Programmes

BSc Accounting and Finance

  • Undergraduate
  • Department of Accounting
  • UCAS code NN34
  • Starting 2017

This joint honours programme is grounded in accounting and finance and also draws on other core social science disciplines through optional courses and LSE100.  As well as developing core knowledge and skills in accounting and finance you will learn to analyse ways in which management, shareholders, and various other stakeholders understand and operate organisations and institutions within the economy and society.

You will learn to critically evaluate the suitability of accounting and finance techniques in different contexts. You will also consider how markets allocate finance to firms and ventures and how and why institutions and governments regulate capital and information flows.

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. The programme is widely regarded as being at the forefront of teaching in the field of accounting and financial management, and LSE is known for pioneering new approaches to the study of financial management practices in private and public organisations.

Programme details

Key facts

 BSc Accounting and Finance
Start date 21 September 2017
Application deadline 15 January 2017
Duration Three years full-time
Applications 2016 1,542
First year students 2016 114
Availability Closed
Tuition fee UK/EU fee: £9,250 for the first year (provisional)
Overseas fee: £18,408 for the first year
Usual standard offer  A level: grades A A A
International Baccalaureate: Diploma with 38 points including 6 6 6 at Higher level
English language requirements Proof of your English language proficiency may be required
Location  Houghton Street, London

 

For more information about tuition fees, usual standard offers and entry requirements, see the fees and funding and assessing your application sections below.

Programme structure and courses

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.

First year

In your first year, you will take introductory courses in accounting and finance, economics, mathematics and statistics, as well as LSE100 which is taught in the Lent term only. You may also be able to take an outside option depending on your choice of mathematics and statistics courses.

If you have A level Economics or equivalent, you will take Economics B; otherwise, you will take Economics A.
If you have A level Mathematics or equivalent you will take either the two half-unit courses Quantitative Methods (Mathematics) and Quantitative Methods (Statistics), or Elementary Statistical Theory.
If you take Elementary Statistical Theory, you must take Mathematical Methods as your fourth course.
If you take Quantitative Methods (Mathematics) and Quantitative Methods (Statistics), you choose your fourth first year course as an outside option from a wide range taught in other departments.
If you do not have A level Mathematics or equivalent, you will take Statistical Methods for the Social Sciences.
If you take Statistical Methods for the Social Sciences, you must take Basic Quantitative Methods as your fourth course meaning you will not be able to take an outside option in the first year.

(* denotes a 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.

Either
Economics A
Provides a foundation in economics, primarily for those without significant background in the subject.
Or
Economics B
An introductory course in microeconomics and macroeconomics.

Either
Statistical Methods for the Social Sciences
Provides a basic foundation in elementary statistical methods, theory and statistical reasoning.
Or
Quantitative Methods (Mathematics)*
Develops the basic mathematical tools necessary for further study in economics and related disciplines.
And
Quantitative Methods (Statistics)*
Develops elementary statistical tools necessary for further study in management and economics.
Or
Elementary Statistical Theory
Provides a precise treatment of introductory probability theory, statistical ideas, methods and techniques.

Either
Mathematical Methods
An introductory-level course if you wish to use mathematics seriously in social science, or in any other context.
Or
Basic Quantitative Methods
Designed to provide students who do not have A level Mathematics or equivalent with the elementary mathematical tools needed to study economics.
Or
One outside option (or two half-units)

LSE100 (Lent term only)
Beginning in the Lent term, LSE100 is compulsory for all LSE undergraduate students, and introduces you to the fundamental elements of thinking like a social scientist.

Second year

In your second year, you will take two accounting and finance courses, and a further course in economics (either Microeconomic Principles I, Microeconomic Principles II or Macroeconomic Principles) and will select a fourth course from a range of options including Introduction to Econometrics, Organisational Theory and Behaviour and Operational Research Methods, or you can choose another approved course. If you would like to gain exemptions from professional accountancy examinations you will normally need to take Commercial Law as an option. You will also continue to take LSE100, in the Michaelmas term only.

Managerial Accounting
Focuses on planning and control in organisations and operational and strategic decision-making, including an assessment of emerging topics.

Principles of Finance
Examines companies' longer term investment decisions, and the ways in which these may be financed in the financial markets.

