MRes Studentships in Finance/Accounting & Financial Management

The Department of Accounting and Finance at Lancaster is committed to recruiting the finest calibre Master of Research (MRes) students of all backgrounds from all over the world. We strive to attain the highest level of academic excellence in teaching and research in pursuit of our goal of producing graduates and researchers who reflect the institution’s high-quality standards with distinction and honour. As an international research and academic training institute, we are proud to host excellent research students from a wide range of nationalities.

The MRes is a one-year full-time Masters degree aimed at students who wish to proceed subsequently to doctoral studies. The programme is suitable both for students who are hoping to continue their doctoral study at Lancaster and those who decide to complete their PhD at another university.

Each year the Department of Accounting and Finance funds a competitive fee scholarship competition which is open to MRes applicants. This includes a fee bursary and a living allowance of up to £14,000 for outstanding applicants. Scholarships are also available through the North West Doctoral Training Centre ( which is the largest centre in England for social science postgraduate training. Here a fee bursary plus a living allowance of up to £14,000 is available.

The MRes has two purposes:

  1. To provide intending PhD students with a better grounding in a specialist subject area.
  2. To provide intending PhD students with the qualitative and quantitative research skills they will need in order to undertake their research.

The taught course element of the MRes programme is normally based on the corresponding MSc programme, and also includes assessed study of advanced research methods. MRes candidates are also expected to produce a dissertation that will normally take the form of a PhD proposal or a draft of a first research paper that enables a smooth transition from the MRes to PhD study. Students who achieve a prescribed required standard, both for the MRes overall and the dissertation element, are considered as candidates for our competitive PhD programme in the following year.

Because of the unique structure of the MRes programmes in Finance and in Accounting & Financial Management, we are able to offer transfer opportunities for our own MSc students to join the MRes programme after Term 1, provided that they have attained sufficiently excellent results. Such transfers are always subject to the approval of the Director(s) of Study in the Department.

Entry requirements for the MRes degrees are as for the MSc degrees, although (where required for overseas applicants) a higher GMAT score of 650+ would be sought. We will also take into account an applicant’s potential for excellence in research and progression to successful doctoral level study. Therefore, offers for admission are subject to review by the Directors of PhD Study in the Department.

Our website provides more details of our programmes, our faculty and their research expertise, the application procedure as well as funding opportunities. You can also contact our PhD programme secretary Carole Holroyd in the Department of Accounting and Finance.

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Application Deadline

Applications are now open. You should apply as soon as possible. You must apply by 10 January 2014 if you wish to be considered for a scholarship from the NWDTC. Otherwise, please apply before 30 June 2014 for October 2014 entry.

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