Entry requirements

You should have a substantial academic background in accounting, finance or economics, typically at master's level; occasionally we consider students with a more general graduate training in social science. Satisfactory performance in the Department's own MSc programmes may meet the entrance requirements.

Months of entry


Course content

The Department of Accounting is widely recognised for its excellence in accounting and financial management research and teaching, as well as its leading role in public policy issues. In the 2001 review of university research by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), the Department was awarded 5* - the highest possible rating and one of only two departments in its category to receive this award. The Department was similarly successful in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, on this occasion as part of the 'Business and Management Studies' Unit of Assessment.

The Department of Accounting provides an outstanding international and interdisciplinary environment, based on a mix of departmental activities, close links with other departments, as well as strong connections with research centres. Each year, over 240 graduate students from over 40 countries and representing a wide range of academic and work backgrounds are admitted into its taught graduate programmes. Our research seminars and workshops, visitors and visiting research students, together with our links with professional and practitioner communities ensure that our faculty continue to work at the cutting edge of new developments and that their output is widely disseminated.

Our faculty are members of, and involved in, the Centre for Analysis of Risk and Regulation (CARR), as well as LSE Health. They contribute to public debate in both the academic and professional domains. We have close links with several international journals, such as Accounting Organizations and Society, Contemporary Accounting Research and Management Accounting Research. Faculty also have close associations with several research and professional institutions, including the European Institute for Advanced Studies in Management (EIASM), the European Accounting Association (EAA) and the American Accounting Association (AAA).

Faculty continue to play key roles in a range of professional and regulatory bodies. These include: the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA); the Monopolies and Mergers Commission; the Centre for Business Performance of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW); the Institute of Actuaries; and the Accounting Standards Board. Members of the Department also have advised the International Accounting Standards Board.

Department specialisms

European and international dimensions of accounting, the debate around audit and financial regulation, comparative and historical studies of financial accounting and reporting, and the economics and politics of accounting standard setting and harmonisation, many others.

Information for international students


Fees and funding


Qualification and course duration


full time
36-48 months


full time
36-48 months

Course contact details

Student Recruitment Office
+44 (0)20 7955 6613