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  • Qualification

    PhD/DPhil - Doctor of Philosophy

  • Location

    University of Aberdeen

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    APR-21, MAY-21, JUN-21, JUL-21

  • Duration

    36 months

Course summary

This course exploring accounting practice, education, theory, regulation, and profession; and their organisational, social, environmental, and political implications.

The Accountancy group is a very active research group that focuses in particular on the broadly defined areas of:

  • International financial accounting
  • Social and environmental accounting
  • Corporate governance and regulation
  • Accounting education
  • Management accounting
  • Public-sector accounting
  • Healthcare accounting
  • Critical perspectives on accounting.

Research Interests

  • Accountancy Practice and Theory – The Study of theory and practice to enable regulatory change
  • Accountability, Governance and Sustainability – Studying the systems of governance and accountability in achieving sustainable development
  • Organisations and Accounting Change – Exploring technological, cultural and political economic underpinnings of organisational and accounting change
  • Accountancy Education – Exploring contemporary global practices, disseminating knowledge, exploring themes and developments in the profession
  • Accounting History – Exploring historical roots of accounting and accountability systems

Graduates go into Public and Private Sector Accounting and Management, Fund Management, Stockbroking, Investment Analysis, Banking and Financial Services. Many also continue to develop their career in Academia internationally. A number of Accounting PhDs from Aberdeen are now working in reputed universities across the world and continue to be active in their research endeavours.

Please note that part-time study is not available for resident international students. The PhD may be conducted, full-time or part-time, by distance learning, which carries no residency requirement.

The PhD at the University of Aberdeen is a research degree. Research degrees are defined by the student’s own research proposal, on which the student will write a thesis. Research students read on their own research topic and work closely with their supervisors to define their research and write a thesis. They also attend regular research seminars, are provided with opportunities to attend conferences and for some postgraduates, there are opportunities to gain undergraduate teaching experience.

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 16,500per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

University of Aberdeen

  • University League Table


  • Campus address

    University of Aberdeen, Directorate of External Relations, King's College, Aberdeen, Aberdeen, City Of, AB24 3FX, Scotland

One of the top 30 universities in the UK (Complete University Guide).
Student population includes over 130 nationalities, with strong international global networks.
An International Centre provides support to students from application to graduation.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    4th out of 103 6

  • Entry standards

    / Max 220
    193 88%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    88 88%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.04 81%



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