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Department of Accounting
London School of Economics and Political Science
Houghton Street
London WC2A 2AE


Room OLD 3.20


Tel:  +44 (0)20 7852 3780
Fax: +44 (0)20 7242 3912


General enquiries: accounting@lse.ac.uk|
Undergraduate enquiries: Undergraduate Admissions|
Postgraduate enquiries:  d.richards@lse.ac.uk| or Graduate Admissions|
Website feedback: accounting@lse.ac.uk| 





The Department of Accounting continues to enjoy a reputation as one of the leading groups in the world for teaching and research on the economic, institutional and organisational aspects of accounting and financial management. Maintaining and advancing our leading international reputation for teaching and research is our top priority.

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Ted O'Leary 1950-2014|

It is with great sadness that we have learned of the sudden and premature passing of Ted O’Leary. With this, we have lost a true scholar and a very kind man. Our thoughts are with his wife Catherine, his daughters Susan and Jill, and their partners. To read the full obituary and to submit your tribute please click here|.

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Dr Andrea Mennicken| delivered the opening key note speech at the 35th Congress of the French Accounting Association AFC (Association Francophone de Comptabilité) in Lille on 27 May 2014

In her presentation entitled “Custody, Care and Cost: Accounting between Economy and Morality” Andrea Mennicken discussed the transition from government by law to governance by numbers in the Prison Service of England and Wales. She explored what roles accounting, in particular performance measurement, can play in the organisation and management of value conflict, and raised the question of the extent to which accounting can be called upon as a “moralising” and “democratising” instrument, connecting a multitude of actors and domains, including disparate values and rationalities, such as those of security, decency and economy.

Each year the LSE Teaching and Learning Centre (TLC) awards a prize to those GTAs (graduate teaching assistants) and GTs (guest teachers) who have performed to a very high standard, based on student feedback. This year, Chris Constantinou| and Renuka Fernando| have been both awarded GTA Teaching Prizes for the high standard of their teaching (both on AC100). Renuka has also been awarded a Highly Commended Nominee prize for Sharing Expertise and Knowledge at the LSE Students’ Union Teaching Excellence Awards. They will be given their prizes and  certificates on 27 May at the end of the LSE Teaching Symposium.

Accounting Visiting Professor Wayne Landsman| has been selected to receive the 2014 Outstanding Educator Award by the American Accounting Association (AAA).

Not only that, his study "Cost of Capital and Earnings Transparency” published in Journal of Accounting and Economics (2013) has been selected for the 2014 Best Paper Award by the Financial Accounting and Reporting Section of the AAA.

Both awards will be presented at the2014 AAA Annual Meeting| in Atlanta in August.


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BSc Accounting and Finance|

Our three-year undergraduate degree aims to give students an understanding of accounting and finance that will be useful throughout their careers and to develop critical and analytical skills to evaluate relevant issues in accounting and financial management in organisations.

Diploma in Accounting and Finance|
The Diploma in Accounting and Finance is designed for students with little or no previous knowledge of accounting and finance who wish to study these subjects further, or who wish to undertake postgraduate studies in accounting and finance but lack the depth of knowledge necessary to commence masters level study.
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MSc Accounting, Organisations and Institutions
|Our intention is that this MSc will attract well-trained students from a wide range of disciplines, including those outside the domain of accounting. It is designed for those who wish to understand more about the multiple roles of accounting, whether they wish to become accountants or not. No prior knowledge of accounting is required.
MSc Accounting and Finance|
This degree leads to a Masters of Science in Accounting and Finance. Students typically take four taught courses, with examinations at the end of the academic year.  
MSc Law and Accounting|
This programme draws upon the established strengths of the Department of Law and the Department of Accounting. It provides a unique interdisciplinary approach to the study of legal and accounting regulation, and is aimed at students with a background in law, accounting and related fields.
PhD in Accounting
|The aim of the programme is to train students whose research is of the highest international quality in Accounting broadly conceived. 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).

Earnings Targets and Annual Bonus Incentives|

Indjejikian, R, Matejka, M, Merchant, KA & Van der Stede, WA| (2014), Earnings Targets and Annual Bonus Incentives, The Accounting Review 89, 1227-1258


Translations in Regulatory Space: The arenas of regulatory innovation in accounting standard setting|

Chahed, Y| (2014), Translations in Regulatory Space: The arenas of regulatory innovation in accounting standard setting, Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies, 21(1), 195 221. ISSN 1080-072


Owner Liability and Financial Reporting Information as Predictors of Firm Default in Bank Loans|

Bhimani, A|, Gulamhussen, M and Lopes, S (2014), Owner Liability and Financial Reporting Information as Predictors of Firm Default in Bank Loans, Review of Accounting Studies, 19 (2), 769-804. ISSN 1380-6653


Digitisation, ‘Big Data’ and the Transformation of Accounting Information|

Bhimani, A| and Willcocks, L (2014), Digitisation, ‘Big Data’ and the Transformation of Accounting Information, Accounting and Business Research 44( 4), 469–490. ISSN 2159-4260


Target’s Earnings Quality and Bidders’ Takeover Decisions|

Raman, K, Shivakumar L and Tamayo, A| (2013), Target’s Earnings Quality and Bidders’ Takeover Decisions, Review of Accounting Studies, 18 (4), 1050-1087. ISSN 1380-6653


Common Factors in Default Risk across Countries and Industries|

Pope, P| and Aretz, K (2013), Common Factors in Default Risk across Countries and Industries, European Financial Management, 19(1),108-152. ISSN 1468-036X

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Does Investor Sentiment Affect Earnings Management?|

Simpson, A| (2013), Does Investor Sentiment Affect Earnings Management?, Journal of Business Finance and Accounting, 40(7-8), 869-900. ISSN 0306-686X


'“Too Big to Fail and Too Big to Succeed”: Accounting and Privatisation in the Prison Service of England and Wales|

Mennicken, A| (2013), '“Too Big to Fail and Too Big to Succeed”: Accounting and Privatisation in the Prison Service of England and Wales, Financial Accountability and Management, 29(2), 206-226. ISSN 0267-4424