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Accounting and Finance

Accounting and Finance is a research area within which you can focus your studies as part of our Business Studies PhD programme.

The Accounting and Finance Section at Cardiff Business School has an established and expanding worldwide reputation for conducting high quality theoretical and empirical research in accounting and finance and related fields.

We offer a full range of expertise, but the following areas are of particular strength:

  • Interdisciplinary perspectives on accounting
  • Management accounting and control
  • Historical development of accounting
  • Financial reporting and business communication
  • Professions and Professionalisation
  • Accounting, auditing and finance in emerging economies, especially china
  • Public sector accounting
  • Asset pricing
  • Corporate finance
  • Empirical finance
  • Financial econometrics
  • International finance
  • Corporate governance.

We enable students to:

  • Gain advanced knowledge of the theoretical and empirical research methods in accounting and finance
  • Acquire in-depth training to conduct accounting and finance research at the highest international quality
  • Develop critical and analytical skills, which are not only useful for further academic work, but are also attractive to consultancy firms and financial institutions.

Skills developed

  • Synthesise and critically evaluate published research work in their chosen pathways
  • Apply advanced research methods similar to those used in contemporary published work to specified research settings
  • Use information technology and relevant software packages to collect, manage and analyse quantitative and qualitative data
  • Interact positively with academic colleagues, acknowledging challenges in or limitations to their work and thinking
  • Demonstrate awareness of the importance of oral and written communication skills
  • Develop the ability to work independently and organise and negotiate research collaborations
  • Effective planning of given research tasks, within groups or individually.

Distinctive features

  • An established and growing reputation for conducting high quality theoretical and empirical research in accounting and finance
  • A high number of internationally recognised scholars
  • An environment where students are encouraged to achieve their full potential as researchers.


Administrative contact(s)

PhD Programme Office, Cardiff Business School

Administrative contact

Research specialisms include:

  • Capital structure
  • Dividend policy
  • Derivatives and cash markets
  • Cross-listing
  • M&A
  • IPOs
  • Corporate governance
  • Managerial compensation
  • Asset pricing
  • Market efficiency
  • Behavioural Finance
  • Financial intermediation
  • Socially responsible investments
  • Financial risk measurement and management
  • Taxation
  • Public sector accounting
  • Management accounting
  • Auditing
  • Accounting change in China


A list of academic staff that can provide supervision can be found on the Cardiff Business School website.

Resources and facilities

  • PhD supervision is offered by internationally renowned scholars with publications in the top tier accounting and finance journals, including Journal of Finance, Journal of Corporate Finance, Journal of Banking and Finance and Accounting Organisations and Society.
  • Students will have access to a wide range of databases, including WRDS (CRISP, COMPUSTAT), DataStream, Thomson One Banker, Thomson Reuters EIKON and Bloomberg.
  • The Accounting and Finance Section has a strong research culture, including conferences and regular research seminars in which PhD students are encouraged to present and participate in the academic debate.

The PhD programme will prepare you either for a career as a leading academic scholar or to excel in business practitioning or senior public policy decision making.


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Tuition fees

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Programme information

For programme structure, entry requirements and how to apply, visit the Business Studies programme.

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