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Accounting and Finance

Always aiming to achieve excellence in research and teaching for our students and colleagues, the School and wider University, we have a reputation for friendly and supportive high quality diligence and delivery.


We are engaged in a diverse range of accounting and finance research, much of which has a connection to risk. We subscribe to Datastream and CRSP/Compustat databases.

  • Accounting research includes – risk disclosure, financial performance and disclosure practices, development of accounting professions, risk management and risk culture, accounting history and accounting education, public sector procurement.
  • Finance research includes – stock market forecasts, CEO overconfidence, stock market inefficiency, investment under uncertainty, structural change tests and behavioural macroeconomics, high frequency trading, IPOs, bubbles, timing games.

European Risk Research Network (ERRN)

The ERRN was established in 2006 with the aim of stimulating cross disciplinary research in the area of risk management and providing an exceptional training ground for the next generation of academic researchers, regulators and practitioners.

Professor Philip Linsley is the currently ERRN Co-ordinator.  More details.

Impact and engagement

We have close links with professional accounting bodies and other related organisations. We have contribute to thought leadership projects in risk management and risk culture for the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) and the Institute for Risk Management (IRM) respectively.

We were also instrumental in assisting students setting up the Griff Fund Investment Society. The first student-led university investment fund in the UK, the society received £10,000 sponsorship from Paul Griffiths, a University of York alumnus and City investor, with which to make real money investments and offer invaluable experience of ‘real world’ investment management. All profits are donated to student bursaries and societies.


A technically demanding subject, we are committed to ensuring students are able to fully understand all aspects of accounting and finance to the highest level and have a reputation for high-quality teaching.

At undergraduate level, we are responsible for delivering the BSc degree in Accounting, Business Finance and Management. This degree not only provides students with a thorough grounding in Accounting and Finance but also embeds this within the context of Management and Business. This context is important for understanding why Accounting and Finance is vital to organisations. Students are also able to undertake a placement year as part of the programme. Accredited by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) and the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA).

The core modules in this degree are:

  • Year 1: Financial Accounting, Management Accounting
  • Year 2: Corporate Finance, Financial Reporting, Governance & Audit, Intermediate Management Accounting
  • Year 3: Capital Markets, Management Accounting & Control Systems, Company Law, Advanced Financial Reporting, Critical Perspectives in Accounting & Finance, Taxation Systems

At postgraduate level, the group delivers two Masters programmes - an MSc in Accounting and Financial Management and an MSc in Management with Business Finance. A range of modules are delivered in this degree and include: Advanced Financial Accounting, Managerial Economics, Financial Strategy and Governance, Accounting and Risk, Advanced Management Accounting, Managing Public Finances, Financial Markets and Investments.

Doctoral Students

We welcome PhD applications in any of our research areas or allied to our related research interests; further information is found on our staff profiles.  Our current Doctoral students:

  • Mahmoud Marzouk
  • Mazen Alzamel
  • Shengfeng Li
  • Heng Liu
  • Runqing Tan
  • Shaolong Mu
  • Khalsa Al-Akhzami
  • Christian Manicaro
  • Zhen He
  • Raghad Abdulkarim Alsudays
  • Janine Balter
  • Martha Philips
  • Alshammari Abdulmajeed
  • Neytullah Ciftci
  • Shuyi Liu

Featured PhD Topics

Khalsa Al-Akhzami
Professional scepticism and auditors: moral reasoning and decision making

Mahmoud Marzouk
A Framework for the Quality of Corporate Risk Disclosure

We are an outward-looking group with a great community feel. Whether you are an academic, practitioner, current student or potential student who is interested in what we are doing, you are very welcome to email or call anyone in the group at any time.