Dr Amal Ahmad Khair

Lecturer in Accounting and Finance

Faculty of Business, Law and Politics


+44 (0) 1482 463114

Before entering academia, Amal was an internal auditor at Malayan Banking Berhad (MBB) one of the biggest banks in Malaysia.

She held this position for four years, giving her vital professional experience in the fields of accounting and auditing.

After leaving MBB, she worked as a lecturer in accounting and auditing at a number of universities in Malaysia.

She came to the UK to pursue her doctoral studies at the University of Essex.


Research Interests

  • Corruption / bribery
  • Fraudulent accounting practices
  • Auditing
  • Ethics
  • Corporate governance


Otusanya J, Lauwo S and Khair A, 'The Culpability of Accounting Practice in Promoting Bribery and Corruption in Developing Countries', International Journal of Economics and Accounting (2017)

Hayati A, Khair A, Haniffa R, Hudaib M and Nazri M, 'Personalisation of Power, Neoliberalism and the Production of Corruption”, Accounting Forum, 3 Star ABS, vol 39, issue 3, pp 225-235 (2015)

Hayati A, Khair A and Sulaiman N A, 'Theories in Selected Academic Fields: Auditing and Governance', Selected Theories in Social Science Research, University of Malaya Press (2015)

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Programmes taught on (2019)

Modules list

  • Financial Control (Undergraduate Level 6)
  • Accounting and Finance (Full-time and Part-Time) (Undergraduate Level 4)
  • Accounting and Finance for Managers (Singapore teaching) (MBA level 7)
  • Management Accounting (Undergraduate Level 5)

Research PhDs

Dr Khair welcomes applications in similar areas to her research interests.

Completed PhDs

  • K Mohamed Yusof, Fraudulent Financial Reporting: an Application of Fraud Models to Malaysian Public Listed Companies (2016)
  • S Al Subhi, Performance Audit in Public Sector: More Representative Approach (2016)

Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • PhD (University of Essex)
  • MSc (International Islamic University Malaysia)
  • Bsc Hons (International Islamic University Malaysia)

External roles

  • Invited to be a reviewer for journals, Accountancy Business and the Public Interest and Journal in Islamic Accounting and Business Research

Awards and accolades

Grant secured

  • IPPBM grant, principal investigator, Malaysian Institute for Research in Youth Development, 2012, £7,000 (equivalent to MYR 35,000).
  • IYRES grant, joint investigator, Institute for Youth Research Malaysia, 2014, £4,000 (equivalent to MYR22,764).
  • Grant, principal investigator, Malaysian Institute for Research in Youth Development, to conduct research on the perceptions and accountability of Malaysian youths studying abroad, £7,000 (MYR 35,000)