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Qualification type

MRes - Master of Research

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Course type


Course Summary

This course 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.

Our MRes puts you in a particularly strong position to progress to doctoral studies in the field of accounting, for example by studying for a PhD. The School’s employability team and the University’s Employability and Careers Centre are here to support you in your career decisions and provide information on further work experience, internships, placements, and voluntary opportunities. There is also access to employer talks on campus.

Different course options

Full time | Colchester Campus | 1 year | OCT-19

Study mode

Full time


1 year

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This module focuses on concepts and tools that are useful to asset managers who want to use fixed income securities for investing, market-making or speculating. First, fixed income markets and instruments are overviewed; then, basic concepts of bond portfolio management (e.g. price-yield relationship, discount factors, and price sensitivity measures) are introduced. The module is completed by exploring the quantitative tools used to value bonds and manage bond portfolios. Both theoretical intuitions and practical implications are emphasized.

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

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