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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.

Read more about the department. 

LSE Teaching Awards 2015

The Department of Accounting winners of this year’s LSE Teaching Awards are Matthew Hall (Highly Commended in the LSESU Teaching Excellence Award for Innovative Teaching), Robert Charnock (Winner of the LSESU Teaching Excellence Award for Professional Mentoring and Personal Development), and Rodney Brown and Nadine De-Gannes (Class Teacher Awards). They will all receive their awards at the TLC Teaching Symposium to be held on 5 May 2015. Congratulations to all four award winners!

REF success for Accounting as part of the Business and Management submission which was ranked first in REF 2014.

Professor Mike Power’s Research Impact Case Study featured among LSE’s REF 2014 Impact submission.


Read a recent interview with Professors Peter Miller and Mike Power on what motivated them to write their article entitled  “Accounting, Organizing and Economizing: Connecting Accounting Research and Organization Theory”, in The Academy of Management Annals (2013).


On 29 November 2014, Professor Wim A Van der Stede gave a keynote at the Shanghai National Accounting Institute on the theme of Management Accounting: Global Experiences and Chinese Practices, particularly addressing management accountants’ roles and responsibilities in sustainable value creation. During his visit, Professor Van der Stede also gave further talks, such as at Xiamen University’s Management Accounting conference.


Professor Alnoor Bhimani in conversation with Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus, 21 November 2014

Professor Bhimani explored the idea of and prospects for businesses which offer a "return of investment" but no "return on investment". Professor Mohammed Yunus is the founder of Grameen Bank and author of Building Social Business. He explained that Grameen bank has established a number of social businesses including joint ventures with commercial firms such as Danone, Intel, Reebok and BASF. The full article and video recording is available here.

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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).

The Perceived Credibility of Forward-Looking Performance Disclosures

Athanasakou, V & Hussainey K (2014), Accounting and Business Research 4(3), 227-259. ISSN 2159-4260


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

Bhimani, A, Gulamhussen, M & Lopes, S (2014), Review of Accounting Studies, 19 (2), 769-804. ISSN 1380-665


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

Bhimani, A and Willcocks, L (2014),  Accounting and Business Research 44( 4), 469–490. ISSN 2159-4260


What Drives the Comparability Effect of Mandatory IFRS Adoption?

Cascino S and Gassen J (2015), Review of Accounting Studies 20 (1): 242-282. ISSN: 1380-665



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

Chahed, Y  (2014), Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies , 21(1), 195 221. ISSN 1080-072


Public Equity and Audit Pricing in the United States

Badertscher, B, Jorgensen, B Katz, S & Kinney, W (2014), Journal of Accounting Research, 52 (2), 303-339. ISSN 0021-8456


Accountability and expertise in public sector risk management: A case study

Palermo, T (2014), Financial Accountability & Management 30(3), 322-34. ISSN 1468-0408

How Do Industry Peers Respond to Control Threats?

Tamayo, A & Servaes, H (2014), Management Science, 60(2), 380-399. ISSN 0025-1909

Have Rating Agencies Become More Conservative? Implications for Capital Structure and Debt Pricing

Baghai, R, Servaes, H & Tamayo, A (2014),  Journal of Finance 69(5), 1961-2005


Earnings Targets and Annual Bonus Incentives

Indjejikian, R, Matejka, M, Merchant, KA & Van der Stede, WA (2014), The Accounting Review 89, 1227-1258

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A manipulationist view of causality in cross-sectional survey research Accounting

Van der Stede, WA (2014), Accounting, Organizations and Society, 39 (7). 567-574. ISSN 0361-3682