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Market-based accounting research

Market-based accounting research (MBAR) involves the application of capital market theories in areas of finance and accounting, typically using large volumes of share market data. I am interested in supervising PhD students in a range of MBAR topics, including earnings informativeness, prices leading earnings, corporate governance, accounting quality, earnings persistence, etc. I am also interested in a small but growing research stream that involves the intersection of MBAR topics and lexical features of financial disclosures, such as examining the relationship between accounting quality and financial performance attributions. Students need to have a background in accounting and/or finance although some economics students may fit these topics as well. 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. If students require training on econometric, statistical analysis or advanced level accounting, such classes may be arranged. Potentially publishable papers will have the opportunity to be presented in reputable accounting and finance conferences, such as 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%.