Nanyang Business School Ph.D. Programme in Accounting

Our programme

Our Ph.D. Programme provides rigorous training to Ph.D. accounting students for the investigation of issues relating to all areas of accounting.

Our programme is highly ranked. For four consecutive years (2019-2022), our Ph.D. programme has been ranked #1 in Asia, and between #36 and #13 globally, according to publication records of Ph.D. graduates over the last nine years. (Click here for details)

Our goal

Our aim is to turn graduates into faculty members at research-oriented universities around the world. We have placed students at renowned institutions such as Australian National University, Monash University, University of Hawaii at Mānoa, University of Hong Kong, University of Queensland, University of South Carolina, University of Massachusetts Amherst, University of Sydney, and top research universities in China.

Our faculty

As potential Ph.D. student advisors, our faculty members have a solid reputation for quality work and regularly publish in major accounting and finance journals, such as The Accounting Review, Journal of Accounting Research, Journal of Accounting and Economics, Journal of Finance, Contemporary Accounting Research, Accounting, Organisations and Society, Management Science, and Review of Accounting Studies.

Our accounting faculty members also serve as reviewers, editors and associate editors of these journals. See the list of faculty members and their published research papers.

Two tracks to choose from

In our accounting doctoral programme, you have a choice of two tracks: Capital Market Track  or Behavioural Track. You will need to indicate on your application form which track you wish to select.

This track uses archival data to examine a variety of accounting-related research questions.

As a student, you will have access to a wide range of databases which provide information  on stock returns, corporate governance, insider trading, and financial statements.

You will develop proficiency in programming and the use of statistical packages, such as SAS, to conduct your research.

To help you better understand this track, click here to see some recent research papers by our faculty members.


This track focuses on judgement and decision-making processes in accounting settings. It involves the intersection of theories in psychology, economics, and finance, and typically involves (but is not restricted to) the use of experiments.

Current research topics include determinants of auditor performance, determinants of analysts’  forecast accuracy, as well as judgement biases of analysts, investors, and financial managers.

To help you better understand this track, click here to see some recent research papers by our faculty members.


Our doctoral students do not take additional courses on specific accounting standards but  will be required to take seminars on accounting research. Depending on the chosen track, our students will have classes in economics, psychology, and econometrics, and apply their learnings in these fields to research issues in accounting.

We take care of our students by encouraging collaborations between faculty members and the students. As a result, many of our students are able to see their papers published in top tier accounting journals within three years of their graduation.

World-renowned professors are brought to the school through the Centre for Accounting and Auditing Research (CAAR) to provide an extra intellectual arena for learning. CAAR also co-hosts the annual International Symposium on Audit Research, which brings the best auditing researchers together. CAAR started organizing NBS Accounting Research Conference in 2022, offering more opportunities for students to interact with overseas researchers.



Nanyang Business School PhD Programme in Accounting Coordinator, Assoc Prof ZHANG Huai

Division Coordinator for NBS PhD Programme in Accounting

Prof ZHANG Huai

Email: [email protected]

Further information about our division and the research interests of the faculty members can be found here: