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Accounting and Financial Management PhD Opportunities

  Henley Business School

About the Programme

This postgraduate research programme offers PhD or MPhil supervision in the area of accounting.

About the Programme

Join high calibre doctoral students from all around the world and study at a triple-accredited global business school. Henley Business School is ideally located, set on the beautiful Reading University campus, just 25 minutes by train from London. During your studies you will benefit from dedicated supervision, impressive facilities and high-quality support.

We offer PhD opportunities in a range of themes surrounding the subject of accounting. This includes theoretical and applied research in domains such as financial decision making; international regulation & policy analysis; accounting for sustainability; accounting education; governance & accountability.

The programme emphasises:

Formal research training (PhD/Masters level courses in year 1)

• Flexibility to meet individual needs

• Student-staff interaction

• Timely completion of the degree

As part of your personal development, you will be encouraged to engage in teaching (formal training provided), research activities, conferences and events around the world.


Henley Business School scholarships are available for the 2021-22 academic year. They are fully-funded scholarships covering tuition and maintenance, and will be awarded based on academic merit.

For more funding opportunities, please visit the Graduate School website.


You should have obtained a Masters degree at distinction level in a relevant area from an internationally recognised university. Relevant research and/or industry experience may also be considered.

As part of the application process you will also be asked to submit a research proposal. Prior to your submission, you may wish to discuss your proposal with an individual faculty member working in the area, though please avoid contacting multiple faculty members.


The application process normally consists of three main steps:

1. Formal application (incl. research proposal, CV, transcripts and reference letters)

2. Shortlisting based on the submitted documents

3. Formal interview

For fees (covered if fully funded), please visit the Graduate School website.


Within accounting, we work in several research areas that you can access through our webpage. We offer expertise from many subject fields and conducts interdisciplinary research in theoretical and application domains. We maintain a close-knit community of researchers working together as a team to carry out research in one or more of the research themes.

At the Henley Centre for Accounting and Research (HARP), these are just some of the research themes we have been involved in:

·      Sustainability Accounting and Reporting

·      Auditing and Accountability       

·      International financial reporting, social and institutional context of accounting regulation, rhetorical and argumentative functions of financial disclosure.

The list is not exhaustive, so we suggest that you also access individual academic profiles to align your interest with the departmental research agenda.


Please visit our website for full details. If you have any further questions, please contact .

Funding Notes

Some or all of the PhD opportunities in this programme have funding attached. Applications for this programme are welcome from suitably qualified candidates worldwide. Funding may only be available to a limited set of nationalities and you should read the full programme details for further information.

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