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MPhil/PhD Accounting

MPhil/PhD Accounting

Lincoln International Business School aims to enable business leaders, policymakers, experts, and those starting out in their careers to create successful futures, facilitating leadership and management development through inspiring postgraduate education and consultancy. As a researcher in the School you have access to a structured programme of training.

The Course

Doctoral candidates pursue original research with the goal of making a significant contribution to knowledge in, and understanding of, their chosen field. As a postgraduate researcher you can become an integral part of our research community, working with leading academics whose research has gone on to impact business, policy, and society on an international scale.

There is an emphasis on your own independent critical investigation, supervised by an experienced team of academics. You can benefit from an active research community in the School, and research groups with which to align your study.

As a research student, you will have access to a structured programme of training supported by our Doctoral School. This aims to assist you in the development of the practical and critical skills which are necessary for this programme and are transferable to your career. There may be opportunities to participate in undergraduate teaching following relevant training.

The Course

Doctoral candidates pursue original research with the goal of making a significant contribution to knowledge in, and understanding of, their chosen field. As a postgraduate researcher you can become an integral part of our research community, working with leading academics whose research has gone on to impact business, policy, and society on an international scale.

There is an emphasis on your own independent critical investigation, supervised by an experienced team of academics. You can benefit from an active research community in the School, and research groups with which to align your study.

As a research student, you will have access to a structured programme of training supported by our Doctoral School. This aims to assist you in the development of the practical and critical skills which are necessary for this programme and are transferable to your career. There may be opportunities to participate in undergraduate teaching following relevant training.

Research supervision is available across a range of subjects. Before submitting your application we recommend that you take a look at the research groups that sit within Lincoln International Business School, to read about specific research interests of our staff members:

  • Community Organisation Research Group
  • Regional and Rural Enterprise Research Group
  • Marketing and Supply Chain Research Group
  • Responsible Management Research Group
  • Visitor Economy Research Group
  • Lincoln Economics and Finance Research Group

https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/lbs/research/

Normally, PhD students register for an MPhil, and after two terms are expected to transfer to the PhD programme. This transfer requires the production of a detailed research proposal, which the candidate will be expected to defend at a transfer viva. The formal transfer is subject to approval by the University's Research Committees

Students are assigned a supervision team consisting of a Director of Studies (first supervisor) and usually one second supervisor. Students are expected to work independently on their research projects under the advice and direction of the supervision team.

Due to the nature of postgraduate research programmes, the vast majority of your time will be spent in independent study and research. You will have meetings with your academic supervisors, however the regularity of these will vary depending on your own individual requirements, subject area, staff availability, and the stage of your programme.

Students are required to demonstrate adequate and appropriate progress usually on an annual basis. A PhD is awarded based on the quality of your thesis and your ability in an oral examination (viva voce) to present and successfully defend your chosen research topic to a group of academics. You are also expected to demonstrate how your research findings have contributed to knowledge or developed existing theory or understanding.
Enrolment Dates

To support your experience within the postgraduate research community, new students are encouraged to enrol in October, February or May.

Before you apply, it is important that you take the time to review our current research activity to identify where your research interests link to our work and expertise. This includes taking a look at the research groups that sit within Lincoln International Business School, as your research interests ideally should fit into at least one of these groups.

You may indicate in your application how your proposed research specifically aligns to the interests of a named research group. You do not need to identify a supervisor in advance of applying; if successful you will be allocated a supervision team. After you identify where your own research interest is likely to fit alongside our research and expertise, you may proceed to prepare an application.

Your research proposal is an essential part of your application that will be used to assess both your suitability for a research degree and whether we can offer you supervision. This should outline your research interests and the nature of the research you plan to carry out (about 3,000 to 5,000 words in length, excluding references and appendices). If accepted, you are not committed to following your proposed research exactly. Please note that a personal statement does not meet the requirements of a research proposal.

