PhD Programme

Why do your Accounting PhD at London Business School?

The London Business School PhD Programme in Accounting recruits and trains highly motivated individuals to conduct high quality research on accounting issues. While the focus is on examining contemporary accounting research topics, rigorous training in microeconomics, information economics, corporate finance, asset pricing, game theory, and econometric methods is provided. Students acquire the necessary multi-disciplinary knowledge and skills during their tenure to produce empirical research that can be published in top peer-reviewed academic journals.  The coursework and structure is similar to top US accounting PhD programmes.

World-renowned Accounting faculty at London Business School have published in leading accounting and finance academic journals including Journal of Accounting Research, Journal of Accounting and Economics, Review of Accounting Studies, The Accounting Review, Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics, Contemporary Accounting Research.

Research interests

Faculty research interests span the following broad areas:

• accounting information and capital markets
• fundamental analysis and valuation
• executive compensation
• empirical finance and accounting anomalies
• information intermediaries and corporate networks
• corporate governance
• accounting information and political economics
• accruals, earnings quality and earnings management
• international accounting standards
• private equity and venture capital

Students' views

Read what some of our current students have to say about the programme:

"The PhD programme at London Business School is a challenging life-changing experience. Through the programme you quickly develop the skills to critically evaluate and produce high quality research."
Jose M. Carabias, year of entry 2009

"The PhD programme combines rigorous training with a stimulating research environment. Doctoral students greatly benefit from interactions with London Business School faculty across disciplines."
Anya Kleymenova, year of entry 2009

"Top-notch faculty and weekly workshop presenters from leading global business schools make you quickly realise that London Business School is at the frontier of accounting research."
Atif Ellahie, year of entry 2010

Alumni's views

Read what some of our alumni have to say about the programme:

"The PhD training in London Business School centres around developing students' ability in independent thinking and critical evaluation, which are the most important qualities needed for a researcher pursuing a life-long career in academia."
Xi Li, Assistant Professor, Temple University, year of graduation 2010

"The PhD experience at London Business School has developed my critical thinking and analytical skills, and built a solid foundation for my academic career."
Li Zhang, Assistant Professor, Rutgers University, year of graduation 2010

"The accounting department at London Business School provides excellent training and support for PhD students. A collegiate environment, involvement in the various research activities of the department, and PhD seminars taught both by the LBS accounting faculty and invited scholars ensure that we are at the frontier of accounting research."
Yun Lou, Assistant Professor, HEC Paris, year of graduation 2012


Recent graduates (with placements) include Yun Lou (HEC Paris), Xi Li (Temple University), Li Zhang (Rutgers Business School), Ana Simpson (London School of Economics) and Yanling Guan (University of Hong Kong).

How to apply

For entry in October 2013, the deadline for receipt of applications is 8 January 2013. For a full explanation of the applications process, including details of how to apply online, see the PhD programme admissions pages

Faculty and students in lecture theatre

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