The course program trains doctoral students to conduct state of the art research in the area of Accounting, Auditing and Corporate Governance and prepares them for a successful international academic career. The program provides a rigorous introduction into essential research methods and provides the opportunity to specialize in the areas of analytical or empirical research. Guided by UZH faculty and renowned adjunct professors from leading Business Schools in the world, participating doctoral students learn to develop research ideas, to implement appropriate research methods, and to publish their work in academic research journals. Research topics can be chosen from a wide area of emerging issues such as the informational role of financial accounting measures and disclosure practices for capital market participants, the use of managerial accounting information for decision making, performance measurement and the design of incentive contracts, the economic consequences of new regulatory measures and corporate governance reforms, as well as the role of auditors and changes in the market for auditing services. The program requires excellent analytical and quantitative skills. A strong undergraduate preparation in statistics and microeconomics is an advantage, as well as a prior training at the undergraduate or graduate level in accounting, auditing, corporate governance, or a related field.