Accountancy PhD

University of Aberdeen

Key Information

Course duration: 36 months

Mode of study: Full time

Qualification: PhD/DPhil - Doctor of Philosophy

Subject Ranking

Accounting & Finance

  • Research Quality
    Research Quality

    A measure of the quality of the research undertaken in the university.

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    3.02 / 4.00
  • Research Intensity
    Research Intensity

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    0.55 / 1.00

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The Course


If you love numbers and financial transactions across all types of business this programme gives you the skills to work in top areas of accounting, teaching and research and growth activities internationally. You can work in public and private sectors, fund management, stockbroking, investment analysis, banking and financial services.

The Accountancy group is a very active research group that focuses on broadly defined areas of financial accounting including international accounting, public sector accounting and critical perspectives on management accounting. The group foster collaborative interdisciplinary and international research which further strengthens their research base. Staff regularly visit universities in Europe, USA and elsewhere as well as hosting visiting staff and offering seminars. You can study PhD specific courses to suit your individual needs. Courses are delivered as part of the Graduate Business School taught programmes. Graduates from PhDs can go into Public and Private Sector Accounting and Management, Fund Management, Stockbroking, Investment Analysis, Banking and Financial Services and Academia.

The Business School offers the following research centres: Aberdeen Centre for Research in Energy Economics and Finance, The Centre for Real Estate Research, Scottish Experimental Economics Laboratory, and The Centre for European Labour Market Research

There are a number of research themes which include:

  • Work, Health and Wellbeing
  • Energy and Environment
  • Finance, Organisation and Governance
  • Theory and Method
  • Property Market Analysis

The Business School is internationally recognised for its excellence in world leading research and University of Aberdeen was ranked as a top three UK University for impact in Business Management Studies (Times Higher Education REF 2014). It offers internationally focused research and teaching from a truly international team of lecturing staff and in return it attracts over 45 nationalities due to the dual focus on academic and professional skills along with strong research.

University of Aberdeen was founded in 1495 by Bishop Elphinstone at Kings College, Aberdeen. It is the 5th oldest university in the UK and provides a stunningly beautiful backdrop to studying at the university. Many of its original subjects are taught today and it continues its original European Paris and Bologna model with a progressive global research and teaching focus.

You can enjoy your studies and research in a stunning contemporary blue glass Sir Duncan Rice library with views over the city, beach and beyond. Old Aberdeen is a heritage tourism attraction in its own right in the cosmopolitan city of Aberdeen. Aberdeen is a leading world energy hub with over 20 FTSE companies with global connections. The city is compact and architecturally very interesting due to its European trading past. It is near to coastal villages, rolling Aberdeenshire countryside, Royal Deeside, The Cairngorms National Park and easy connections to the Highlands and major cities of Scotland. Ferries run direct from the city centre to Orkney and Shetland where world heritage sites are located.

Start Dates

  • March 2019 at King's Campus
  • April 2019 at King's Campus
  • May 2019 at King's Campus
  • June 2019 at King's Campus
  • July 2019 at King's Campus
  • August 2019 at King's Campus
  • September 2019 at King's Campus
  • October 2019 at King's Campus
  • November 2019 at King's Campus
  • December 2019 at King's Campus
  • January 2020 at King's Campus
  • February 2020 at King's Campus
  • March 2020 at King's Campus
  • April 2020 at King's Campus
  • May 2020 at King's Campus
  • June 2020 at King's Campus
  • July 2020 at King's Campus
  • August 2020 at King's Campus
  • September 2020 at King's Campus
  • October 2020 at King's Campus

University of Aberdeen

University League Table Ranking: 28th

The University of Aberdeen is the fifth oldest university in the UK, with a beautiful medieval campus dating back to 1495. The university attracts international academics and students at all levels of study, both on campus and via distance learning. It offers one of the largest medical campuses in Europe,...

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Postal Address

Business School
University of Aberdeen
King's College
AB24 3FX

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