Doctoral Program in Accounting

  • CRICOS code: 056955G | 092763F

What will I study?


Successful candidates for the five-year doctoral program are first admitted into the coursework program Master of Commerce (Accounting) (CRICOS code:092763F). The coursework component consists of 16 subjects (200 points) over two years.

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Students who complete the coursework at the required level will proceed to the PhD degree where they will complete the thesis, typically in three years.

The Doctor of Philosophy degree is awarded on the basis of a thesis of approximately 80,000–100,000 words, in which candidates report on an independent, sustained and academically supervised research project investigating a specialised topic.


With research strengths in a number of key areas, the Department can offer PhD supervision for topics in a wide range of specialisations, including: Areas of specialisation the Department can supervise

Areas of specialisation the Department can supervise
Capital markets-based accounting research Contracting theory and research
Earnings management Valuation
International financial reporting Performance management
Performance impact of corporate downsizing Strategic cost management
Strategy implementation Management control system design
Inter-organisational networks Economics of auditing and auditor behaviour
The pricing of audits Audit quality
Audit judgement The audit market
Corporate governance Business forensics
Accounting information systems Audit technology
Decision aids Business intelligence
Enterprise risk management Business value of IT
Business processes Managerial decision support
Revenue management  

PhD candidates within the Department are actively encouraged to publish their research and significant resources are allocated to support a wide range of research activities including conference travel, study abroad and fieldwork. Candidates have the opportunity to apply for teaching appointments as part of their research training.