Please refer to our research proposal guidelines for advice on creating your proposal.

https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/lbs/research/phdapplications/

Find out more about postgraduate loans, scholarships and studentships on our postgraduate fees and funding pages:

https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/studywithus/postgraduatestudy/feesandfunding/

2020/21 Entry*Full-timePart-time
Home/EU £4,433** £2,217**
Home/EU 
(including Alumni Scholarship*** 20% reduction)
£3,546 £1,773
International £14,100 £7,050

International 
(Including International Alumni / Global Postgraduate Scholarship £2,000 reduction)****

£12,100 £6,050
Thesis Pending Home/EU (MPhil/PhD only) £710 £710
Thesis Pending International (MPhil/PhD only) £2,037 £2,037

 

2019/20 Entry*Full-timePart-time
Home/EU £4,327 £2,164
Home/EU 
(including Alumni Scholarship*** 20% reduction)
£3,462 £1,731
International £13,700 £6,850

International 
(Including International Alumni / Global Postgraduate Scholarship £2,000 reduction)****

£11,700 £5,850
Thesis Pending Home/EU (MPhil/PhD only) £696 £696
Thesis Pending International (MPhil/PhD only) £1,997 £1,997

 

* Academic year August – July

** Estimated RCUK fee for 2020/21. The University of Lincoln sets its fees in line with the Research Councils UK (RCUK) research fee support level. For home students commencing in 2020 this will be set early in the New Year. The indicative fee level from RCUK for 2019/20 is £4,327. For 2020 this fee is expected to increase in line with inflation, based on the Treasury GDP deflator.

*** UoL Alumni students only enrolling on to a Postgraduate Research programme. 20% Offset against the tuition fee payable for each year of study

**** Subject to eligibility. Reduction applied to first year’s fees only.

 

Research students may be required to pay additional fees in addition to cover the cost of specialist resources, equipment and access to any specialist collections that may be required to support their research project. These will be informed by the research proposal submitted and will be calculated on an individual basis. Any additional fees will be outlined in your offer letter, prior to accepting your place at the University of Lincoln.

Guidance for Postgraduate Fees

Postgraduate Research

Full time and part time postgraduate research students will be invoiced the published set fee each academic year enrolled, up to the point of thesis submission.

Upon first enrolment, the full set fee is payable.

All continuing students are required to re-enrol on their anniversary of their first enrolment. The relevant set full time or part time fee is payable by all continuing students on re-enrolment.

A reduced 'writing-up' fee in the 12 month period prior to thesis submission may be applicable subject to your progress. After your Viva Voce examination, additional fees will be payable if a second Viva Voce examination is required.

For further information and for details about funding your study, scholarships and bursaries, please see our Postgraduate Fees & Funding pages [www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studyatlincoln/postgraduateprogrammes/feesandfunding/].

Other Costs

Research students may be required to pay additional fees in addition to cover the cost of specialist resources, equipment and access to any specialist collections that may be required to support their research project. These will be informed by the research proposal submitted and will be calculated on an individual basis. Any additional fees will be outlined in your offer letter, prior to accepting your place at the University of Lincoln.

Normally candidates should hold a 2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent in a relevant subject. You should also hold a Master’s degree, or international equivalent, at merit or above.

While academic credentials are important for a successful application we also pay great attention to the fit of students to both the programme and the research interests of our academic team. Applicants are assessed based on their previous academic performance, the quality of their research proposal, and the availability of suitable members of staff to supervise the chosen research topic.

If you would like to undertake a PhD, but do not currently have a Master's degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject, you may want to consider studying one of our Master's programmes.

International students will require English Language at IELTS 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in each element, or equivalent. For more information, please visit:

http://www.lincoln.ac.uk/englishrequirements

Research supervision is available across a range of subjects. Before submitting your application we recommend that you take a look at the research groups that sit within Lincoln International Business School, to read about specific research interests of our staff members:

  • Community Organisation Research Group
  • Regional and Rural Enterprise Research Group
  • Marketing and Supply Chain Research Group
  • Responsible Management Research Group
  • Visitor Economy Research Group
  • Lincoln Economics and Finance Research Group

https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/lbs/research/

Normally, PhD students register for an MPhil, and after two terms are expected to transfer to the PhD programme. This transfer requires the production of a detailed research proposal, which the candidate will be expected to defend at a transfer viva. The formal transfer is subject to approval by the University's Research Committees

Students are assigned a supervision team consisting of a Director of Studies (first supervisor) and usually one second supervisor. Students are expected to work independently on their research projects under the advice and direction of the supervision team.

