Auditing in a Big Data Environment: An Opportunity or a Disruptive Innovation?

PHD Scholarship: 
Auditing in a Big Data Environment: An Opportunity or a Disruptive Innovation?
Posted on: 
Sunday, February 10, 2019
Closing Date: 
Friday, March 29, 2019

PhD Scholarship: Auditing in a Big Data Environment: An Opportunity or a Disruptive Innovation?

The University of Manchester

This PhD scholarship offers three years’ funding, including tuition fees and a stipend of approximately £15,000 per year for candidates wishing to commence their studies in September 2019.  The successful candidate will also receive a generous research support and conference allowance.  You will also have access to a robust doctoral research training programme, dedicated research resources, training in transferable skills, visiting speaker seminar programme, and associate with existing research centres and groups.

Students will benefit from the state-of-the-art facilities at the newly refurbished Business School including a new Learning Resources Centre, Data Analytics Visualisation Lab and a Behavioural Economics and Strategic Management Laboratory.  In addition, all students are encouraged to undertake training and development in teaching and deliver teaching and/or research assistantship duties on a paid basis to further enhance their experience in preparation for their future careers.

The Project

Business leaders, governments and researchers expect that Big Data will drive the next big change in business practices. However, to be part of this change, companies need to revisit ways in which they manage their structural and human capital. We know relatively little about the ways in which businesses embrace opportunities presented by Big Data, and research in this area remains limited.

The aim of the proposed research project is to investigate the use of data analytics techniques in the context of financial statement auditing, including the challenges and capabilities required of audit professionals in Big Data environments. This project will draw on qualitative research methods, such as interviews with audit practitioners and stakeholders, to provide empirically drawn insights that may assist further developments in practice and regulation.

The candidate will be supervised from within the Accounting and Finance Division of Alliance Manchester Business School.

Entry Requirements

Applications for this project are sought from exceptional UK, EU and international students with an outstanding academic background.

Applicants must have a First or Upper Second Class Honours degree (or equivalent) and hold or expect to obtain a Masters level qualification with Distinction. English Language requirements (where required) are IELTS 7.0, TOEFL 623 (100 ibt), PTE 66.

How to apply

Candidates should submit a PhD application for the PhD Accounting and Finance and indicate that they wish to be considered for this project.

Your application must contain a 3000-word research proposal related to the topic.

Candidates are strongly advised to submit their application as early as possible. Candidates who do not submit the required supporting documents by the specific deadlines will not be considered.

Application deadline: 29 March 2019


For further details about the project, please contact Dr. Anna Samsonova-Taddei at

For questions related to making your application, please contact Lynne Barlow-Cheetham in the Doctoral Programmes Office: