The undergraduate BSc Accounting & Finance programme is topically focused on accounting and finance but is fundamentally grounded in other core social science disciplines as well as practically connected to the social sciences through optional courses and LSE100.
Specifically, in addition to developing core knowledge and skills in accounting and finance, you will learn to analyse how accounting and finance is concerned with a range of institutional and organisational processes of calculation, reporting, and evaluation. You will also learn to appreciate the interdependencies between accounting and accountability, financial management and risk, performance management and sustainability, governance and regulation, policy making and change, among other key fundamental concepts related to, implicated in, or affected by accounting and finance. You will learn to critically evaluate the use and suitability of accounting and finance techniques in different contexts. You will gain a deep understanding of the nature of organisations in the economy and society, and the crucial role that accounting and finance play in societies, economies, institutions, markets, organisations, and even individual behaviours.
This diverse social science approach to accounting and finance makes our graduating students highly sought after by a wide range of organisations globally in any area related to accounting or finance, and even beyond into other areas. Recent graduates of this programme have gone on to work in the areas of professional accountancy, investment banking, investment analysis, management consultancy and financial management, but also in the public sector as well as into further academic study. If you successfully complete the degree, then depending on the optional courses you have taken, you may be eligible for exemptions for some examinations of the professional accountancy bodies.
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The degree involves studying courses to the value of 12 units, over three years, plus LSE100. Half of these are in accounting and finance, and half in related disciplines. You will have the opportunity to specialise to a certain degree in various fields within accounting and finance.
In your first year, you will take introductory courses in accounting and finance, economics, mathematics and statistics. In addition, you will also take LSE100. You may also be able to take an outside option depending on your other choices.
(* indicates half-unit course)
Elements of Accounting and Finance
Will introduce you to the preparation, uses and limitations of accounting information and to some issues in finance and investment.
There are two versions of this course: EC1A3 and EC1A5. Students will be advised about the most appropriate version to take depending on academic background or future course choices.
There are two versions of this course: EC1B3 and EC1B5. Students will be advised about the most appropriate version to take depending on academic background or future course choices.
Quantitative Methods (Mathematics)*
Develops the basic mathematical tools necessary for further study in economics and related disciplines.
Quantitative Methods (Statistics)*
Develops elementary statistical tools necessary for further study in management and economics.
Optional courses to the value of one unit
Elementary Statistical Theory
Provides a precise treatment of introductory probability theory, statistical ideas, methods and techniques.
An introductory-level course if you wish to use mathematics seriously in social science, or in any other context.
A half unit, running across Michaelmas and Lent Term in the first year, LSE100 is compulsory for all LSE undergraduate students, and is designed to build your capacity to tackle multidimensional problems through research-rich education.
In your second year, you will take an accounting course and a Principles of Finance course. Depending on your academic background you'll take a minimum of two economics courses. Please note that the format of the LSE100 course is under review.
Accounting Theory and Practice
Provides an in-depth knowledge and understanding in accounting theories and practices underlying major accounting issues.
Principles of Finance I
Examines companies' longer term investment decisions, and the ways in which these may be financed in the financial markets.
Principles of Finance II
A more quantitative course examining companies' longer term investment decisions, and the ways in which these may be financed in the financial markets.
Courses to the value of one unit from the following:
There are two versions of this course: EC2A3 and EC2A5. Students will be advised about the most appropriate version to take depending on academic background or future course choices.
There are two versions of this course: EC2B3 and EC2B5. Students will be advised about the most appropriate version to take depending on academic background or future course choices.
Introduction to econometrics to teach students the theory and practice of empirical research in economics
Students will be advised whether they are able to take this course depending on academic background or future course choices.
Outside options to the value of one unit
In your third year, you will take one compulsory accounting course, one compulsory finance course and will choose between two further accounting courses. You will take an outside option to the value of one unit from an approved list, and choose two accounting courses from a choice of five.
Contemporary Issues in Financial Accounting*
Considers the key areas of topical interests in financial accounting and the impact of accounting regulation on financial statements, in an international context.
Corporate Governance, Risk Management and Financial Audit*
Introduces core concepts and practices of auditing, and provides a critical analysis of auditing practices and their role in organisational governance.
Corporate Finance, Investments and Financial Markets
The course will cover a broad range of topics, with both a theoretical and an empirical emphasis. These include topics in corporate finance, investments and performance evaluation and international finance.
Two courses from a range of accounting options, to a total value one unit
Outside options to the value of one unit
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You must also note that places are limited on some courses and/or subject to specific entry requirements. The School cannot therefore guarantee you a place. Please note that changes to programmes and courses can sometimes occur after you have accepted your offer of a place. These changes are normally made in light of developments in the discipline or path-breaking research, or on the basis of student feedback. Changes can take the form of altered course content, teaching formats or assessment modes.
Below we list our entry requirements in terms of GCSEs, A-Levels (the entry requirements should be read alongside our A-level subject combinations information) and the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma. We accept a wide range of other qualifications from the UK and from overseas.
AAA with A in Mathematics
Contextual admissions A-level grades**
AAB with A in Mathematics
38 points overall. 766 in higher level subjects, including 6 in higher level Mathematics
Contextual admissions IB grades**
37 points overall. 666 in higher level subjects, including 6 in higher level Mathematics
Every undergraduate student is charged a fee for each year of their programme.
The fee covers registration and examination fees payable to the School, lectures, classes and individual supervision, lectures given at other colleges under intercollegiate arrangements and, under current arrangements, membership of the Students' Union. It does not cover living costs or travel or fieldwork.
The 2023 tuition fee for new Home students has not yet been set. As a guide the 2022 fee for Home students is £9,250 per year. The Home student undergraduate fee may rise in line with inflation in subsequent years.
Quick Careers Facts for the Department of Accounting
Median salary of our UG students six months after graduating: £35,000
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The data was collected as part of the Graduate Outcomes survey, which is administered by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA). Graduates from 2018-19 were the second group to be asked to respond to Graduate Outcomes. Median salaries are calculated for respondents who are paid in UK pounds sterling and who were working in full-time employment.
Recent graduates of this programme have gone on to work in the areas of professional accountancy, investment banking, investment analysis, management consultancy and financial management, the public sector, as well as further academic study.
If you successfully complete the degree, then depending on the optional courses you have taken, you may be eligible for exemptions from some examinations of the professional accountancy bodies.
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