Research Methods for Accounting and Finance module (BU32003)

An introduction to the principles and methods involved in conducting research in accounting and finance.

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The module will provide you with an introduction to research in accounting and finance.

We cover a range of key elements, including the structure and content of a literature review, data collection techniques, ethics and plagiarism checks in research and theories in accounting and finance.

This module will also introduce you to a variety of research methods in these areas, including both quantitative and qualitative approaches.

What you will study

In this module, you will learn to:

  • develop your understanding of the methodologies and methods appropriate to conducting academic research in accounting and finance;
  • develop your ability to synthesise and critically engage with literature from a variety of sources in the field of accounting and finance;
  • gain skills needed to prepare for the possibility of undertaking a dissertation or research project in the area of accounting or finance during your 4th year of study.

The dissertation is an optional year-long 30 credit module available to honours BAcc accounting and finance students entering their fourth year.

Assignments / assessment

One-hour online class test: 20%

Two-hour written final exam: 80%

Teaching methods / timetable


Week Topic
1 Research in accounting & finance
2 Theory & research design
3 Literature review
4 Collecting and using data
5 Secondary data: quantitative approaches
Reading week  
7 Event studies
8 Content and discourse analysis
9 Primary data analysis: questionnaires and interviews
10 Ethical issues
11 Class test


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