PhD in Accounting

PhD in Accounting

The Accounting Group at Bayes Business School offers an internationally recognised PhD in Accounting programme. We offer a stimulating learning and research environment and the PhD programme is supported by leading experts in areas of financial accounting and capital market research. Our researchers routinely publish in top accounting journals and the research is often quoted in the financial press.

Our PhD students have access to excellent resources, equiptment and research infrastructure. Including a wide range of databases, including Bloomberg, Thomson Reuters EIKON, WRDS, DataStream, Thomson One, and others. Bayes Business School's most recent graduates have been hired by Penn State, London School of Economics, University of Paris and the Bank of England.

You will work alongside a diverse faculty of PhD students and international academics to develop cutting edge research with impact on the academic and practitioner communities. You will develop high-level skills of analysis and appraisal, learn to use a range of research methodologies, and participate in leading international research conferences. Please view the structure of the programme webpage for detailed information.

Research Areas

Please take a look at the academic profiles of the Accounting Group members to see their expertise and what kind of potential research areas they may supervise. We encourage applications for many accounting research topics including the following:

  • Accountability and governance
  • Analyst research
  • Audit
  • Corporate communication and disclosure
  • Investment banking relations
  • Financial reporting
  • Financial statement analysis
  • Security valuation.


We invite outstanding students to apply for the full-time PhD Programme in Accounting. A scholarship will be offered to successful candidates covering full fees and living expenses. For questions, please contact Dr Pawel Bilinski or individual academics.

More information about the PhD programme at Bayes Business School

PhD Students

Zan Li is a PhD student in Accounting at Bayes Business School. Before joining Bayes Business School, she achieved a BSc in Accounting from Beijing Institute of Technology, China and MSc in Accounting from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, USA. As a PhD student, Zan works under the supervision of Dr Pawel Bilinski and Dr Jay Jung. Her research interests include textual analysis, financial analysts, capital markets, and empirical corporate finance.

Yun Sun is a PhD student in Accounting at Bayes Business School, City, University of London. She received her MSc in Accounting from Durham University. Her research focuses on empirical financial accounting.

Former and visiting PhD students

Xiaochi Ge was a PhD student in Accounting at Bayes Business School - City, University of London. She holds an MSc in Accounting from Tilburg University, Netherlands, and a BSc in Accounting from Xi’an Jiaotong University, China. She currently works at the University of Bristol.

Giovanni Landi  - visiting at the Business School was very productive for my research activity and over that time I improved the knowledge  about the most sophisticated statistical tools applied to financial analysis. My research proposal deals with the impact of ESG ratings on Italian Blue Chips’ Jensen Alphas via a Dynamic Panel Data Analysis to test the significance of the results coming out from my endeavour. I got all academic support as well as I enriched the literature of my Ph.D. thesis, finding in the school’s library a lot of scientific papers dealing with research topics related to mine. I look forward to having with CeFARRs further formative experiences like this, hoping for enhancing my expertise in applying financial analysis tools - Giovanni Landi, University of Naples "Federico II".

Jonathan Jona was a research student at the Business School, London. He holds an MSc in Business Economics - Finance specialisation (cum laude) and a BSc in International Economics and Business from the University of Amsterdam. He worked as a research assistant in the Finance department at the University of Amsterdam and served as an analyst in an Israeli investment bank. He is currently working on a joint project between The Business School and the Financial Reporting Council on ownership concentration of the UK market and he serves as a teaching assistant at postgraduate level at The Business School. His specialisation is in the area of accounting and corporate governance. More specifically, his research focuses on the impact of changes of accounting regulations on information asymmetry in foreign firms listed on US capital markets.

Sarayut Rueangsuwan was a research student in Accounting at the Business School, London. He holds a BBA in accounting and an MBA in finance and international business both from Thammasat University in Thailand. Before joining The Business School research programme, Sarayut gained professional accounting experience with Thailand's top three financial institutions and the PLAN Group where he last worked as business development manager. He has also worked as accounting lecturer at Kasetsart University. With research interests broadly focused on market-based accounting, Sarayut works under the supervision of Dr. Gilad Livne and Professor Peter Pope.

Ali Sahin was a research student in Accounting at the Centre for Financial Analysis and Reporting Research, the Business School. Prior to joining the Business School, he studied and earned an MSc in Accounting and Finance with Distinction at the University of Essex, with a dissertation titled; An empirical analysis of the explanatory power and valuation roles of book value and earnings during the crisis in the UK. Ali has professional experience in accountancy as well as in the banking sector in Turkey where he worked in the capacity of Credit Sanctioning Manager at one of the country's major banks, dealing with project finance, and corporate and SME credits within different rotational departments. His current research is focused mainly on the informativeness of earnings management under economic uncertainty in the context of IFRS and US GAAP. Ali works under the supervision of Professor Peter Pope and Dr. Gilad Livne.

Mustafa Temiz received his MSc from the University of Texas in 2007 and BBA from Istanbul University in 2004. During his studies he worked in local Auditing firms in Dallas and, before joining The Business School, he held positions in the Advisory Department of KPMG and Risk Management Department of Credit Suisse. He has been a Certified Public Accountant (TX, USA) and a member of Texas State Board of Public Accountancy since 2009.

Junzi Zhang was a PhD student in Accounting at Bayes Business School. Prior to joining Bayes, she achieved BSc in Accounting and Finance from Lancaster University, UK and MS in Accounting from Michigan State University, USA. She is currently working at the University of Strathclyde.