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    I am looking for opinions on the route to completing a PhD with the hope of becoming a university lecturer in the future.

    I am currently on a placement at one of the Big Four accountancy firms (3rd year). I want to complete my degree then I'm not sure which route to take to the Phd in accounting.

    I was thinking of completing the ACA qualification, as it's very highly regarded, while I work the applying for a PhD.
    As I'm not completing a dissertation in my last year, would it be necessary or preferred to complete a masters to get the research methods and experience? Also, would this really highlight which area I would focus on for PhD research.


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    What do you want to do your PhD on? you dont say in your post. Outside of the physical sciences its pretty essential to do a postgraduate masters. You also need to start looking at funding opportunities, its nearly impossible to get anything in some fields.
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    Most PhD programs insist on '2.1 or above' and a Masters.

    The Masters gives you the essential research methods training in your subject area and more intensive study/research experience. This is the proof that you are capable of doing research - and at the required level.

    PS. Universities value 'experience' - working in between your u/grad degree and you Masters, and then before you do a PhD will enhance your application(s). How can you do research into accountancy practice, or hope to teach it, when you've never actually done any?
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    #paddy - I would want to complete it in Accounting, in general, with specific areas in mind at the moment.

    I understand funding is a big thing, that's what puts me off a masters as its a high cost with, from my perspective, less funding.

    #returnmigrant - I assumed experience would be valuable, hence why I'm working in a big four accountancy firm this year in my sandwich year.

    I am heading for a first so that should be fine, but as for the Masters I have been told the professional qualification would be sufficient as the masters is becoming less of a necessity.

    I was looking at an ESRC or 1+3 as they provide the masters and PhD, allowing me to use prior work experience to apply then going straight from masters to research. For me, this seems like a great choice as it allows following from the masters research straight to PhD.

    Thanks both for your comments.


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    Just a general question. Is it possible for Someone to pursue a phd in slightly different topic from His MSc? I mean somebody who has first degree in IR and masters in governance with significant elements of political economy is it possible to begin a phd in political economy?


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    (Original post by virtsou)
    Just a general question. Is it possible for Someone to pursue a phd in slightly different topic from His MSc? I mean somebody who has first degree in IR and masters in governance with significant elements of political economy is it possible to begin a phd in political economy?


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    Yes, as long as you can prove you won't be swamped.
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    (Original post by virtsou)
    Just a general question. Is it possible for Someone to pursue a phd in slightly different topic from His MSc? I mean somebody who has first degree in IR and masters in governance with significant elements of political economy is it possible to begin a phd in political economy?


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    Yes (That what I'm doing). As long as you can demonstrate a) you are capable of the workload b) adapting to the subject area you should be okay.
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    Thanks :-) and sorry again for the off topic


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    Bumping back to original post topic, no offence.


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