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Accounting - Research

Programme Overview
The accounting group is energetic and continuously strives for excellence in teaching and its scholarship. The group's research strengths range from accounting change to accounting education, and from performance measurement to financial accounting, using both quantitative and qualitative research techniques. The group has a particular interest in public sector and not-for-profit organisations. Aside from gaining close research advice and direction from their supervisors and other academics in the group, research students benefit from attending courses and tailor-made reading groups to complete their background preparation in accounting. Queen's Management School prides itself on research-led teaching and offers its research students experience as teaching assistants in a variety of undergraduate courses. Students regularly attend the School's various seminar series, which attract leading academics from around the world. Students also present their work at these events, gaining invaluable advice and preparation for the academic job market.

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements

A research degree offers you the opportunity to develop your research skills and prove yourself as a researcher. Queen's is committed to the enhancement of research training and teaching and offers postgraduate research opportunities across all fields of study. The following postgraduate research study routes for this subject area are:


Entrance Requirements

Normally a UK 2.1 Honours degree (or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University) and a UK Masters degree in a relevant discipline with a final result of 60% (or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University).

Applicants who hold a UK 2.2 Honours degree (or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University) may be considered if they hold a UK Masters degree in a relevant discipline with the result stipulated above (or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University). Evidence of relevant professional experience and/or attendance at interview may be required in such cases.

International Qualifications

For information on international qualification equivalents please select Your Country from the list on our International Students website.

English Language Requirements

International students (where English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes. Evidence of an IELTS* score of 7.0, with not less than 6.0 in any component is required (*taken within the last 2 years). For more information on English Language requirements for EEA and non-EEA nationals see:

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this programme, our partner INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability to entry to this programme.

English for University Study - an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level

Pre-sessional English - a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English


Registration is on a full-time or part-time basis, under the direction of a supervisory team appointed by the University. You will be expected to submit your thesis at the end of three years of full-time registration for PhD, or two years for MPhil (or part-time equivalent).

Careers or further progression

Career Prospects
Queen's postgraduates reap exceptional benefits. Unique initiatives, such as Degree Plus and Researcher Plus bolster our commitment to employability, while innovative leadership and executive programmes alongside sterling integration with business experts helps our students gain key leadership positions both nationally and internationally.

Further enquiries

If you have queries on course content please contact the school representative below.

Postgraduate Administrator
Queen’s Management School


Special Features

Research Excellence

•In its analysis of the 2014 Research Excellence Framework results, the Chartered Association of Business Schools positioned Queen's Management School at 9th place out of 101 UK business and management for research intensity.

•Staff members are published in top-ranked academic journals, regularly attract competitive research funding, act as journal editors and sit on the editorial advisory boards of journals.

•The School has a proven track-record of placing its PhD graduates in tenure-track research and teaching posts at top universities in the UK and elsewhere.

International Orientation

•At any one time the School can have up to 60 students undertaking a PhD.

•The mix of international students and staff is very diverse: Bulgaria, China, Cyprus, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Italy, Jordan, the Netherlands, Northern Ireland, Pakistan, Russia, Serbia, Saint Lucia, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, Turkey, Great Britain, United States, and Zimbabwe.

Outstanding Opportunities

•Great effort is made to provide graduate students with the research competencies to undertake innovative and scholarly work in their chosen fields.

•Students participate actively in the research seminars of the School and University, attend conferences and participate in external academic networks.

•Teaching opportunities are commonly made available for doctoral researchers to provide further experience and learning so as to best prepare students for a career in leading higher education institutes.

World-class Facilities
•PhD students are based in shared offices in Riddel Hall, a listed building with state-of-the-art facilities.

Funding Options
•Our PhD programmes can either be self-funded or funded through various bursaries and scholarships, which will be advertised on the School's website.

Application date

Postgraduate Research

There is no standard closing date. You should however check both the University’s website and refer to the relevant School/Institute webpage for information on deadline dates for postgraduate funding applications, as these will also determine when your application for admission should be submitted.

Research areas

Research Strengths

Particular research strengths include:

•Accounting and performance measurement in multinational companies
•Accounting quality and corporate governance
•Accruals accounting in public sector organisations
•Ethics and accounting education
•Governance in charities
•Management/accounting change in the public sector
•Performance measurement/management in charities
•Performance measurement/management in public sector organisations
•Private Finance Initiative (PFI) contracts and Public-Private Partnerships (PPP)
•Short-termism and corporate governance
•Use of the case study approach in accounting education

Enrolment and start dates

Year of entry: 2017

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