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Narrative Research in Accounting and Finance

Narratives in financial disclosures have been extensively researched since the 1980s. While narrative research is predominantly qualitative in the UK and predominantly quantitative in the US, recent topics in narrative accounting in the UK have increasing use of quantitative and mixed methods. I am interested in supervising students doing narrative research in accounting and finance, particularly in short disclosures such as trading updates, earnings press releases and interim management statements. Students need to have a background in accounting and/or finance although some economics students may fit this topic as well. Students do not need to have a background in quantitative techniques although necessary training will be provided within the course of the PhD if such techniques are employed. The goal of PhD from this topic is to develop multiple potentially publishable papers in reputed accounting and finance journals. The papers submitted to journals will be co-authored by the student and thesis supervisors. Students will have the opportunity to attend statistical analysis, narrative and other related workshops both within and outside of Brunel University (in the UK). Potentially publishable papers will also have the opportunity to be presented in reputable accounting and finance conferences and seminars, including the British Accounting and Finance Association (BAFA) conferences. Interested students can contact me at Sheehan.Rahman@brunel.ac.uk

How to apply

If you are interested in applying for the above PhD topic please follow the steps below:

  1. Contact the supervisor by email or phone to discuss your interest and find out if you woold be suitable. Supervisor details can be found on this topic page. The supervisor will guide you in developing the topic-specific research proposal, which will form part of your application.
  2. Click on the 'Apply here' button on this page and you will be taken to the relevant PhD course page, where you can apply using an online application.
  3. Complete the online application indicating your selected supervisor and include the research proposal for the topic you have selected.

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This is a self funded topic

Brunel offers a number of funding options to research students that help cover the cost of their tuition fees, contribute to living expenses or both. See more information here: https://www.brunel.ac.uk/research/Research-degrees/Research-degree-funding. The UK Government is also offering Doctoral Student Loans for eligible students, and there is some funding available through the Research Councils. Many of our international students benefit from funding provided by their governments or employers. Brunel alumni enjoy tuition fee discounts of 15%.