Due to the nature of postgraduate research programmes, the vast majority of your time will be spent in independent study and research. You will have meetings with your academic supervisors, however the regularity of these will vary depending on your own individual requirements, subject area, staff availability, and the stage of your programme.

Students are required to demonstrate adequate and appropriate progress usually on an annual basis. A PhD is awarded based on the quality of your thesis and your ability in an oral examination (viva voce) to present and successfully defend your chosen research topic to a group of academics. You are also expected to demonstrate how your research findings have contributed to knowledge or developed existing theory or understanding.
Enrolment Dates

To support your experience within the postgraduate research community, new students are encouraged to enrol in October, February or May.

Before you apply, it is important that you take the time to review our current research activity to identify where your research interests link to our work and expertise. This includes taking a look at the research groups that sit within Lincoln International Business School, as your research interests ideally should fit into at least one of these groups.

You may indicate in your application how your proposed research specifically aligns to the interests of a named research group. You do not need to identify a supervisor in advance of applying; if successful you will be allocated a supervision team. After you identify where your own research interest is likely to fit alongside our research and expertise, you may proceed to prepare an application.

Your research proposal is an essential part of your application that will be used to assess both your suitability for a research degree and whether we can offer you supervision. This should outline your research interests and the nature of the research you plan to carry out (about 3,000 to 5,000 words in length, excluding references and appendices). If accepted, you are not committed to following your proposed research exactly. Please note that a personal statement does not meet the requirements of a research proposal.

Please refer to our research proposal guidelines for advice on creating your proposal.

https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/lbs/research/phdapplications/

Find out more about postgraduate loans, scholarships and studentships on our postgraduate fees and funding pages:

https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/studywithus/postgraduatestudy/feesandfunding/

2020/21 Entry*Full-timePart-time
Home/EU £4,433** £2,217**
Home/EU 
(including Alumni Scholarship*** 20% reduction)
£3,546 £1,773
International £14,100 £7,050

International 
(Including International Alumni / Global Postgraduate Scholarship £2,000 reduction)****

£12,100 £6,050
Thesis Pending Home/EU (MPhil/PhD only) £710 £710
Thesis Pending International (MPhil/PhD only) £2,037 £2,037

 

2019/20 Entry*Full-timePart-time
Home/EU £4,327 £2,164
Home/EU 
(including Alumni Scholarship*** 20% reduction)
£3,462 £1,731
International £13,700 £6,850

International 
(Including International Alumni / Global Postgraduate Scholarship £2,000 reduction)****

£11,700 £5,850
Thesis Pending Home/EU (MPhil/PhD only) £696 £696
Thesis Pending International (MPhil/PhD only) £1,997 £1,997

 

* Academic year August – July

** Estimated RCUK fee for 2020/21. The University of Lincoln sets its fees in line with the Research Councils UK (RCUK) research fee support level. For home students commencing in 2020 this will be set early in the New Year. The indicative fee level from RCUK for 2019/20 is £4,327. For 2020 this fee is expected to increase in line with inflation, based on the Treasury GDP deflator.

*** UoL Alumni students only enrolling on to a Postgraduate Research programme. 20% Offset against the tuition fee payable for each year of study

**** Subject to eligibility. Reduction applied to first year’s fees only.

 

Research students may be required to pay additional fees in addition to cover the cost of specialist resources, equipment and access to any specialist collections that may be required to support their research project. These will be informed by the research proposal submitted and will be calculated on an individual basis. Any additional fees will be outlined in your offer letter, prior to accepting your place at the University of Lincoln.

Guidance for Postgraduate Fees

Postgraduate Research

Full time and part time postgraduate research students will be invoiced the published set fee each academic year enrolled, up to the point of thesis submission.

Upon first enrolment, the full set fee is payable.

