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Entry requirements

Merit in a taught master’s degree in a relevant discipline.

English research level.

Months of entry

August, September

Course content

About the programme

The Department of Accounting offers a PhD programme that has received recognition from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). This programme offers two tracks which provide comprehensive training in different approaches to research in accounting.

Track 1 is devoted to the study of interrelationships between accounting, organisations and institutions. Track 2 primarily examines accounting and financial reporting issues from an economics perspective. To be considered for admission, you should have a substantial academic background in accounting or a cognate area (for example, sociology and economic history for track 1, or economics and quantitative methods for track 2).

The Department has a very strong research culture that includes an active seminar programme and a programme of distinguished visitors. It also has close links with the Centre for Analysis of Risk and Regulation (CARR). Doctoral students become members of an integrated community of researchers, interacting and working with some of the leading academics in Accounting.

Doctoral students are encouraged, at an early stage in their research training, to participate in appropriate international workshops and colloquia. You will be encouraged to present your work at, or attend, conferences relevant to your area of research. You will also be offered the opportunity to gain teaching experience, with appropriate training, in a way that is complementary to your research and enables you to acquire transferable skills in areas such as communication, understanding and explaining issues and ideas, organisation, prioritisation, teamwork and leadership.

Graduates from the Department’s doctoral programme have successfully secured positions with renowned academic institutions.

Information for international students

For country-specific information regarding entry requirements, fees, and scholarships avaliable, please visit LSE's country pages.

Fees and funding

Every research student is charged a fee for their programme.

This programme is eligible for LSE PhD Studentships, and Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) funding.

More information on funding and scholarships can be found on the LSE website.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MRes
    full time
    24-48 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Student Recruitment Office
+44 (0)20 7955 6613