Empirical Financial Accounting and Capital Markets

This information is for the 2016/17 session.

Teacher responsible

Prof Peter Pope OLD 5.04, Prof Bjorn Jorgensen OLD 2.17 and Prof Ane Miren Tamayo OLD 5.05


This course is available on the MPhil/PhD in Accounting. This course is available with permission as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.

Course content

This is a readings based course dealing with advanced issues in accounting research methods. Its primary focus is to study accounting and financial reporting issues from an economics perspective. While much research studied in the course will be empirical archival in nature, the course also emphasises the importance of theory and research design in developing high quality research. The course covers a wide range of accounting issues including the design of and choices between alternative accounting methods, the use of accounting numbers in economic decision making, assessment of financial reporting quality, the economic consequences of financial reporting, and the interactions between financial reporting, legal and economic institutions, and corporate governance.


20 hours of lectures in the MT. 20 hours of lectures in the LT.


Second year MPhil/PhD students in Accounting (Track 2) are formally assessed by a take-home exam in the Summer Term. First year MPhil/PhD students in Accounting (Track 2) will not normally be formally assessed but they will receive feedback in the form of formative assessments. In addition, all students participating in the course are expected to present research papers being studied and will receive feedback on their presentations aimed at developing and improving their presentation skills.

Key facts

Department: Accounting

Total students 2015/16: 3

Average class size 2015/16: 4

Value: Non-assessed

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Self-management
  • Problem solving
  • Communication
  • Commercial awareness
  • Specialist skills