Accounting and Finance PhD/MPhil/MSc (Research): University of Birmingham

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Birmingham Business School, University House, Edgbaston Park Road, Birmingham, B15 2TY, United Kingdom
Course Beginning 
Generally September
PhD – 3 years full-time equivalent, MPhil – 2 years full-time equivalent, MSc (Research) – 1 year full-time equivalent
Scholarship and Grants 

The University has a number of scholarships available to support students – home/EU students should request a Sources of Finance booklet for further information. You can view this as a downloadable pdf: Sources of Finance (pdf 2.05MB) or request a printed copy by emailing: International students can find details of scholarships at

+44 121 414 8307
+44(0)121 414 7380


With roots dating back to the appointment of the country's first Professor of Accounting, the group has a longstanding history of researching and teaching in the area of accounting and finance.

Head: Mr Andy LymerTel: +44 (0)121 414 6677Email:

  • Accounting theory and policy – History of accounting and audit; political and economic consequences of accounting standards; impact of professions; measurement issues; corporate governance; audit and agency theory; globalisation and internationalisation issues.
  • Computing applications in accounting – Evolution in industry standards; control and electronic interchange of data; expert systems; use of artificial intelligence; use of internet technologies in business; the role of technology in taxation.
  • Management accounting – Accountability, control systems and change in management accounting; strategic management accounting; institutional theories and corporate governance.
  • Public sector and not-for-profit accounting – Accounting in local and central government; charity accounts; national accounting; and comparative international studies.
  • Taxation – Impact of taxation on business decision-making; the role of taxation in global trade; and tax education.

Head: Professor Andy MullineuxTel: +44 (0)121 414 6642Email:

  • Centre for Corporate Governance Research – We have a wide portfolio of research in the corporate governance area, both in a UK and an international context. Recent research topics include the relationship between boards of directors and institutional investors; trends in voting; directors' remuneration; compliance with corporate governance codes by both large and small companies; corporate governance developments in Central and Eastern Europe; and corporate governance in the Far East. A number of projects have received external funding.
  • Corporate finance – Research in corporate finance covers aspects of emerging markets, as well as more developed international markets. Recent funded research has focused on capital structure and dividend policy. A new research project incorporating studies of corporate finance and financial sector development, and flow of funds, has been funded by DFID.
  • Global finance – Research in progress includes: analytical and empirical analyses of financial asset markets in derivative and primary asset markets; value at risk; volatility in developing and developed markets; pricing and hedging with derivative instruments; dividends; microstructure impacts upon price processes; and institutional impacts.
  • Entrepreneurial finance, private equity and venture capital – Research includes new venture finance from inception of the idea to harvesting (exiting) of the investment. In particular, we analyse private equity and initial public offering (IPO) markets in the UK and emerging markets (Central and Eastern Europe and Pacific Basin). Recently funded research projects have included UK Private Equity Market: Longevity, Exit Strategies and Performance of Management Buy-outs (MBOs) – funded by the UK Institute for Quantitative Investment Research (INQUIRE); and Management Earnings Forecasts in IPO Prospectuses – funded by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA).


English language requirements

Entry requirements
Entry requirements are given in each programme, school or department entry of this prospectus. Any academic and professional qualifications or industrial experience you may have are normally taken into account, and in some cases, form an integral part of the entry requirement.
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How to apply
Online applications
If you submit an online application, please write your ID number on your supporting documents when you send them to us. You will receive an ID number by email on the day after you submit your application (apart from applications submitted on Friday, Saturday or Sunday when the email will arrive on Monday).
If you send in your supporting documents before completing the online application form, please make sure that you write your full name, date of birth and the programme you are applying for on all the documents.
Paper application form
If you apply using the paper application form, please include, where possible, your supporting documents with the application.
Where to send supporting documents

  • Address: AdmissionsAston Webb BuildingUniversity of BirminghamEdgbastonBirminghamB15 2TTUK

Tuition fees and costs
The University charges an annual tuition fee. This covers the cost of your tuition, examination and graduation, and includes membership of the Guild of Students. Fees are payable at the start of your programme.
When you accept the offer of a place, you are also accepting responsibility for the payment of your tuition fees, even if you are sponsored or in receipt of an award and the sponsor fails to pay. It is therefore very important that you have sufficient funds available to you. Unfortunately, if you fail to pay the fees, you will not be permitted to continue your studies.
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For general information about open days

  • 3 December

Their Postgraduate Open Day is the ideal opportunity to visit the University and find out more about the research areas or programmes that interest you.
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Contact details
Main University Switchboard

  • Postal Address: University of BirminghamEdgbastonBirminghamB15 2TTUK
  • Tel: +44 (0)121 414 3344
  • Fax: +44(0)121 414 3971

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