Either
Microeconomic Principles I
This is an intermediate course in microeconomic analysis.
Or
Microeconomic Principles II
This course has similar coverage to Microeconomic Principles I but assumes a greater mathematical facility permitting greater depth and additional coverage of some topics.
Or
Macroeconomic Principles
This is an intermediate course in macroeconomic analysis

One option in econometrics, management, commercial law
Or
One approved outside option

LSE100
Continuing on from the Lent term of the previous year, LSE100 is compulsory for all LSE undergraduate students, and introduces you to the fundamental elements of thinking like a social scientist.

Third year

In your third year, you will take Financial Accounting, Analysis and Valuation, and a further course in accounting, choosing between Management Accounting, Financial Management and Organisational Control and Auditing, Governance and Risk Management. You will also take a further finance course, choosing from Corporate Finance, Investments, and Financial Markets and Quantitative Finance. For your fourth course, you will choose another course in accounting and finance, or another course from a wide range offered by other departments.

Financial Accounting, Analysis and Valuation
Will provide an insight into the theory and practice of corporate financial reporting to investors and other interested parties, and the use of accounting information in business analysis and valuation.

Either
Management Accounting, Financial Management and Organisational Control
Covers financial control, organisational structure, performance measurement and incentive systems, budgetary control and financial management in public sector and not-for-profit organisations.
Or
Auditing, Governance and Risk Management
Will teach you the theory and practice of auditing, its role in corporate governance and risk management, and its legal and social environment.

Either
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.
Or
Quantitative Finance
The course covers financial risk analysis and financial risk management and derivatives pricing.

Either
One approved option from courses in accounting, finance, economics, management, business statistics, commercial law
Or
One outside option

 

You can find the most up-to-date list of optional courses in the Programme Regulations section of the current School Calendar.

You must note however that while care has been taken to ensure that this information is up-to-date and correct, a change of circumstances since publication may cause the School to change, suspend or withdraw a course or programme of study, or change the fees that apply to it. The School will always notify the affected parties as early as practicably possible and propose any viable and relevant alternative options. Note that that the School will neither be liable for information that after publication becomes inaccurate or irrelevant, nor for changing, suspending or withdrawing a course or programme of study due to events outside of its control, which includes but is not limited to a lack of demand for a course or programme of study, industrial action, fire, flood or other environmental or physical damage to premises.

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. Any such changes are intended to enhance the student learning experience. You should visit the School’s Calendar, or contact the relevant academic department, for information on the availability and/or content of courses and programmes of study. Certain substantive changes will be listed on the updated undergraduate course and programme information page.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching

You will usually have about 12 to 15 hours of lectures and classes each week, but you will also have to work hard on your own – reading, writing essays or working on class assignments. Hours vary according to courses and you can view indicative details in the Calendar within the Teaching section of each course guide

LSE is internationally recognised for its teaching and research and therefore employs a rich variety of teaching staff with a range of experience and status. Courses may be taught by individual members of faculty, such as lecturers, senior lecturers, readers, associate professors and professors. Many departments now also employ guest teachers and visiting members of staff, LSE teaching fellows and graduate teaching assistants who are usually doctoral research students. You can view indicative details for the teacher responsible for each course in the relevant course guide.

You will have an academic adviser who is a member of staff from the Department of Accounting. Their role is to follow your progress and deal with any concerns you might have. There are many opportunities to extend your learning outside the classroom and complement your academic studies at LSE. LSE LIFE is the School’s centre for academic, personal and professional development. Some of the services on offer include: guidance and hands-on practice of the key skills you will need to do well at LSE: effective reading, academic writing and critical thinking; workshops related to how to adapt to new or difficult situations, including development of skills for leadership, study/work/life balance and preparing for the world of work; and advice and practice on working in study groups and on cross-cultural communication and teamwork.

LSE is committed to enabling all students to achieve their full potential and the School’s Disability and Wellbeing Service provides a free, confidential service to all LSE students and is a first point of contact for all disabled students.

Your timetable

The lecture and seminar timetable is published in mid-August and the full academic timetable (lectures/seminars and undergraduate classes) is published by mid-September and is accessible via the LSE Timetables webpages.

Undergraduate student personal timetables are published in LSE for You (LFY). For personal timetables to appear, students must be registered at LSE, have successfully signed up for courses in LFY and ensured that their course selection does not contain unauthorised clashes.

Every effort is made to minimise changes after publication, once personal timetables have been published any changes are notified via email.

