• For Entry: January | September
  • Duration: 12 months
  • School: Business
  • Study Mode: Full Time

A solid foundation for students planning to undertake doctoral studies in accounting and finance.

TEF Gold - Teaching Excellence Framework

Most people probably think that research in accounting and finance is "all about numbers", but that really couldn't be further from the truth! Indeed, there is much more to accounting and finance research. This course allows students the opportunity to study the advanced aspects of accounting or finance with staff that have a sound knowledge of the technical aspects of their subjects.

This course is specifically designed to prepare you for further study such as a PhD. Under the supervision of our highly-rated Accountancy team you’ll have a wide choice of modules allowing you to specialise in your chosen area of focus.

You’ll gain the skills you need for your doctorate by studying extended versions of Research Methods & Methodology and Quantitative/Econometric Methods. Uniquely this course offers you the opportunity to undertake a Directed Reading module so you’ll pursue a programme of study specially designed for you by your PhD supervisory team.

We welcome students from the UK and elsewhere to our stimulating, supportive, friendly and well-organised campus. Dundee is among the fastest risers in the 2017 Guardian University Rankings and has also been rated the best in Scotland by some of the most influential higher education surveys.

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

The University of Dundee has been given a Gold award – the highest possible rating – in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

Read more about the Teaching Excellence Framework

TEF Gold - Teaching Excellence Framework

This course involves seven months of taught modules including Research Methods, Quantitative Methods and three module options. 

The options will depend on the proposed area of research you wish to pursue and will be primarily literature based. 

Once these modules are successfully completed, you can leave with a Postgraduate Diploma, or write a dissertation if continuing to the MRes.

How you will be taught

Modules are delivered using a variety of lectures, seminars, workshops, tutorials and hands-on computer labs.

How you will be assessed

You will be assessed by a combination coursework, examinations and dissertation.

What you will study

This course will give you the skills to appreciate accounting and finance in a global context. You will:

  • Critically evaluate research in accounting and finance
  • Appreciate the links between different aspects of accounting and finance, e.g. financial accounting and reporting, financial management, management accounting and corporate governance
  • Understand key social science research methods
  • Apply a range of research methods to examine a specialist area of accounting and finance
  • Communicate complex and specialised issues clearly and concisely
  • Work intensively on a research-based dissertation
  • Prepare for doctoral study and a career in academia


This course comprises four core modules:

  • Research Methods & Methodology (BU52001)
  • Quantitative Methods (BU52002)*
  • Directed Reading (BU52003)
  • Dissertation (BU52010)

*Econometrics for Finance (BU52017) may, with the approval of the Programme Director, be substituted for this module

Plus, students choose two modules from those currently running in the School. These typically include:

  • Contemporary Accounting Issues (BU52004)
  • International Accounting & Financial Reporting (BU52005)
  • Strategic Management Accounting (BU52013)
  • Global Risk Analysis (BU52006)
  • Corporate Finance (BU51002)
  • Emerging Financial Markets & Investments (BU52012)
  • Corporate Governance (BU51001)
  • International Banking (BU51011)
  • Performance Management & Reporting (BU51006)
  • Risk Management in Banking (BU51012)
  • Principles of Marketing Practice (BU51015)
  • Human Resource Management Strategies (BU51018)
  • International Human Resource Management (BU52021)

This specialised course is designed for students intending to pursue further study (e.g. PhD). Recent graduates are undertaking doctoral studies in the UK and elsewhere with graduates employed in universities all over the world. A small number are pursuing other types of work for organisations in the UK and overseas.

A relevant degree in accounting and/or finance.

 EU and International qualifications

English Language Requirement

IELTS Overall 6.0
Listening 5.5
Reading 5.5
Writing 5.5
Speaking 5.5

 Equivalent grades from other test providers


English Language Programmes

We offer Pre-Sessional and Foundation Programme(s) throughout the year. These are designed to prepare you for university study in the UK when you have not yet met the language requirements for direct entry onto a degree programme.

 Discover our English Language Programmes

The fees you pay will depend on your fee status. Your fee status is determined by us using the information you provide on your application.

 Find out more about fee status

Fee statusFees for students starting 2019-20
Scottish and EU students £6,950 per year of study
Rest of UK students £6,950 per year of study
International students (non-EU) £16,450 per year of study
Fee statusFees for students starting 2020-21
Scottish and EU students £7,650 per year of study
See our scholarships for UK/EU applicants
Rest of UK students £7,650 per year of study
See our scholarships for UK/EU applicants
International students (non-EU) £18,150 per year of study
See our scholarships for International applicants

Tuition fees for Overseas (non-EU) students will increase by no more than 5% per year for the length of your course.

Additional costs

You may incur additional costs in the course of your education at the University over and above tuition fees in an academic year.

Examples of additional costs:

One off costOngoing costIncidental cost
Graduation feeStudio feeField trips

*these are examples only and are not exhaustive.

Additional costs:

  • may be mandatory or optional expenses
  • may be one off, ongoing or incidental charges and certain costs may be payable annually for each year of your programme of study
  • vary depending on your programme of study
  • are payable by you and are non-refundable and non-transferable

Unfortunately, failure to pay additional costs may result in limitations on your student experience.

For additional costs specific to your course please speak to our Enquiry Team.

You apply for this course via the UCAS Postgraduate website which is free of charge. You can check the progress of your application online and you can also make multiple applications.

You'll need to upload relevant documents as part of your application. Please read the how to apply page before you apply to find out about what you'll need.

  Degree Course code
Apply nowBusiness Research Methods MResP011462

Course Contact

Dr Theresa Dunne
Social Sciences
+44 (0)1382 385174

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