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PhD Studentship: Accounting and Finance Academic Group

Loughborough University - Loughborough Business School

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Loughborough
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: £18,622 p.a.
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 1st December 2023
Closes: 16th February 2024
Reference: LB24-AF
 

Project details

The Accounting and Finance (AF) Group pursues rigorous, high-impact research aligned with the University's key priorities of reducing inequalities, improving public health and wellbeing, creating sustainable communities and addressing climate change. 

The AF group leverages innovations in AI, big data, blockchain and other emerging technologies to transform accounting and finance models to advance sustainability goals. Our research explores how these fields can optimize resource allocation, improve financial inclusion, address climate change challenges and drive more equitable business practices. 

Through rigorous scholarship, industry and policymaker partnerships, our group aims to improve corporate transparency and accountability on issues like modern slavery, diversity reporting and the circular economy. Our research informs policies, regulations and business frameworks to reduce inequality and build a more sustainable future. 

Overall, the AF group conducts leading-edge, collaborative research focusing on accounting, finance, data science and technology. Our innovative work tackles pressing social and environmental priorities and reimagines the potential of accounting and finance disciplines to drive real-world impact. 

Research priority areas 

The Accounting and Finance group are keen to receive PhD research proposals in any of the following core areas of interest: 

  • Corporate governance and accountability
  • Corporate Finance
  • Financial Markets
  • ESG and Climate Finance

Alternatively, you can develop your research proposal around one of the proposed PhD project ideas in the AF group.

Whether you choose a research priority area or a proposed research project, your research proposal needs to be aligned with Loughborough Business School’s Progress with Purpose vision and strategy that focuses on broader societal issues and enables inclusive, interdisciplinary and purpose-led research and innovation.

Find out more about PhD study at Loughborough Business School

Supervisors

Head of Group: Professor Frank Hong Liu

(Supervisors to be confirmed)

Entry requirements

At least a 2:1 honours degree (or international equivalent) with a UK master's degree (with average programme mark of no less than 65%) or international equivalent.

English language requirements

IELTS band 7.0 or above with not less than 7.0 in each component.

Funding

The studentship is for 3 years and provides a minimum tax free stipend of £18,622 per annum for the duration of the studentship plus University tuition fees.

Please note that studentships will be awarded on a competitive basis to applicants who have applied within the School. Funding decisions will not be confirmed until early 2024.

How to apply

  1. Identify a research priority area and potential supervisor(s) from the list above
  2. Put together your research proposal (between 2500 to 3000 words including references)
  3. Share your research proposal with the identified supervisor(s) and confirm they are willing to be named in support of your application. You are also encouraged to ask for feedback to develop your research proposal.
  4. Submit your formal application online via the above ‘Apply’ button. Under programme name, select 'Business School'. Please quote the advertised reference number 'LB24-AF' in your application. Please upload with your application a research proposal, copies of your transcripts/certificates, English language certificate and contact details of two academic references, one of which must be from your most recent degree.

Your application will be assessed against the selection criteria as well as alignment with the School's Progress with Purpose strategy.

Contact details

Call: +44 (0)1509 223104

Email: h.h.liu@lboro.ac.uk

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