PhD in Accounting

The Department of Accounting is calling for expressions of interest from exceptional candidates who would like to conduct research into one of the following areas:

  • organisational governance and accountability
  • auditing and assurance services
  • financial accounting and disclosure
  • integrated reporting and assurance, ESG and Sustainability
  • management accounting and cintrol
  • financial planning

We are seeking applicants who have completed a prior research degree with an 80% average, and who want to be part of a dynamic and intellectually stimulating environment supported by world class facilities. The main intake is T1 (late February).

Experienced supervision

Deakin Business School is a top eight business school in Australia, and our Accounting department is ranked 112th in the world and 3rd in Australia in the latest BYU rankings. The PhD program is supported by experienced researchers with an excellent track record of publishing in top journals in the discipline, including:

  • The Accounting Review
  • Journal of Accounting and Economics
  • Contemporary Accounting Research
  • Journal of Accounting Research.

As part of the Business School’s commitment to the recruitment of world-class researchers, the department has hired Professor Jeffrey Pittman, Professor Roger Simnett and Professor Greg Clinch to further strengthen the department’s supervisory capability. The department has also hired a large number of academics who hold PhD degrees from renowned universities, including Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), City University of Hong Kong, and Polytechnic University of Hong Kong, Seoul National University and University of Melbourne. For more information please visit the Department of Accounting website.

The Department of Accounting admits a small number of students into the PhD program each year, allowing us to offer a very high standard of individual attention.

Program Outline

Our Doctoral program is designed to prepare PhD students for successful careers in academia, industry, or government. 

Students must complete 4 units:

Plus ONE from each group (two units in total):

Group I:

Group II:

At the end of their first year of study, students will defend their thesis proposal in a process called confirmation of candidature. Confirmed students then spend the remainder of their candidature completing their doctoral research.

Applicant characteristics

You will be an ideal candidate for a PhD in Accounting if you have these attributes:

  1. Intellectual curiosity
  2. Enthusiasm and passion for research
  3. Excellent written and oral communication skills
  4. Strong academic background in Accounting, Economics or Finance with a solid grounding in quantitative methods
  5. Strong reference letters
  6. Strong GMAT/ GRE score would be useful indicator but not essential.


PhD in Accounting flyer (PDF)

Next steps

Entry requirements

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