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Full time | Canterbury Campus | 3 years | 27-SEP-21

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Full time


3 years

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Qualification type

PhD/DPhil - Doctor of Philosophy

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Course Summary

The Kent Business School Accounting Group has a strong international reputation for its research on public sector or critical accounting and accounting history. Group members have published many scholarly papers in highly esteemed journals and a number of influential books.


The group’s research interests include:

  • problems with privatisation
  • the National Health Service (NHS)
  • New Public Management (NPM)
  • the social and political importance of accounting
  • public sector audit and accountability.

Exchange partners

Kent Business School (KBS) has excellent links with business schools globally, including in China, USA, Hong Kong, France, Germany, Spain, Sweden and Italy. Our wide array of exchange partners gives you the opportunity to gain international experience. Our partners are committed to enhancing their international outlook while providing excellent teaching. You will gain invaluable work experience, develop your understanding of a new culture and improve your language skills.

Our exchange partners include these top-ranked institutions among others:

  • University of Technology Sydney (UTS)
  • Renmin Business School, Renmin University of China
  • The University of Hong Kong (HKU)


The KBS PhD programme is designed to provide a thorough training for research careers in academia or industry. Our students generally take up academic appointments in UK or international higher education institutions or work in policy or industry settings.

Tuition fees

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Entry requirements

Applicants should hold a 2.1 at undergraduate level and a Merit at Master’s level in a relevant discipline, from a UK or other approved university and/or equivalent. You must submit a research proposal of approximately 1,500 words on your intended topic. All applicants are considered on an individual basis and additional qualifications, professional qualifications and relevant experience may also be taken into account when considering applications.

University information

The University of Kent is a place where people can sharpen their focus with postgraduate study. It is known as the UK’s European university and has postgraduate centres in Brussels and Paris, as well as two UK campuses in Canterbury and Medway. As a postgraduate, students will have the opportunity to study full or part-time on the majority of programmes offered in one of Kent’s European centres. Kent offer postgraduate students...more

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