The standard teaching day runs from 09:00-18:00; Monday to Friday. Teaching for undergraduate students will not usually be scheduled after 12:00 on Wednesdays to allow for sports, volunteering and other extra-curricular events. 

Assessment

All taught courses are required to include formative coursework which is unassessed. It is designed to help prepare you for summative assessment which counts towards the course mark and to the degree award. LSE uses a range of formative assessment, such as essays, problem sets, case studies, reports, quizzes, mock exams and many others. Summative assessment is usually assessed by written examinations at the end of each academic year. Some courses also have written examinations in January while others are assessed partly by essays or other work submitted during the year. An indication of the formative coursework and summative assessment for each course can be found in the relevant course guide.

Feedback on coursework is an essential part of the teaching and learning experience at the School. Class teachers must mark formative coursework and return it with feedback to you normally within two weeks of submission (when the work is submitted on time). You will also receive feedback on any summative coursework you are required to submit as part of the assessment for individual courses (except on the final version of submitted dissertations). You will normally receive this feedback before the examination period. 

Find out more about LSE’s teaching and assessment methods

Preliminary reading

The websites of the professional accountancy bodies listed below often contain insightful resources where you can gain a better understanding of the sector and the field of accounting and finance, and about various careers in these or related areas.

Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW)
Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS)
Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)
Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA)

Careers

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.

Further information on graduate destinations for this programme
Further 
information on professional training and exemptions

Anis Abdullah

BSc Accounting and Finance, 2011
Senior Associate, PwC

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The BSc Accounting and Finance is a practical, technical degree which would be useful in any sector or industry.  I joined corporate finance with PwC after graduation and worked primarily for public sector clients in health and transport, with clients such as the Department for Transport and the NHS. I'm involved in advising clients on transactions, policy shaping around the structures and funding for infrastructure projects and considering financial implications of these policies. I am now a chartered accountant and I’m taking on more responsibilities to manage teams in exciting projects. I’m also developing technical knowledge in a sector which is instrumental to the future of the UK economy. LSE's academic approach was rigorous and technical and the lecturers were very knowledgeable - a lot of the theories I learnt during my studies apply regularly to the line of work I'm in.

Support for your career

Many leading organisations give careers presentations at the School during the year, and LSE Careers has a wide range of resources available to assist students in their job search. Find out more about the support available to students through LSE Careers.

Student stories

Clarissa Ching

BSc Accounting and Finance
Klang, Malaysia

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I chose this programme because I was interested in the interplay of financial systems with accounting and economics. I like the breadth of the syllabus and the multidisciplinary approach LSE has brought into accounting and finance. Although we have our fair share of number crunching, we are given the opportunity to choose modules in law, management, psychology, and various other options.

Sommie Ozuzu

BSc Accounting and Finance
Epping, UK

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Studying Accounting and Finance at LSE provides a comprehensive insight into the principles of accounting, finance and economics which can be applied within the working world. I like the fact that the programme isn’t purely theoretical and is updated to reflect the constantly evolving world of business. I also like the fact that my programme allows me the opportunity to take outside options that I wouldn’t necessarily have considered otherwise.

Kailash Karupiah

BSc Accounting and Finance
Malaysia

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Bryan Thor Yen Jun

BSc Accounting and Finance
Malaysia

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Assessing your application

We welcome applications from all suitably qualified prospective students and want to recruit students with the very best academic merit, potential and motivation, irrespective of their background. The programme guidance below should be read alongside our general entrance requirements information.

We carefully consider each application on an individual basis, taking into account all the information presented on the UCAS application form, including your:

- academic achievement (including predicted and achieved grades)
- subject combinations
- personal statement
- teacher’s reference
- educational circumstances

You may also have to provide evidence of your English proficiency, although you do not need to provide this at the time of your application to LSE. See our English language requirements.

What we are looking for in an application for BSc Accounting and Finance

Academic achievement

Successful applicants for this programme are usually predicted a minimum of A A A in their A levels (or 38 and above International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IB) points, with 6 6 6 in higher level subjects). Mathematics A level or IB HL (or equivalent) is desirable but is not essential for this programme. However, if Mathematics is not taken as an A level, applicants must have achieved at least an A grade at GCSE (or equivalent).

In addition, students will also have already achieved a good set of GCSE grades or equivalent across a broad range of subjects, with a minimum of grade B in GSCE English and Mathematics or equivalent.

