This integrated PhD (or 1+3) in accounting provides a route to doctoral study if you do not have a Masters degree, or have little to no research training.
You can choose to follow a traditional thesis approach, where you write a dissertation, or follow a 'three paper' thesis. This is where you produce three research articles, framed by an introduction and conclusion. Your supervisors support you to submit these papers to conferences and for publication in international journals, so you can begin to build you international research portfolio well before graduation.
You study at Essex Business School (EBS), world-renowned for research on governance, the impact of auditing and the effect of accounting practices in a globalised world. We are the largest department at the University of Essex, with more than a 100 doctoral students from 41 nationalities. Essex is proud to be ranked 25th in the UK for research quality (TGUG 2019).
As one of the few centres of Excellence for Critical Accounting Practices, we explore alternative aspects of accounting through a social science lens. We champion issues such as responsible management, sustainability and global development, business ethics and social responsibility, producing cutting-edge research that aims to make organisations better places to do business. Essex Business School is home to cutting-edge researchers, such as Emeritus Professor Prem Sikka, who is regularly cited in the national and international media.
The course begins with a preparatory year, where you undertake a Masters. This equips you with the business knowledge and research skills needed to begin PhD study in year two. Throughout the programme, you are encouraged to reflect on contemporary problems facing the world of accounting.
Our accounting research centres, Essex Accounting Centre and BAFA Accounting and Finance in Emerging Economies, organise seminars throughout the year. These give you access to the latest academic thinking and the opportunity to network with colleagues and visiting scholars from across the world. You also have the opportunity to present your work at our PhD conference each year.
You may decide to study on a full or part-time basis and we also offer an Mphil and a Masters by dissertation in this subject.
You may also be eligible for a PhD scholarship.
Our department boasts eight research centres across our two campuses, several leading journal editors and our research has been cited in the Bank of England, the European Central Bank and the Federal Reserve.
You are allocated two supervisors during your studies. They provide guidance and support to help you achieve your individual research goals, develop your research topic and create a personalised training plan. You meet with your supervisors at least once a month and are usually required to submit work before for feedback. Twice a year, you have a supervisory board meeting to discuss your progress and agree your plans for the next six months.
Your supervisors can also help you to plan your career development. Our academics often co-author publications with doctoral students and can help you to develop the transferable skills needed for the jobs market.
Browse our staff pages to find out more about our areas of supervision.
This integrated PhD is based at our Colchester Campus. You benefit from the UK’s first zero carbon business school building, visualising our commitment to sustainability and business ethics in accordance with the UN Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) .
You experience excellent research facilities, such as:
The University library is a short walk from our building and our Colchester Campus has ample IT labs.
Across the road from our building, buses take you to Colchester town centre and the railway station, where you can take trains directly to London. London Stansted airport is just over an hour away, providing connections to mainland Europe.
Our PhD graduates work at some of the best universities in the world, as well as organisations in the public and private sectors. Our research programmes are designed to foster the leaders and academics of tomorrow, who use creativity, innovation and ethical awareness to face the most important challenges facing the global economy.
You will need a good Masters degree, or equivalent, in a related subject. A well developed research proposal is also essential.
You will normally be required to attend an interview/Skype interview for acceptance, and acceptance is subject to research expertise in the department.
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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Fees will increase for each academic year of study.
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:
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.
We encourage you to make a preliminary enquiry directly to a potential supervisor or the Graduate Administrator within your chosen Department or School. We encourage the consideration of a brief research proposal prior to the submission of a full application.
We aim to respond to applications within four 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.
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.
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