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The main accounting specialisms in The Open University Business School’s Department of Accounting and Finance are: financial reporting (with particular emphasis on international topics); taxation; management accounting; and performance measurement. Academic staff are interested in various areas of finance and accounting research, including international accounting; digital reporting; the use of accounting information in decision making; the history of taxation; taxation from an interdisciplinary perspective; management accounting and control; pension funds; modern equity analysis techniques; the history of investment; and accounting education both through distance learning and in the professions.
- PhD or MPhil
- For detailed information on current fees visit Fees and funding.
- Minimum 2:1 (or equivalent) and a Masters degree. Ideally we require 120 credits in research methods training. Where candidates do not have such training we can offer a Masters degree in Research Methods (MRes) which is the usual precursor to PhD studies.
Potential research projects
Internally funded full-time research studentships are advertised in January (closing date end of March) and may include the following. We also welcome part-time and full-time self-funded applications in these areas:
- Accounting theory, doctrine and conceptual frameworks
- The history of taxation, taxation ethics (including corporate social responsibility) and the tax profession
- Accounting regulation
- Accounting education
- Management accounting
- Financial performance measurement and the use of performance information
- Management control in the hospitality business
- Small businesses
- Corporate governance
- Digital reporting.
If you have an enquiry specific to this research area please contact:
- Debby Hing
- +44 (0)1908 655272
For general enquiries please contact the Research Degrees Team via the link under ‘Your questions’ on the right of the page.