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The University of Essex is one of the UK´s leading academic institutions, rated ninth nationally for research excellence following the most recent Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) in December 2008.
Our PhD Accounting 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.
We also offer an MPhil and a Masters by dissertation in this subject.
Your research degree gives you the chance to investigate your chosen topic in real depth and reach a profound understanding. In communicating that understanding, through a thesis or other means, you have a rare opportunity to generate knowledge. You develop new high-level skills, enhance your professional development and build new networks. A PhD can open doors to many careers. Your supervisor
You will be allocated two supervisors, who will provide you with the guidance and support to help you achieve your individual research goals and produce a high quality piece of doctoral work.
The support provided by your supervisor is a key feature of your research student experience and you will have regular one-to-one meetings to discuss progress on your research. Initially, your supervisor will help you develop your research topic and plan the training required in order to successful complete your thesis. You will meet with your supervisors at least once a month and you are usually required to submit work beforehand in order for feedback to be provided during your meeting.
Twice a year, you will have a supervisory board meeting, which provides a more formal opportunity to discuss your progress and agree your plans for the next six months.
A key feature of Essex Business School is our commitment to the career development of our doctoral students, Our supervisors regularly co-author publications with their doctoral students, as well as providing advice on the development of transferable skills and guidance on applying for jobs. How you will study
Upon arrival at our Essex Business School, you undertake an intense induction programme and be introduced to both your supervisors, who will mentor you through your time with us. You will be introduced to your fellow PhD students and staff through departmental research seminars, as well as attend advanced research methods modules and workshops. You will also be introduced to a final-year student, who will act as your buddy for the first six months and provide you with a point of contact for any informal questions you have, and help you settle into your doctoral programme.
During your first year, you have regular meetings and are often asked to write up your ideas or notes of what you have read in the intervening period in order to help establish good writing practices a key skill in doctoral work. By the end of your first year, you should have a solid understanding of the key debates in the relevant field of study and research questions that positions your original contribution to knowledge. Our finance students are also expected to have made substantial progress on their first research paper.
In your second year, you are likely to finalise the design of your own research project and either collect primary data, or access and analyse large scale datasets, or make progress on your second research paper. You then work closely with staff members in an interactive environment where you receive feedback on your ideas and findings on a regular basis. You are encouraged to develop your own research ideas independently during this year. However, even if you are undertaking fieldwork in another location, your supervisors will be in close contact through e-mail or telephone. During this time, your relationship with your supervisor is likely to develop from close supervision from a senior member of staff to more of a critical friend, who acts as a sounding board for your ideas.
In your final year, you continue to analyse your own research data and further refine your original contribution to knowledge. You then undertake the process of collating your knowledge of the field, your theoretical ideas and your research findings together to produce a thesis of around 50-80k words. Our finance students are also expected to make substantial progress on their third research paper. You often attend conferences during this year, supported financially by our Essex Business School, in order to test out your research findings and thesis on an international stage. As well as helping to shape your work into a dissertation ready for examination, your supervisors will help you think about future career plans, whether that is within academia or more practitioner orientated. Finalising your PhD
Your Essex Business School full-time doctorate is a 36 month programme. At the end of your 36 months, you may be allowed up to 12 months to complete the writing up of your PhD. Creating a 50,000-80,000 word thesis is a huge task so, in order to ensure satisfactory progress is made and the quality of your work is of a doctoral level, we put a number of support mechanisms in place.
All our doctoral candidates are required to undertake a progress board every six months where you, your supervisors and an independent chair mark your progress and set objectives for the next period. You will also be encouraged to take part in peer group debates and discussions.
Our doctoral candidates also give annual presentations of their research to an audience of fellow students and staff members, and are expected to attend departmental seminars, giving your the opportunity to talk with international experts in the field. Seminars and conferences
Within our Essex Business School, special attention is devoted to fostering the research of our graduate students and integrating them into the research community. We run an open seminar series that all our students can attend.
We encourage our students to attend the doctoral colloquia of international conferences and publish their papers in our Essex Business School working papers series, either co-authored with their supervisor or by themselves. When attending conferences in your second and third-years, care is taken to ensure that, when possible, a member of staff also attends the conference to ensure you can be introduced into academic networks.
Recent successes have included one of our students work being published in peer-reviewed international journals following presentations and winning Best Doctoral Paper awards at an international conference.
Masters degree, or equivalent, in relevant subject area.
English Language RequirementsIELTS band: 6.5
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