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Overview

Finance affects almost every aspect of modern society, from the health of the global economy and the wellbeing of individual citizens, to the success or failure of businesses big and small. In the light of recent financial crises, we're working to prevent repeats of such events.

On the other hand our accounting research has an excellent reputation. 100% of our research in the area of business and management, which included accounting, was ranked as either outstanding or as having very considerable impact in the Research Excellence Framework 2014. Many of our research projects are funded by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) and the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA).

What you’ll experience

As a postgraduate researcher with us, you could examine the inner workings of financial markets and financial institutions, investigate the new technologies changing the financial sector, or study the upstart financial services challenging the status quo of traditional banking services.

Accounting plays an integral role in the stability and development of global economies and financial markets. Through proper oversight and management, accounting can help prevent repeats of the devastating financial crises seen in recent decades. If you're ready to embark on a postgraduate research degree in Accounting is the perfect course for you.

We're busy transforming our knowledge into research that's making an impact, and our work is helping individuals, firms and governments with their financial decision-making. When you do a postgraduate research degree with us, you'll play your part in investigating how pressing topics in accounting affect people and organisations all over the world.

Work experience and career planning

Once you complete your postgraduate research degree, you'll be a highly-skilled researcher with the knowledge and skills to make an impact in many different industries.

Your postgraduate research qualification demonstrates to potential employers that you're an intelligent, capable and motivated person, with provable abilities and experience in critical thinking, problem-solving, project management, communication, leadership and creativity.

After researching with us, our successful postgraduate research candidates have gone on to impressive positions in a variety of fields – with many of our PhD students going on to work as full-time academics at the University, and at other leading institutions around the world, including:

  • The Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport (Egypt)
  • Tianjin University of Commerce (China)
  • King Abdulaziz University (Saudi Arabia)
  • The University of Durham (UK)
  • The University of Southampton (UK)

Programme Structure

Current research

Explore the work we're doing across the 4 areas of expertise in our Accounting research.

  • Applied accounting and financial management
  • Accounting history
  • Forensic accounting, management control and governance
  • Accounting education

Explore the work we're doing in our 3 areas of expertise in Finance research.

  • Banking and financial markets
  • Corporate finance
  • Fintech and microfinance

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date

    February, October.

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
    Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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General Requirements

  • A second-class honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject or a master's degree in an appropriate subject, including accounting, business or a social science. 
  • Exceptionally, equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications will be considered. 
  • All shortlisted applicants are subject to interview.

Living costs for Portsmouth

  • 710 - 1100 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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