Funded PhD Opportunity Accounting and Finance: Current Issues and Trends

This opportunity is now closed.

Subject: Business and Management Studies


A major new initiative from the Ulster University Business School (UUBS) is seeking to increase our research impact in accounting and finance by offering a funded PhD to a student who has studied in this area recently. A number of potential PhD topics are listed below:

*Corporate governance – the impact of CEO incentives. This would look into whether the incentives offered to CEOs affects their ethical judgements so that they act in their own self-interest, and not that of a company’s wider stakeholders.

*Corporate governance – the role of the external auditor. This would look into the role played by the external auditor in ensuring that organisations are presenting an accurate assessment of their financial position and ascertain whether the relationship between the auditor and organisation is impacting upon an objective overview.

*Earnings management practices of listed companies

*Gender equality in the public sector

*Government outsourcing*Narrative reporting by listed companies (could include corporate social responsibility and human capital)

*Risk reporting by listed companies

*Performance measurement and management in the public sector

*The attitude of accounting students towards ethical issues

*The role of not-for-profit organisations in the finance industry

Essential Criteria

  • Upper Second Class Honours (2:1) Degree or equivalent from a UK institution (or overseas award deemed to be equivalent via UK NARIC)
  • Sound understanding of subject area as evidenced by a comprehensive research proposal
  • A comprehensive and articulate personal statement
  • Research proposal of 2000 words detailing aims, objectives, milestones and methodology of the project

Desirable Criteria

If the University receives a large number of applicants for the project, the following desirable criteria may be applied to shortlist applicants for interview.

  • Masters at 65%


    Vice Chancellors Research Scholarships (VCRS)

    The scholarships will cover tuition fees and a maintenance award of £15,009 per annum for three years (subject to satisfactory academic performance). Applications are invited from UK, European Union and overseas students.

Other information

The Doctoral College at Ulster University

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Key Dates

Submission Deadline
Friday 14 December 2018
Interview Date
To be confirmed


Jordanstown campus

Jordanstown campus
The largest of Ulster's campuses

Contact Supervisor

Professor Anne-Marie Ward

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