of lectures, seminars, group and individual tasks and directed independent study.

Assessment

  • You will be assessed through a combination of examinations and coursework assignments, which may take a number of forms, such as essays, case studies, theoretical and empirical studies.

Dissertation

  • You undertake a 15,000 word dissertation

Fees and funding

Home/UK fee

£12,410

International fee

£19,380

EU students commencing their course in the 2021-22 academic year will be liable for the International fee.

Fees will increase for each academic year of study.

What's next

Open Days

We hold 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 tours@essex.ac.uk and we’ll arrange an individual campus tour for you.

Applying

You can apply for this postgraduate course online. Before you apply, please check our information about necessary documents that we’ll ask you to provide as part of your application.

We aim to respond to applications within two weeks. If we are able to offer you a place, you will be contacted via email.

For information on our deadline to apply for this course, please see our ‘how to apply’ information.

Colchester Campus

Visit Colchester Campus

Home to 15,000 students from more than 130 countries, our Colchester Campus is the largest of our three sites, making us one of the most internationally diverse campuses on the planet - we like to think of ourselves as the world in one place.

The Campus is set within 200 acres of beautiful parkland, located two miles from the historic town centre of Colchester – England's oldest recorded town. Our Colchester Campus is also easily reached from London and Stansted Airport in under one hour.

 

Virtual tours

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.

Exhibitions

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.

At Essex we pride ourselves on being a welcoming and inclusive student community. We offer a wide range of support to individuals and groups of student members who may have specific requirements, interests or responsibilities.


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