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Economics, Accounting or Finance

MPhil or PhD

Key facts

Start dates

June 2022 / September 2022 / January 2023 / June 2023

Application deadline

Applications must be received in full by:

  • 15 January 2022 (for June 2022 entry)
  • 15 May 2022 (for September 2022 entry)
  • 15 September 2022 (for January 2023 entry)
  • 15 January 2023 (for June 2023 entry)

Location

Headington

Course length

Full time: minimum 3 years

Part time: minimum 4 years

Funding status

Self-funded

Overview

Economics is a broad discipline that helps us understand historical trends by studying the past, interpret today’s major challenges and predict trends about the future. It is the study of scarcity, that examines how people can use limited resources and respond to incentives or the study of decision making. It includes the study of wealth and finance (such as inclusive finance or the role of financial markets on economic development) as well as corporate governance and responsible accounting.

Our PhD research programme will develop your knowledge of advanced economic theory and econometric methods. An essential feature of the MPhil and PhD process is the close working relationship between research students and supervisors. Specialist training courses are provided through the Southern Economics Doctoral Online Training (SEDOT) initiative that Oxford Brookes Business School (OBBS) is part of, enabling you to to produce innovative research and pioneering research papers. We provide expert academic support and supervision alongside a commitment to your economics research.

Doctoral student

Research expertise

Our team of doctoral supervisors includes experts in the following research areas: Behavioural
Economics, Experimental Economics, Environmental Economics, Economics of Sustainable
Development, Macroeconomics, Applied Econometrics, Financial Economics, Financial Markets and
Institutions, Corporate Governance, Corporate Social Responsibility, Responsible Accounting
Practices.

If you study for a PhD in Economics, Accounting and Finance you will normally be linked to one of
the four OBBS research centres depending on your chosen topic within Economics, Accounting or
Finance. For example, the Centre of Business Society and Global Challenges (BSGC) or Oxford
Regions Innovation, Enterprise Lab (ORIEL)
.

For further information about how your proposed topic might fit please explore the research centre pages.

Degree routes

All students enrol as probationer research students. The degree for which you register will depend on your academic qualifications and research experience. During the first year you will formally register your research proposal for one of the below routes. 

Why Oxford Brookes University?

You will benefit from:

  • a supervisory team of two to three supervisors who can provide the best combination of expertise to support your work
  • training courses in research methods provided by the Business School and wider University
  • regular seminars and learning activities at department, school and university level
  • experience of presenting work to different audiences
  • opportunities to network and discuss your work with staff and fellow students.
  • engage with our entrepreneurs in residence and visiting entrepreneurs
  • Work with local businesses
  • collaborative opportunities, including receiving industrial funding and sponsorship.

You will be supported in developing and sharing your expertise through:

  • opportunities to present at internal seminars and conferences
  • dupport in attending, and ultimately presenting at external conferences (some financial assistance is available)
  • training as an Associate Lecturer and the opportunity to engage in teaching activity on appropriate modules offered by the Business School.

Learning and assessment

While every candidate’s exact experience will vary according to their particular discipline, topic and methodology, there are a number of common elements that all students will undertake:

  • critically investigating and evaluating an approved topic
  • undertaking an analytical review of the existing literature in your topic area to set the theoretical context for your work and help demonstrate the gap in knowledge you will address
  • developing and then implementing a rigorous and appropriate methodology for researching your topic
  • demonstrating that your research conforms to all relevant ethical codes of practice
  • extensive primary field research, analysis and evaluation.

Your progression will be monitored through an annual process undertaken at the end of each academic year, and through two key progression points after approximately six months and eighteen months of study respectively.

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Students

Amina Mahmood Yakubu

Gender and Education: An Economic Analysis of Returns to Education in Nigeria

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Hussein Al-Odwan

Evaluating Loss and Ambiguity Aversion in a Contextualized Risk Setting

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Reginald Kadzutu

Impact of Exchange rate regime on the sensitivity of expected return to macro-economic factors in the APT framework

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Wachuku Johnson

The effect of the corporate governance framework on UK banks

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How to apply

Entry requirements

Applicants should have a good honours degree and a good master's degree at merit level or above that includes a thesis component.

Applicants with equivalent experience will be considered.

Application process

  1. Complete your research proposal
  2. Gather your supporting documents (listed below)
  3. Make a direct application.

If you have any difficulty completing your application, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Supporting documents

When applying for this programme of study please upload all of the required supporting documents listed below to the online application portal.

We suggest merging your supporting documents into a single PDF file. Please note there are two specifically designated options for you to upload your two references to.

  • copies of your previous degree transcripts and certificates (both undergraduate and postgraduate)
  • a scan of your passport
  • two academic references
  • a 2,000-word Research Topic Proposal
  • evidence of funding (we require evidence of personal funds or letter from funder if being sponsored)
  • international students must also provide an English Language Certificate with an IELTS score of at least 7.0.

Tuition fees

Tuition fees

Find out more about fees and funding opportunities by visiting our finance web pages: 

Fees increase by approximately 4% each year and apply to all MPhil, MPhil/PhD, PhD, MA by Research, MSc by Research and LLM by Research programmes.

If you have any questions about fees get in touch with the Research Degrees Team at rd-enquiries@brookes.ac.uk

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