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Research in the Department of Finance, Accounting and Business Systems (FABS)

As core and central functions of any organisation or institution, Finance Accounting and Business Systems are vital to success and sustainability because of their role in underpinning planning, doing and reporting.

Our subjects provide the wherewithal to understand how, where and what to deliver as a goods or service for a private, public or social purpose in a timely effective manner. People, process and performance are the pillars of organisational success, and central to "the global agenda for change".

Our main areas are grouped into:

  • Accounting & Finance
  • Economics
  • Trading, Technology and Analytics

By its very nature, our work in all three groupings encompasses Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), climate change, renewable energy and fair trade, all of which are concerns for businesses, driven globally by both legislation and public interest. The creation of opportunities through the development of new future industries and the exploiting of capabilities brought about by technological advances, such as the use of Big Data, Artificial Intelligence and Blockchains, Industry 4.0, provides further avenues to understand how organisational entities are responding to demands internally and externally.

In particular, we would encourage PhD proposals that tackle topics in any one of these areas and which should not necessarily be limited to the examples provided:

  • Operating systems and Analytics
    • Business intelligence
    • Fraud prevention
    • Supply Chain risk
  • Financial Services and Technology
    • Fraud / electronic crime
    • Fintech
    • Banking and international finance
  • Accounting and Finance
    • Financial accounting
    • Corporate and Financial Governance
    • Risk management
    • Sport Finance
  • Economics and Econometric modelling

How to apply

Anyone can apply for a PhD scholarship. However you would need to meet the standard Programme application entry requirements (see below). All applicants wishing to be considered for a PhD scholarship need to submit by the closing date (12 noon on Monday 2nd March 2020) the following documents (see below) by email to
Please indicate clearly in the body of your email that you would like to be considered for a SBS PhD scholarship.

We require the following documents for your application:

  1. a fully completed Sheffield Hallam University application form.
  2. a detailed research proposal (4-6 sides of A4 in length). All submitted research proposals will be uploaded to Turnitin to assess their originality.
  3. a transcript of marks from your highest qualification (we require a dissertation mark of 60 or higher).
  4. a copy of your award certificate from your highest qualification.
  5. two references, both of which must be recent letters on headed notepaper or the reference form found within the University application form (one of which should ideally be from an academic source). Referees can submit their references electronically by scanning and emailing the original documents direct to us from their own email address, but these must be on headed notepaper or the official form.
  6. English Language proficiency evidence - Where English is not your first language, you must show evidence of English language ability to the following minimum level of proficiency. You must provide evidence of either a current IELTS score of 7.0 overall (with all component marks of 6.5 or higher and preferably Academic IELTS); or a current TOEFL test with an overall score of 100 internet based (with a minimum component score of 23 in listening and reading, 26 in writing and 22 in speaking) or SHU TESOL English Language qualification – final overall grade of A (with all components graded at B or higher) or a recognised equivalent testing system.  Please note that your test score must be current, i.e. within the last two years.

Funding amount

A generous and comprehensive package is offered. This funding is for 3 year full-time PhD study. Our SBS PhD Scholarship covers tuition which is equal to the Home/EU fee. This includes a stipend at Research Council UK levels (this is currently £15,009 for 2019/20) per annum plus Home/EU tuition fees (£4,330 in 2019/20). For international students, a top up tuition fee of approximately £8,200 per year is required.

Selection process

Successful applicants will be required to attend an interview where you will be asked to discuss your research proposal. Interview panel members will include the PhD Programme Leader, a prospective Director of Studies and a representative from the SBS Creating Knowledge Board. All applicants wishing to be considered for a PhD scholarship need to submit all their documents by e-mail on 12 noon on Monday 2nd March 2020 to Interview dates are provisionally scheduled for week commencing 20th April 2020.

Research Centre information

Please see the Sheffield Business School website for our particular areas of expertise and specific interests of staff.

Further details on University scholarships and Conditions of Award can be found here.

If you have any queries about full-time PhD Scholarships in SBS please contact:

Dr. Alisha Ali
PhD Programme Leader
Sheffield Business School
Sheffield Hallam University
Tel: 0114 225 4593

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