Competition for places at the School is high. This means that even if you are predicted or if you achieve the grades that meet our usual standard offer, this will not guarantee you an offer of admission. Usual standard offers are intended only as a guide, and in some cases applicants will be asked for grades which differ from this.

We express our standard offers and, where applicable, programme requirements, in terms of A levels and the IB, but we consider applications from students with a range of qualifications including BTECs, Foundation Courses and Access to HE Diplomas as well as a wide range of international qualifications.

Information about accepted international qualifications
Information about other accepted UK qualifications

Subject combinations

We consider the combination of subjects you have taken, as well as the individual scores. We believe a broad mix of traditional academic subjects to be the best preparation for studying at LSE and expect applicants to have at least two full A levels or equivalent in these subjects.

The majority of successful applicants will have taken Mathematics as an A level or equivalent although this is not compulsory. Candidates not offering Mathematics at A level or equivalent must have an A in GCSE Mathematics and should be confident in their mathematical ability. If you do not have A level Mathematics (or equivalent), you will take tailored first-year courses in mathematics and statistics to develop your mathematical skills.

Further Mathematics is seen as a fourth or additional subject: students offering only Mathematics, Further Mathematics and one other subject at A level or equivalent are not normally considered.  

Previous study of Accounting, at GCSE, A level, or equivalent, is not required and is neither advantageous nor disadvantageous. Students offering Accounting should be aware that it is considered a non-preferred A level by LSE and should be offered with two traditional academic subjects at A level or equivalent.

The programme has a significant qualitative component and applications are encouraged from students who have taken essay-based subjects at A level or equivalent.

Personal characteristics, skills and attributes

For this programme, we are looking for students who demonstrate the following skills:

- strong analytical abilities
- high level of numeracy
- ability to evaluate and critically assess complex issues
- ability to communicate complex ideas with clarity
- attention to detail
- intellectual curiosity
- an interest in both accounting and finance 

Personal statement

In addition to demonstrating the above personal characteristics, skills and attributes, your statement should be original, interesting and well-written and should outline your enthusiasm and motivation for the programme.

You should explain whether there are any aspects of particular interest to you, how this relates to your current academic studies and what additional reading or relevant experiences you have had which have led you to apply. We are interested to hear your own thoughts or ideas on the topics you have encountered through your exploration of the subject at school or through other activities. Some suggestions for preliminary reading can be found below, but there is no set list of activities we look for; instead we look for students who have made the most of the opportunities available to them to deepen their knowledge and understanding of their intended programme of study.

You can also mention extra-curricular activities such as sport, the arts or volunteering or any work experience you have undertaken. However, the main focus of an undergraduate degree at LSE is the in-depth academic study of a subject and we expect the majority of your personal statement to be spent discussing your academic interests.

Please also see our general guidance about writing personal statements

Fees and funding

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.

Tuition fees 2017/18

UK/EU* students: £9,250 for the first year (provisional pending final approval by Parliament)
Overseas students £18,408 for the first year

UK/EU undergraduate fees may rise in line with inflation in subsequent years and the overseas fee usually rises by between 2.5 per cent and 4 per cent each year.

*The UK Government confirmed in October 2016 that the fee level listed for EU undergraduate new entrants in 2017/18 will be the same as Home UK for the subsequent years of their undergraduate degree programme.

The amount of tuition fees you will need to pay, and any financial support you are eligible for, will depend on whether you are classified as a home (UK/EU) or overseas student, otherwise known as your fee status. LSE assesses your fee status based on guidelines provided by the Department of Education. 

Further information about fee status classification
Further information about tuition fees

Scholarships, bursaries and loans

The School recognises that the cost of living in London may be higher than in your home town or country. LSE provides generous financial support, in the form of bursaries and scholarships to UK, EU and overseas students. 

In addition, Government support, in the form of loans, is available to UK and some EU students. 

Find out more about tuition fee loans.

Key Information Set

From September 2012, every undergraduate programme of more than one year's duration will have a Key Information Set (KIS). The KIS allows you to compare 17 pieces of information about individual programmes at different higher education institutions.

Please note that programmes offered by different institutions with similar names can vary quite significantly. We recommend researching the programmes you are interested in and taking into account the programme structure, teaching and assessment methods, and support services available.

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