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Accounting and Finance (PhD)

4 years (full-time) / 7 years (only available to UK/EU students) (part-time) / n/a (distance / e-Learning)

Note: this programme includes 1 year of research training (MSc Social Science Research Methods + PhD)

The Accounting and Finance Section at Cardiff Business School has an established and expanding worldwide reputation for conducting high quality theoretical and empirical research in accounting and finance and related fields.

Programme Aims

The programme enables students to:

Special Features

Course Description

We offer a full range of expertise, but the following areas are of particular strength:

Note: this programme includes 1 year of research training.

Course Structure

The route involves one year of research training followed by three years' work on your PhD topic. The training in the first year comprises of participation in general and subject-specific modules which leads to a Masters qualification in Social Science Research Methods.

Research training is increasingly being seen nationally and internationally as an important requirement for the successful completion of a doctoral thesis and Cardiff Business School places great store on this aspect of its Postgraduate Research Studies Programme.

Successful completion of the research training part of the programme, with an average mark of at least 60%, is compulsory in order for students to proceed to the research topic stage.

For further information, visit this webpage.

Resources & Facilities

Research Areas


A list of academic staff that can provide supervision can be found on the Cardiff Business School website.

Programme Assessment

Student will be assessed on a Dissertation of 20,000 words for the MSc in Social Science Research Methods component of the programme.

Students will be assessed on a Thesis of 80,000 words and a Viva Voce Examination for the PhD component of the programme.

Skills Acquired

Career Prospects

The PhD programme will prepare you either for a career as a leading academic scholar or to excel in business practitioning or senior public policy decision making.

Entry Requirements

Suitable for graduates in accounting, business, management, economics, finance, mathematics and statistics.

Applicants should have at least an upper second-class Honours degree and preferably a specialist Masters’ degree and an interest in pursuing in-depth research in an appropriate area.

If English is not your first language, you will be required to demonstrate oral and written fluency before being accepted onto the PhD Programme. A minimum score of 7.0 (writing scored 7.0, with no subscore less than 6.5) on the International English Language Test (IELTS) is required. Copies of appropriate English language certificates must be supplied with your application.

Please see our English Language Requirements guidance for more details.

How to Apply

Please complete the online application form for the Doctor of Philosophy (Business Studies).

Applicants are required to include a research proposal of 3 to 4 pages.

Decisions will be made on a continuous basis throughout the year.

The deadline for applications is June 30, 2016.

Available Funding

Each year a number of funded PhD studentships are available via the ESRC Wales Doctoral Training Centre (UK/EU students only), or Cardiff Business School.  Please visit the Cardiff Business School website for further information.

For further information about this programme, please see the Cardiff Business School website.

Next intake: October each year

School Contact

Name: PhD Programme Office, Cardiff Business School  

Telephone: +44 (0)29 2087 6786 

Fax: +44 (0)29 2087 4419 


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