Research Methods for Accounting and Finance (989N1)

15 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Spring teaching

This module equips you with an understanding of quantitative and qualitative research methodology used in accounting and finance; and it provides practice on how to apply research methods within these methodologies. The research journey will start with an exploration of the theoretical paradigms and philosophical underpinnings for both types of research methodology.

This is followed by an overview of the major research strategies that are used in accounting and finance. The journey will continue by investigating and experiencing methods of generating and analysing data. The excursion will end by reflecting on what makes good research. Throughout the course consideration is given to ethical issues in research design.

Teaching and assessment

We’re currently reviewing teaching and assessment of our modules in light of the COVID-19 situation. We’ll publish the latest information as soon as possible.

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 33 hours of contact time and about 117 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

This module is running in the academic year 2021/22. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. However, we are constantly looking to improve and enhance our courses. There may be changes to modules in response to student demand or feedback, changes to staff expertise or updates to our curriculum. We may also need to make changes in response to COVID-19. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: