Accounting and Finance research degrees

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Our programmes

The Hull University Business School (HUBS) offers MPhil and PhD research degrees in a number of research groups, including Accounting and Finance. On campus facilities for postgraduate research students are excellent - the Business School has a dedicated work room with cutting-edge facilities. PhD students have exclusive access to the Postgraduate Lounge in the newly refurbished Brynmor Jones Library, while all our research students can make use of facilities in the University's Graduate School. The Business School also subscribes to a full range of professional business information services including Reuters Datastream, Reuters Thomson One, Bloomberg, Wharton Research Data Services (including Compustat), Bankscope, and FAME to enhance your data exploration.

The MPhil usually requires two years of full-time study. By the end of the programme you will have undertaken research worth 360 credits including specialist research training and thesis preparation. PhD candidates, meanwhile, have the opportunity to add to the sum of knowledge in their chosen field by producing an original piece of research. At Hull, we will give you close support on your journey as well as help you find opportunities to boost your knowledge by working with researchers and attending conferences. Our PhD is a three year full-time programme which will require you to complete the equivalent of 540 credits worth of research, including both research specialist modules and research thesis preparation.

The Business School's full list of PhD titles include:

  • PhD Accounting
  • PhD Economics
  • PhD Finance
  • PhD Human Resource Management
  • PhD Management
  • PhD Marketing
  • PhD Systems Science


Our experts welcome applications from postgraduate students interested in higher degree research across a broad range of topics.


Accounting research examines how accounting information is identified, measured, valued, and disclosed. Accounting research also examines how stakeholders use accounting information, the regulatory environment in which the accounting profession operates, the effects of standard setting bodies, and the judgment and decision making of accounting professionals and other organisational stakeholders.


Our enthusiastic and committed Finance group conducts research on the social, economic, and organisational aspects of financial reporting, corporate finance and governance, corporate social responsibility and sustainability, banking, risk management, accountability and governance. The group has a particular focus on applied research as many members have professional work experience as well as academic qualifications.

Specific areas of research supervision where applications are welcomed include the following:

  • Taxation
  • Corporate finance, international banking, and performance measurement
  • Corporate finance and corporate governance
  • Management accounting, public sector accounting, accounting issues in developing and emerging economies  

Admissions status

Open for admission in 2018/19

Research options

MPhil: 2 years (full-time) / 3 years (part-time)

PhD: 4 years (full-time) / 7 years (part-time)


Home/EU: £4,195 (full-time) / £2,098 (part-time)

Overseas: £12,800 (full-time)

These fees are for all Accounting and Finance research degrees research programmes on this page. For courses lasting more than one year, small annual increases may apply. For more information, please visit

The Postgraduate Training Scheme

It is now widely recognised by employers, professional bodies and research funding agencies that specialist expertise alone is not sufficient preparation either for research or a subsequent career. With this in mind, the University of Hull requires all its postgraduate research students to follow a research training programme relating both to their particular field of study and to generic skills; for example, information technology and communication skills.

Postgraduate Training Scheme

Next steps


For information about bursaries and how to fund your studies see our money page, or take a look at our PhD scholarships page for specific funded PhD opportunities.

Entry requirements

For entry to either the MPhil or PhD programmes, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • A Masters degree with a sufficient research training element; or
  • An excellent Honours degree with a significant research training element; or
  • Significant other research credentials

Applicants must submit a research proposal, which is a key element of the application.

You are also required to provide the following:

  • Transcripts and certificates for all academic qualifications
  • Two good references, preferably academic
  • A personal statement
  • A CV or resume
International students (language requirements)

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each skill. For other English language proficiency qualifications acceptable by this University, please click here.

If your English currently does not reach the University?s required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.


Accounting and Finance are studied within the Hull University Business School, a leading UK business school dedicated to the development of responsible leadership for a complex world.

We are committed to achieving the very highest standards, highlighted in our multiple industry accreditations as well as our independent international accreditations such as AACSB, held by less than 5% of the world’s 13,000 business programmes.

Hull University Business School provides a range of facilities to support its teaching, learning, and research activities.