Topics in Accounting Research (AOI)

This information is for the 2020/21 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Andrea Mennicken KSW 3.09 and Prof Michael Power KSW 3.12


This course is compulsory on the MRes/PhD in Accounting (AOI) (Accounting, Organisations and Institutions Track). This course is available with permission as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.

Course content

This is an advanced course for doctoral and postdoctoral students focusing on the institutional and organisational context of accounting practices in their broadest sense. The seminars are generally based on key readings at the interface between accounting, organisation studies, regulation and management. Discussions will be focused on the analysis of accounting and calculative practices in context drawing on a wide range of approaches. The course provides students also with training in qualitative methods in accounting research, including document analysis; interviewing techniques and transcript analysis; ethnographic methods in accounting; and theory building from data.


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

This year, some or all of this teaching may be delivered using virtual classes as an alternative to face-to-face teaching.

There will be a reading week in week 6 of both MT and LT.

Indicative reading

There is no single text for this course and the seminars will be based on pre-distributed readings. 


First year MRes/PhD students in Accounting (Accounting, Organisations and Institutions Track) will not normally be formally assessed but they will receive formative feedback on written work as agreed with the Course Director.

Second year MRes/PhD students in Accounting (Accounting, Organisations and Institutions Track) are formally assessed by:

(i) A referee report of a current working paper (25% weighting). This will normally be assigned in week 5 of Lent term to be worked on during the following week (6) when there is no class meeting.

(ii) A take-home examination (75% weighting). This will cover a selection of key areas/papers studied in AC500 and AC504. It will be designed to be completed within a three-day (72 hour) period in the summer.

In addition, all students participating in the course are expected to present and discuss their own work in progress as well as other published works discussed in this course. Students will receive feedback on their presentations, so that they can develop and improve their presentation skills.

Important information in response to COVID-19

Please note that during 2020/21 academic year some variation to teaching and learning activities may be required to respond to changes in public health advice and/or to account for the situation of students in attendance on campus and those studying online during the early part of the academic year. For assessment, this may involve changes to mode of delivery and/or the format or weighting of assessments. Changes will only be made if required and students will be notified about any changes to teaching or assessment plans at the earliest opportunity.

Key facts

Department: Accounting

Total students 2019/20: 1

Average class size 2019/20: 1

Value: Non-credit bearing

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

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