All continuing students are required to re-enrol on their anniversary of their first enrolment. The relevant set full time or part time fee is payable by all continuing students on re-enrolment.

A reduced 'writing-up' fee in the 12 month period prior to thesis submission may be applicable subject to your progress. After your Viva Voce examination, additional fees will be payable if a second Viva Voce examination is required.

For further information and for details about funding your study, scholarships and bursaries, please see our Postgraduate Fees & Funding pages [www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studyatlincoln/postgraduateprogrammes/feesandfunding/].

Other Costs

Research students may be required to pay additional fees in addition to cover the cost of specialist resources, equipment and access to any specialist collections that may be required to support their research project. These will be informed by the research proposal submitted and will be calculated on an individual basis. Any additional fees will be outlined in your offer letter, prior to accepting your place at the University of Lincoln.

Normally candidates should hold a 2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent in a relevant subject. You should also hold a Master’s degree, or international equivalent, at merit or above.

While academic credentials are important for a successful application we also pay great attention to the fit of students to both the programme and the research interests of our academic team. Applicants are assessed based on their previous academic performance, the quality of their research proposal, and the availability of suitable members of staff to supervise the chosen research topic.

If you would like to undertake a PhD, but do not currently have a Master's degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject, you may want to consider studying one of our Master's programmes.

International students will require English Language at IELTS 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in each element, or equivalent. For more information, please visit:

http://www.lincoln.ac.uk/englishrequirements

Learn from Experts

Throughout this degree, students may receive tuition from professors, senior lecturers, lecturers, researchers, practitioners, visiting experts or technicians, and they may also be supported in their learning by other students.

Dr Eric Ruto

Dr Eric Ruto

Programme Leader

Dr Eric Ruto is a Senior Lecturer in Economics at the University of Lincoln Business School. Dr Ruto has research interests broadly in the areas of rural, food, and environmental economics and has expertise in quantitative research methods. His methodological interests include discrete choice modelling, multivariate statistical analysis methods, and applied econometrics.
Contact: eruto@lincoln.ac.uk


Your Future Career

Career and Personal Development

University of Lincoln is part of the Northern Advanced Research Training Initiative (NARTI), a network of research-led universities providing specialist advanced training through the facilitation of events, retreats, and conferences to establish networks to share cross-regional expertise.

Throughout the research degree, students are encouraged to take part in all activities associated with developing a research career. The Researcher Development Programme from the Doctoral School considers career development pathways and students are encouraged to maintain training and development logs throughout their studies.

In some cases students will have the opportunity to support undergraduate students and experience seminar teaching. To support this, the University of Lincoln offers a range of teaching and learning activities and courses, and postgraduate students involved in teaching are encouraged to actively to take up these opportunities for development.

Career and Personal Development

University of Lincoln is part of the Northern Advanced Research Training Initiative (NARTI), a network of research-led universities providing specialist advanced training through the facilitation of events, retreats, and conferences to establish networks to share cross-regional expertise.

Throughout the research degree, students are encouraged to take part in all activities associated with developing a research career. The Researcher Development Programme from the Doctoral School considers career development pathways and students are encouraged to maintain training and development logs throughout their studies.

In some cases students will have the opportunity to support undergraduate students and experience seminar teaching. To support this, the University of Lincoln offers a range of teaching and learning activities and courses, and postgraduate students involved in teaching are encouraged to actively to take up these opportunities for development.


Facilities

Students in Lincoln International Business School are based in the David Chiddick building. It provides dedicated teaching and learning spaces and comprises lecture theatres, workshop rooms, and an IT laboratories, and a cafe.

We constantly invest in our campus as we aim to provide the best learning environment for our students. The University strives to ensure students have access to specialist equipment and resources, to develop the skills, which they may need in their future career.

Students also make the most of the University's award-winning Great Central Warehouse Library, which is home to more than 250,000 journals and 400,000 print and electronic books, as well as databases and specialist collections.


The University intends to provide its courses as outlined in these pages, although the University may make changes in accordance with the Student Admissions Terms and Conditions.