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Accounting pathway

The Accounting group at Cambridge Judge Business School studies how firms and society can benefit from financial information firms produce. To study where these benefits arise the group is interested in the creation, dissemination, attestation, interpretation, use, and governance of financial information. The focus of the research is on how business managers utilise information to make strategic decisions and how public companies report financial information to key stakeholders, i.e. the group pursues research in financial accounting (external reporting) and management accounting (internal reporting).

Learn more about our supervising faculty's research interests

Alan Jagolinzer (Professor of Financial Accounting) How firms prepare (change) their financial reports and how stakeholders respond to these reports. Corporate governance topics that extend to executive compensation and incentives; insider trading
Jan Bouwens (Professor of Management Accounting) How accounting systems can help employees to make their decisions and to assure that employees make decisions that are conducive to the firm they work for; the information bank employees use to decide on loans; how differing levels of targets over time affect the extent to which managers learn.

What you can expect from the PhD pathway in Accounting

When you join the programme, you will be treated as a junior colleague rather than as a student. The Accounting Group will work with you and train you to become an independent researcher with a research programme and portfolio of academic papers that will help guide your success in the academic job market for faculty positions at the best business schools around the world. You will work with the faculty on joint research projects for potential publication in leading academic journals. In addition to a series of courses focused on research methodology and the foundations of the discipline, you will be exposed to research seminars given by top researchers in the field. We enable close interactions not just through participation and supervision in the Accounting Group but also with other researchers through seminars, meetings with speakers and the organisation of research visits at some of the finest finance departments outside of Cambridge. All students are fully funded during their years on the programme.

What are the advantages of our Accounting PhD over other programmes elsewhere?

There are numerous PhD programmes on offer around the world, so why should you opt for the programme at Cambridge Judge? You'll find that we have several major advantages. Our programme is closely integrated with the rest of the University of Cambridge, meaning that you have easy access to researchers studying a huge variety of topics at a world-class level. The Accounting Group has contacts within the Ivy League schools and in all important schools in Europe and Asia. In addition, the School can offer unique databases that give you the opportunity to study important research questions that help us to understand how the inner workings of the firms affects markets and stakeholders.

What we expect from our PhD students

We welcome applicants from highly regarded universities that have earned an undergraduate and possibly a first graduate degree in financial, mathematical or business economics and performed within the top five per cent in their class; please see the MPhil in Finance academic requirements for more detail. We expect our students to demonstrate a high level of commitment to an academic career in a business school - your academic preparation is key. 

Accounting research is quantitative in nature. To assure that Cambridge Accounting PhDs can pursue an international academic career at reputable institutions it is imperative that our PhD students take the courses offered by our MPhil in Finance programme.

The Accounting group focuses on the creation, dissemination, attestation, interpretation, use, and governance of financial information. The group focuses on how business managers utilise information to make strategic decisions and how public companies report financial information to key stakeholders.

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