Research (Taxation)

University of Birmingham

12 months
9660 GBP/year
2190 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The Research (Taxation) programme at University of Birmingham is unique in the UK. It provides a route to obtain a MSc degree by production of a research thesis of a maximum of 40,000 words over a period of registration of 1 year (full time) or 2 years (part time). 


The University of Birmingham has a long tradition of business research, with roots dating back to the appointment of the country's first Professor of Accounting, we have a longstanding history of researching and teaching in the area of accounting and finance. Taxation has been a field we have taught and researched actively for more than 20 years. You would therefore be joining and benefiting from a very active research community in participating in Research (Taxation) programme at University of Birmingham

Where the research subject matter chosen lends itself, students may also become members of the CHASM research centre – a joint venture between the Business School and the School of Social Policy, one of the leading such Schools in the UK. This Centre focuses on personal asset management, financial capability, inclusion and welfare inequality issues producing policy relevant output in each of these areas, so subjects including personal and wealth taxation and the impact of tax on the individual and household would fit into this Centre’s interest. Other subjects are of course however, equally suitable to this programme.

A research proposal is necessary as part of the application process for this programme (find out more about producing a suitable research proposal), and a Skype or telephone interview (or face to face if needed) is likely to be required as part of the registration process to be accepted onto this programme.

If accepted, students can expect to have two supervisors, one a subject expert in the chosen area of taxation (who would act as the lead supervisor), and one with wider taxation knowledge to support the contextualisation and application of the work more generally. The subjects chosen for the work would be expected to study the leading edge of thinking in the various fields of taxation. Where needed research training will be made available to the student.


The University of Birmingham has invested heavily in careers and employability support. The Careers Team have been praised for enhanced developments within their team and for adopting a model of integrated employability and internship support; something that has been rolled out and implemented across all Schools and Colleges at the University.

Masters by Research students at Birmingham Business School will benefit from this additional investment; the school now has its own well qualified dedicated Careers Team to support students with employment opportunities, work placements, internships and how to succeed at interview. In addition, a range of career management, personal development and employer events are run each year by the Careers in Business Team to help you make the most of the opportunities available. 

The University also has dedicated careers advisors for International students who run workshops and networking opportunities with potential employers. These are especially popular with International MSc by Research students.

Programme Structure

The areas of Taxation research include:

  • Impact of taxation on the decision-making behaviour of individuals and businesses
  • role for and development of tax policy (particularly wealth and capital taxation)
  • taxation in global trade
  • tax education
  • tax law
  • tax history
  • Philosophies of tax

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 12 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines

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On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
First Class

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A good first degree is required and/or suitable professional qualification (eg membership of a tax, legal or accounting professional body of equivalent status to organisations such as the Chartered Institute of Taxation, Law Society, ACCA, CIMA, CIPFA, ICAS, ICAI, ICAEW etc ) with adequate practical post qualification experience (a minimum of 3 years would be normally expected)
  • Some UK presence during the programme will be normally expected as part of your research supervision

Tuition Fee

  • International

    9660 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9660 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2190 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2190 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.


  • International students can often gain funding through overseas research scholarships, Commonwealth scholarships or their home government

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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