Accountancy and Finance PhD Scholarships in UK

Deadline: 22 August 2016
Open to: applicants must have the equivalent a First Class Honours undergraduate degree, as well as a Masters degree with an average mark of 65% or higher and a dissertation mark of 65% or higher
Scholarship: maintenance allowance of £ 14,296 and research support allowance of £ 2,250


The Department of Accountancy, Economics and Finance at Heriot-Watt University is offering a small number of scholarships in the areas of Accountancy and Finance to start in the academic year 2016-17. The term of the scholarships is three years.

There is a list of potential supervisors with the general areas in which they are willing to supervise PhDs, plus, in some cases, (i) the more specific issues/questions they are willing to supervise within those areas, and/or (ii) one or more particular projects on which they would be willing to supervise PhDs.

The research proposal should contain as much as possible of the following:

  • An introduction or outline of the proposed topic;
  • A statement of objectives and/or specific research questions;
  • A summary of some of the relevant literature which supports the research objective(s);
  • An indication of the intended research methodology;
  • An indication of the theoretical structure and/or conceptual outline;
  • A provisional timetable of the major phases of the research process;
  • Results expected from the research e.g. practical value of the research or possible contributions to knowledge or policy or methodology.

Please note that work submitted may be subject to screening via plagiarism software.


  • All applications will be reviewed within the relevant department with a shortlisting decision made based on qualifications, the research proposal and the availability of a supervisory team.
  • Short listed applicants must have the equivalent a First Class Honours undergraduate degree, as well as a Masters degree with an average mark of 65% or higher and a dissertation mark of 65% or higher.
  • If you have not already studied a degree programme that was taught and examined in the medium of English we require evidence of language proficiency.  For IELTS: the minimum overall IELTS score is 6.5 with no score lower than 6.0 in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening.  

Applicants who are unsure if their qualifications meet the minimum criteria should contact the School’s PhD Administrator at [email protected] to discuss their application. Please note that possession of the minimum qualifications does not guarantee shortlisting for interview.


Successful candidates will be expected to make a contribution to activities in the Department in return for a fee-waiver, a maintenance allowance which is currently set at £ 14,296 for the year 2016-17 and a research support allowance of £ 2,250 over the registered period of study.

How to Apply?

Please submit your application via our online application portal latest by 22 August 2016.  Under Application Type please select ‘Research PG’ from the options.   In the section Planned Programme of Study please select ‘Accountancy & Finance course PhD‘ from the options.  Once you have completed your application, ensure that you click “Application is Complete” on the Checklist.  If you have any problems with the online application process please email your query to [email protected]  

Please state clearly on your application that you are applying for a PhD scholarship.

For more information, please visit the official website.

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