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Accounting PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships

We have 30 Accounting PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships

A PhD in Accounting gives doctoral students the opportunity to undertake a significant research project in Accounting, Finance and other related subject areas. You’ll have the chance to use qualitative and quantitative research methods, as well as investigating how your work can be applied in business, policy and commercial sectors.

What’s it like to do a PhD in Accounting?

Doing a PhD in Accounting will let you broaden your academic horizons, as well as hone in on aspects of Accounting that you find especially compelling. These programmes can be particularly useful for practicing accountants who several years of professional experience and wish to take their career to the next level.

Whether you’re examining the impact of government policy and the law on accounting practices or figuring out new ways of improving the cybersecurity of accountancy software, a doctoral degree in Accounting allows you to spend at least three years on your research project, under the supervision of renowned experts in your field.

Some typical Accounting PhD research topics include:

  • Taxation
  • Corporate social responsibility
  • Payroll management
  • Corporate and personal finance management
  • Financial policy
  • Public sector accounting
  • Sustainability practices and accounting

The nature of Accounting means that there’s also plenty of scope for interdisciplinary study, with subjects like Economics, Business and Law offering excellent opportunities for cross-departmental research.

Entry requirements

The entry requirements for a typical PhD in Accounting usually involve a Bachelors and a Masters degree in a related subject. You’ll also need to submit a compelling research proposal detailing your study plans. You may also need some professional experience in Accounting, depending on the programme.

PhD in Accounting funding options

In the UK, PhDs in Accounting are funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), which provides a tuition fee waiver and a living cost stipend. Depending on the programme, you may submit your own research proposal before being considered for funding, or apply for a project that already has funding attached.

It’s also possible to apply for a PhD loan to help with the costs of a doctorate in Accounting (although this can’t be combined with Research Council funding). Other options for financial support include university scholarships, graduate teaching assistantships and charities.

If you’re considering a part-time PhD in Accounting, it may also be worth asking your employer if they’re happy to sponsor you.

PhD in Accounting careers

A PhD in Accounting will equip you with the tools to pursue a career in any number of business sectors that require expertise in accountancy. Whether you’re applying your research in a legal or corporate context, teaching the next generation of accountants or setting up your own firm, the research skills you’ve developed are bound to come in handy.

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Doctorate of Business Administration (DBA)

About the course. The Doctorate of Business Administration (DBA) program at Grenoble is a prestigious, internationally recognized doctoral program designed for business leaders and academics looking to advance their careers through research-driven solutions. Read more

Leeds University Business School

Challenge thinking. Create knowledge. Make an Impact. As a Leeds University Business School postgraduate researcher you will contribute fully to the advancement of knowledge within the Business School. Read more

Fully funded PhD Scholarships for Home (UK) Students at the School of Business, University of Dundee, the UK

The School of Business at the University of Dundee, UK, invites applications from home (UK) students for fully funded PhD positions in the broad range of research areas within accounting, economics, finance, Islamic finance, management and marketing. Read more

An investigation of transaction-level P2P Lending in Germany and the EU

  Research Group: Centre for Research into Accounting and Finance in Context (CRAFiC)
Project description. The proposed investigation seeks to advance understanding of the impact of Fintech on economic inclusivity and growth within the context of Europe’s evolving digital transformation. Read more

PhD Opportunities in the Faculty of Business and Law

The Open University Business and Law Schools invite applications to join our PhD programme beginning 1 February 2025.  Your application should be based on one of the advertised projects. Read more

Postgraduate Research Opportunities in Law

About the School of Law. The School of Law fosters and promotes research in all major fields of legal study. Our research explores contemporary issues across the fields of law and criminal justice, informing policy and practice on a national and international level. Read more

PhD in Business Administration at Grenoble Ecole de Management

Join the PhD program at Grenoble Ecole de Management and prepare for a career as a faculty member at top international business schools. Read more

INSEAD PhD in Management

INSEAD PHD POSITIONS IN MANAGEMENT (FULL-TIME STUDIES, WITH SCHOLARSHIPS) for the mid-August 2025 intake. INSEAD, one of the world's leading and largest business schools, is looking for 16–18 bright potentials to join its premier PhD in Management programme in the following areas. Read more

Warwick Business School: PhD Programme

Develop yourself as an early career researcher with our prestigious Doctoral Programme. We are pleased to offer the following two courses for 2024 entry. Read more

PhD/MSc+PhD in Economics

The Department of Economics at Lancaster University Management School (LUMS) is inviting applications for entry into its PhD and Integrated PhD (one-year Masters plus four-year Doctoral study) programmes. Read more

PhD Programme in Accounting and Finance

The Department of Accounting and Finance at Lancaster University Management School (LUMS) invites applications for PhD programme in Accounting and Finance. Read more

PhD (School of Management) Doctorate

Study a PhD at the University of Bradford and contribute new and significant knowledge to the field of business and management. Read more

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