Accounting and Finance

PhD

Our Accounting and Finance PhD programme aims to develop world-class researchers specialised in the area of finance and accounting.

Our investment in an excellent research environment and a flourishing cohort of PhD researchers coupled with our refreshingly interdisciplinary focus put the Management School at the forefront of academic research, making a difference to our many local, national and international partners.

The University of Liverpool Management School offers you the chance to explore your own ideas through our postgraduate research programmes. We provide a stimulating student experience combined with thought provoking advice from our academic staff and believe that postgraduate students are a vital part of the research environment of the School.

  • 160

    International experts shape world-class academic thought

  • REF 2014

    confirmed that the Management School has emerged rapidly to enter the high echelons of UK Schools of Business.

  • 90.4%

    of all our postgraduates are employed or in further study within 6 months of graduation (DLHE 2007).

Research at Liverpool

Our Accounting and Finance PhD programme aims to develop world-class researchers specialized in the area of finance and accounting. 

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

  • Asset Pricing and Investment Research,
  • Financial Economics and Econometrics,
  • Corporate Finance and Corporate Governance,
  • Market-Based Accounting Research, and
  • Auditing.

Research themes

Our academic staff not only publish in leading scholarly journals but also conduct research programmes for companies and governments worldwide. From the distribution of pharmaceuticals in Africa, through the development of micro-enterprise in India, to the regeneration of Merseyside, our research projects address key issues affecting the world. As a postgraduate student, you can be involved. Our research focuses on growing enterprises, growing innovation and growing communities, around the world and most importantly, in our own region.

Facilities

At your Management School Induction you will be shown the ‘Hot Desk’ working environment, exclusively for use by postgraduate research students.  As you progress through the programme, you will be allocated a space in a shared Postgraduate Student Office within the ULMS Doctoral Suite or Mulberry Court. 

ULMS has two dedicated computer suites located on the Ground floor of the building (Management School: Grove):

  • The McKenzie Trading Room offers 40 PCs with Bloomberg access.  Each PC has a dual monitor and a Bloomberg keyboard
  • The Grove Wing Computer Room has 28 PCs running the standard University of Liverpool Network. 
  • DataStream is available on one PC in the PGR Hot Desk Room, and on three PCs within the Grove Wing Computer Room.
  • Local printing/photocopying/scanning facilities.

Research groups

Research Clusters

  • Consumption and Experiential Marketing
  • Econometrics
  • History, Society and Institutions
  • International Business
  • People and Employment

Research Centres and Institutions

  • Centre for Entrepreneurship
  • Centre for Operations and Supply Chain
  • Heseltine Institute for Public Policy and Practice
  • Institute for Risk and Uncertainty

Knowledge Exchange

  • Development Research Initiative (DRIVE)
  • Liverpool Health Economics
  • Centre for Sports Business

Study options and fees

MPhil

The Master of Philosophy (MPhil) can be thought of as a shorter version of the PhD. It requires the same research skills, training, planning, and project management. It can be a way to assess whether you wish to undertake doctoral research - or it can be taken for its own sake.

Fees

Duration Home and EU Students International Students
Full time 2-4 years £4,327 (2019) excluding potential research support fees also known as ‘bench fees’. You will be notified of any fee which may apply in your offer letter. £22,000 (Lab based programmes) £16,700 (Non Lab based programmes) (2019) excluding potential research support fees also known as ‘bench fees’. You will be notified of any fee which may apply in your offer letter. Self funded full time international students studying a lab based programme will receive a £2,000 reduction in their fees for the first year only.
Part time 4-6 years £2,163.50 (2019) excluding potential research support fees also known as ‘bench fees’. You will be notified of any fee which may apply in your offer letter. £11,000 (Lab based programmes) £8,350 (Non Lab based programmes) (2019) excluding potential research support fees also known as ‘bench fees’. You will be notified of any fee which may apply in your offer letter.

* These fees don't include research support fees (also known as bench fees). After applying, you will receive the total cost to study with us.

