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Qualification type

MRes - Master of Research

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Course type


Course Summary

Our MRes Accounting is designed for those wishing to follow a career in research and/or academia. It is the ideal first step if you hope to progress to doctoral studies, such as PhD.

We equip you with the skills and knowledge to appreciate the depth and breadth of accounting theories and techniques and apply these within a social science context. The content of our course is a direct response to requirements for, and suggested improvements in, research training laid down by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

You deepen your thinking about accounting and develop a broader understanding of the changing roles and perception of accounting within an ever-changing social context.

You develop knowledge and understanding of:

  • research skills, including both quantitative and qualitative approaches
  • theoretical stances underpinning different approaches to research
  • how to design a research proposal, including construction of research questions and/or hypotheses
  • launching and managing a research project, including data collection, analysis and interpretation

You study at Essex Business School, ranked 25th in the UK for research quality (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019). In addition, 75% of our research was deemed world leading or internationally excellent (REF, 2014).

Different course options

Full time | Colchester Campus | 1 year | 08-OCT-20

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



This module seeks to explore a range of theoretical, philosophical and methodological approaches to postgraduate research with a specific focus on the literature search and review phase of a research project. The module will look closely at the process of writing an academic literature review. Alongside this, students will develop skills in reviewing and critically analysing academic texts, developing insights on research methodology and epistemology that will be developed in later (Spring term) modules. Students will be guided in their study through intensive workshop sessions, but are also expected to undertake a substantial programme of self-directed study, including searching for, reading and reviewing relevant literature. This self-directed study forms an important part of the delivery of the module, and is built in to the schedule below. Assessment will be based on two written pieces of coursework completed at the end of the module. Full details of the assessment are given below, and additional guidance is available on the Moodle page.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

You should have a good 2:2 honours degree, or equivalent, in accounting or related discipline.