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 and non-financial reporting
- the financial implications of political connections.
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.
Accounting students commence in T1 (late February) or T2 (early July) of each year.
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 Ferdinand Gul, who is ranked amongst the top 40 accounting researchers in the world in the latest BYU author rankings. The department has also hired Professor Jeffrey Pittman and Professor Roger Simnett 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.
Our Doctoral program is designed to prepare PhD students for successful careers in academia, industry, or government. Students complete two units from each of the following groups:
- MAA906 Contemporary Issues in Accounting
- MAA907 Advanced Auditing
- MAA908 Advanced Management Accounting
- MMM905 Philosophy of Research
- MMM906 Qualitative Research Methods
- MMM907 Quantitative Research Methods
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.
You will be an ideal candidate for a PhD in Accounting if you have these attributes:
- Intellectual curiosity
- Enthusiasm and passion for research
- Excellent written and oral communication skills
- Strong academic background in Accounting, Economics or Finance with a solid grounding in quantitative methods
- Strong reference letters
- Strong GMAT/ GRE score would be useful indicator but not essential.