Lancaster University

Lancaster University

Accounting and Finance

The degree includes research training, directed study and a thesis. The first year of the PhD programme consists of 10 assessed modules, plus a preliminary research project that will contribute to your final thesis. Progression to years 2 and 3 of the programme is contingent on your 1st year performance. The thesis aims to develop researchers for positions as academic teachers and researchers in leading universities, or intellectually and technically demanding roles in business and the public sector. You will learn specialist skills and develop insights necessary to become productive researchers of international standard, as well as gaining a wide scholarly perspective on finance, accounting and other management areas. We emphasise communication and presentation skills, which are absolutely necessary for effective dissemination of research and teaching. The University is a member of the North West Doctoral Training Centre (NWDTC) established by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). As part of this initiative our accounting and finance students take research training modules offered by Manchester University on a reciprocal basis. This permits students to take more specialised courses closer to their specific research interests. Suitable candidates interested in conducting research in any of our main areas of academic specialisation are invited to apply for the PhD programme.

Entry requirements

A Masters degree with 70 per cent overall and 70 per cent in the dissertation element is required. In exceptional circumstances, an upper 2nd Class Honours degree with relevant research experience. Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) score is often required for non-UK qualifications. Students whose 1st language is not English require an overall IELTS score 7.0, with no element less than 6.0.

Course modules

Modules include: Accounting theory; finance theory; qualitative research methods; quantitative techniques; research methodology.

Assessment methods

Assessment is by original research and thesis.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
PhD Full-time £ 3,900 per Academic year (home fees) 3 years
PhD Full-time £ 12,620 per Academic year (overseas fees) 3 years
PhD Full-time £ 3,900 per Academic year (EU fees) 3 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Lancaster University Lancaster LA1 4YW North West

Key information

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