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Diploma in Accounting and Finance

This is a one-year course leading to the Diploma in Accounting and Finance. Students typically take four courses, with examinations at the end of the academic year.   

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.

For a more detailed description of this programme, please refer to the Diploma in Accounting and Finance page in the Graduate Prospectus. You can also download a PDF file of the Diploma in Accounting and Finance brochure.


  • Stand-alone postgraduate programme for students with little or no previous background in accounting or finance
  • Providing a solid training and foundation in accounting and finance including mathematical skills for more advanced elective courses in accounting and finance at masters level
  • Conversion programme for students interested in pursuing further study at masters level
  • Flexible programme allowing students to specialise in accounting and finance, but also select from a wide range of courses available throughout the School


About a third of Diploma graduates go on to further study at masters level; a third go on to work in investment banking, and the final third elect to work in consulting. See the graduate destinations page for further information.

Entry Requirements


2:1 degree or equivalent in any discipline, or equivalent.

There is no GMAT or GRE requirement for application to the Diploma programme.

Given the high competition for places on this programme, applicants who indicate an interest in the Diploma in Accounting and Finance specifically as their first choice will maximise their prospect of admission to the programme. Equally, candidates should note the differentiated nature of the graduate programmes in the Department of Accounting, and are advised to identify their first choice accordingly. 


Student Profile

The Diploma programme is generally kept quite small, accepting on average 25 students per year.

Over the past 5 years, we have had students from more than 27 countries, with the majority coming from China, France, India, Russia, the UK and the USA.

Students come from a variety of academic disciplines, including Chemistry, Computer Science, Economics, Engineering, History, Law, Management, Modern Languages, and Psychology.

For further information contact our Graduate Admissions Manager Dorothy Richards, d.richards@lse.ac.uk .


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