PhD
4 years full time, 6 years part time
Choose to start in September 2017, January 2018 or May 2018

Accounting

Create research that has an impact on emerging agendas in business, education and government. You’ll work with expert faculty who focus on the practical problems relevant to market practitioners and policy-makers.

We develop innovative risk and pricing models that are used in the industry, most recently we have contributed to the improvement of the design and pricing of complex financial products. Our contributions have led to improvements in the risk management of popular financial innovations such as variance swaps. 

Areas of study

PhD or MPhil?

You can choose to study for a PhD or an MPhil. PhD and MPhil degrees differ in the length of the course and therefore in the extent of the research work you can undertake and incorporate in your thesis.

  • An MPhil typically takes three years full time and four years part time. You’ll conduct an independent piece of research but in less depth than for a PhD. You will graduate with the degree title Master of Philosophy.
  • A PhD typically takes four years full time and six years part time. You will undertake a piece of research that makes a substantial original contribution to knowledge or understanding in your chosen field.

If you choose an MPhil, you might be able to change to a PhD during the course of your studies.

How to apply

If you’d like to join us as a research student, there are two main routes:

Find out how to apply for a PhD at Sussex

Full-time and part-time study

Choose to work on your research full time or part time, to fit around your work and family life. For details about part-time study, contact us at bmec-pgr@sussex.ac.uk

Faculty

Explore our research interests and find a potential supervisor.

  • Faculty profiles

    Prof Iqbal Khadaroo
    Professor of Accounting
    I.Khadaroo@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: accountability, governance, performance management, public policy, Public Procurement, public sector accounting, Sustainable development

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    Dr Sarada Krishnan
    Lecturer in Accounting
    S.R.Krishnan@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Accounting Regulation, Accounting Research, IFRS Convergence, Transnational Governance

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    Prof Alan Sangster
    Professor of Accounting
    A.Sangster@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Accounting Education, Archives, business history, Hermeneutics, Medieval Italian Business

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    Prof Hans Van Der Heijden
    Professor Of Accounting
    H.Vanderheijden@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Accounting, Accounting Education, Accounting Information Systems, Enterprise Systems, Information Systems, SAP, Software Development

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Entry requirements

A Masters degree. Long-term work experience in a related area may be considered as a suitable alternative.

English language requirements

Find out about other English language qualifications we accept.

English language support

Don’t have the English language level for your course? Find out more about our pre-sessional courses.

Additional information for international students

We welcome applications from all over the world. Find out about international qualifications suitable for our PhD degrees.

Visas and immigration

Find out how to apply for a student visa


Scholarships and fees

How can I fund my course?

Postgraduate Masters Loan

MPhil students might be eligible for a Postgraduate Masters Loan. This is not available for students registering for a PhD.

Scholarships

Our aim is to ensure that every student who wants to study with us is able to despite financial barriers, so that we continue to attract talented and unique individuals.

Opening up Big Pharma R&D: understanding the obstacles to greater openness and collaboration between pharmaceutical industry scientists and those outside these organisations- PhD Scholarship (2017)

Fully-funded PhD position available to start in September 2017

Application deadline:

4 August 2017

Find out more about the Opening up Big Pharma R&D: understanding the obstacles to greater openness and collaboration between pharmaceutical industry scientists and those outside these organisations- PhD Scholarship

Part-time work

We advertise around 2,500 part-time jobs a year so you can make money and gain work experience. We have a special scheme to employ students on campus, wherever possible.

Find out more about careers and employability

How much does it cost?

Fees for self-funding students

Home: £4,195 per year

EU: £4,195 per year

Channel Islands and Isle of Man: £4,195 per year

Overseas: £15,100 per year

Our fees follow the indicative fee level set nationally by Research Council UK and may be subject to change.