Postgraduate research

The School of Accounting, UNSW Business School has been offering research degrees since 1960. As a centre of excellence in accounting research in Australia and internationally, our expertise and strength in research is based on applying intellectual rigour and various empirical techniques to investigate and understand accounting issues.

The School offers postgraduate research degrees at two levels.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

The aim of the UNSW Business School’s Doctoral Program in Accounting is to train you with the skills to identify, analyse and solve problems using original academic research in this field. Two years of rigorous coursework will be undertaken, followed by full-time research culminating in a doctoral thesis. Your exciting work, under the guidance of world-class academic experts, will ultimately make a valuable impact on future research and practices in your chosen field.

Master of Philosophy (MPhil)

The Master of Philosophy (MPhil) - Accounting is designed for students who wish to increase their knowledge in a accounting through research. It aims to deepen insight into underlying paradigms, advanced theory and research processes.

The MPhil also aims to develop competence in conducting research and to provide opportunities for the design of discipline-based research projects.

Entry requirements

Research supervision is one-to-one and the selection process is highly competitive. A range of criteria is used to select students, including:

  • Academic record: Typically students would have a first class Honours degree from a leading university. This would normally be in financial accounting, management accounting or auditing
  • Evidence of an aptitude to undertake research: For instance, completion of an Honours degree where there was a strong research component, or evidence of research capability from an established publication record
  • The quality of the research proposal: This should be appended to your application and needs to be detailed enough for us to take a view about your proposed topic and methodology
  • Compatibility with the research priorities in the School of Accounting
  • The School's resources and capability to supervise

For full-time research students, some research related and teaching related employment opportunities may be available with the School but this is on the understanding that it does not conflict with research activities.

Find out more about our research degrees

Contact the School of Accounting Postgraduate Research Admin Coordinator Kathy Song

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