University of Essex

University of Essex


This course is based in one of the few centres of excellence for critical accounting practices. You can explore issues surrounding accountability, professional disciplinary processes and accounting professions, and you are encouraged to reflect on the problems of contemporary accounting practices. With a particular emphasis on governance and auditing practices in developing countries and the impact of accounting practices in a globalised world, you will have access to leading academics both in their supervision and through regular visiting scholars from across the accounting world. The opportunity to work within a group with a trailblazing reputation for exploring alternative dimensions of accounting results in an excellent supervisory experience that will lead to the development of new insights into accountability processes that are relevant to policy and practice.

Entry requirements

For research study within our Essex Business School, we normally require a good Master's degree, or equivalent, in a relevant discipline. A well developed research proposal is also essential. However, if you do not have a Master's degree, we also offer a 4-year integrated PhD, where your 1st year is spent doing a Master's before embarking on your research. This preparatory year ensures you develop your knowledge before embarking on your independent research. If English is not your 1st language, then we will require you to have IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.

Assessment methods

Assessment methods include thesis.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
PhD Full-time £ 4,050 per Academic year (home fees) 3 years
PhD Full-time £ 12,500 per Academic year (overseas fees) 3 years
PhD Full-time £ 4,050 per Academic year (home fees) 4 years
PhD Full-time £ 12,500 per Academic year (overseas fees) 4 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Colchester Campus Colchester CO4 3SQ South East

Key information

Graduate Administrator, Essex Business School
Telephone number: 
01206 872719