PhD

A doctoral degree is awarded to students that have demonstrated the ability to conceptualise, design, and implement a substantial research project that results in new knowledge, applications, or understanding in their field of study. During your research, you can expect to draw on direct clinical and observational experience to produce an original thesis of 80,000-100,000 words. You'll be part of a research group which matches your research interests. Research groups offer opportunities for cross-disciplinary research collaboration, as well as support and expertise for your research.

Fees

Duration Home and EU Students International Students
Full time 2-4 years £4,327 (2019) excluding potential research support fees also known as ‘bench fees’. You will be notified of any fee which may apply in your offer letter. £22,000 (Lab based programmes) £16,700 (Non Lab based programmes) (2019) excluding potential research support fees also known as ‘bench fees’. You will be notified of any fee which may apply in your offer letter. Self funded full time international students studying a lab based programme will receive a £2,000 reduction in their fees for the first year only.
Part time 4-6 years £2,163.50 (2019) excluding potential research support fees also known as ‘bench fees’. You will be notified of any fee which may apply in your offer letter. £11,000 (Lab based programmes) £8,350 (Non Lab based programmes) (2019) excluding potential research support fees also known as ‘bench fees’. You will be notified of any fee which may apply in your offer letter.

* These fees don't include research support fees (also known as bench fees). After applying, you will receive the total cost to study with us.

Fee reduction for self-funded international students on lab-based programmes

If you're a self-funded international student studying a lab-based programme, you'll receive a £2,000 reduction in fees for your first year of study.

MD

The Doctor of Medicine (MD) is a doctoral degree open to medical practitioners (technically, anyone holding a medical qualification registrable with the General Medical Council). It is equivalent in requirements and format to the PhD.

Fees

Duration Home and EU Students International Students
Full time 2-4 years £4,327 (2019) excluding potential research support fees also known as ‘bench fees’. You will be notified of any fee which may apply in your offer letter. £22,000 (Lab based programmes) £16,700 (Non Lab based programmes) (2019) excluding potential research support fees also known as ‘bench fees’. You will be notified of any fee which may apply in your offer letter. Self funded full time international students studying a lab based programme will receive a £2,000 reduction in their fees for the first year only.
Part time 2-6 years £2,163.50 (2019) excluding potential research support fees also known as ‘bench fees’. You will be notified of any fee which may apply in your offer letter. £11,000 (Lab based programmes) £8,350 (Non Lab based programmes) (2019) excluding potential research support fees also known as ‘bench fees’. You will be notified of any fee which may apply in your offer letter.

* These fees don't include research support fees (also known as bench fees). After applying, you will receive the total cost to study with us.

Entry requirements

Eligibility and entry qualifications

Applications are welcomed from well qualified graduates who wish to undertake research programmes leading to a PhD on either a full- or part-time basis. For research we expect candidates to normally hold a UK first degree or equivalent in the first or 2:1 class, or 2:2 class degree plus a Masters degree, in a relevant subject.

English language requirements

To apply for this research degree, you must have reached a minimum standard of English. You need to be able to provide evidence of this.  See our English language requirements for international students for guidance on the different English language qualifications and evidence that you can provide. 

International qualifications

We welcome applications from within the EU and from around the world. You should ensure that your qualifications are equivalent to those which are required to study for this research degree.  See our guidance on international qualifications.

Additional requirements

To apply for this research degree, you must have reached a minimum standard of English. You need to be able to provide evidence of this. See our English language requirements for international students for guidance on the different English language qualifications and evidence that you can provide. 

International qualifications

We welcome applications from within the EU and from around the world. You should ensure that your qualifications are equivalent to those which are required to study for this research degree.  See our guidance on international qualifications.

How to apply

Research degree applications can be made online.  Before you apply, we recommend that you identify a supervisor and develop a research proposal.  You'll also need to ensure that you have funding to cover all fees.

Applications are open all year round.

More about applying for research degrees

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Find a supervisor

Your supervisor is your main source of academic support and mentoring. You'll need to find a supervisor before you start your research degree. It's helpful to identify a supervisor and discuss your research proposal before you apply.

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Related studentships: self-funded and funded PhD projects

Funding

LDC module

Your training and development

Join us and you'll also join the Liverpool Doctoral College, our home for doctoral support, training and development. You'll join a vibrant and collaborative community of researchers, get tailored support for your development and have the opportunity to undertake a work placement.

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