PhD Studentships - Lancaster University - England

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Lancaster University Management School
PhD Studentships in Accounting and Finance

The Department of Accounting and Finance at Lancaster is committed to recruiting the finest calibre PhD students of all backgrounds from all over the world. We strive to attain the highest level of academic excellence in teaching and research in pursuit of our goal of producing graduates and researchers who reflect the institution's high-quality standards with distinction and honour. As an international research and academic training institute, we are proud to host excellent research students from a wide range of nationalities.

Our department offers intensive 4-year PhD programmes in both Accounting and Finance. These are full-time doctoral programmes and we do not currently offer PhD study by distance-learning or on a part-time basis.


There are a number of scholarships open to our PhD applicants, including ESRC scholarships through the North West Doctoral Training Centre ( which is the largest centre in England for social science postgraduate training, Management School and Departmental scholarships. These scholarships typically cover full fees and a maintenance allowance of at least British Pound 14,000 per year, with enhanced bursaries up to British Pound 25,000 available for outstanding applicants.

During the first year, PhD students are required to complete a portfolio of PhD level courses and seminars covering accounting and finance theory, econometric and statistical methods and research methodology. The detailed programme structure can be found here.

Doctoral researchers with excellent results then continue with the doctoral thesis, leading up to the final defence of the thesis in the 'viva' examination.

Our department typically admits up to ten new PhD candidates each year. All our students are required to participate in the research activities of the department and to attend full-time throughout the period of study. There are many opportunities for networking with our international partners and attending workshops and conferences. We provide an excellent research environment for our doctoral researchers, including dedicated office space, access to many specialised datasets and databases as well as scientific computing facilities and IT support.

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Our admissions criteria for the Department are as follows:

  • Applicants are normally expected to hold a relevant Masters degree in accounting, finance or a related subject area. We will usually require distinction-level performance, both overall and for the dissertation element.
  • Proficiency in English confirmed (where required) by the IELTS test score of 7.5 or higher.
  • We are looking for evidence of creativity and potential to develop a successful career as an academic researcher. Therefore, we will usually aim to conduct an interview (which may be conducted via telephone or video-link) with suitable applicants.
  • Our MSc programmes provide a foundation for PhD study for students not already holding/studying towards a suitable Masters degree.

Our research students are encouraged and supported to gain classroom experience, in preparation for possible academic careers. Opportunities also arise regularly to work as part-time research assistants on faculty members' research projects.

All students who receive funding from the Management School or the Department will be required to undertake such work, according to the amount of funding they receive. However, we also encourage all other students to take on occasional teaching and/or research assistantship duties on a paid basis, to expand their own experiences in readiness for graduation.

After graduation, most of our students go on to assume faculty positions at universities all over the world. A smaller number find employment in the public or private sector. All in all, our PhD programme is perfectly tailored for aspiring academics.

Our website provides more details of our programmes, our faculty and their research expertise, the application procedure as well as funding opportunities.

You can also contact our PhD programme secretary Carole Holroyd in the Department of Accounting and Finance.


Applications are now open. You should apply as soon as possible.

Please apply before 18th January 2016 if you wish to be considered for an ESRC scholarship from the NWDTC.

We encourage applications before 14th March 2016.

The final deadline for applications is 30th June 2016 for October 2016 entry.




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