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.

The programme is designed for students interested in a career in business, consulting or government. It also provides a thorough preparation for academic research in accounting or finance.

The MSc assumes an academic background in the following subjects prior to entry to the programme: financial reporting, management accounting, finance, economics and quantitative methods. Admission to the programme may be conditional upon taking one or more courses in these areas to strengthen your background. This may be a course undertaken at the LSE Summer School or an approved distance learning or web-based equivalent.

Given the high competition for places on this programme, applicants who indicate an interest in the MSc 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.

You may emphasise either accounting or finance in your choice of courses, or may opt for a more balanced programme. Through course selection you will be able to specialise in one of the following areas:

  • Accounting and financial management
  • International accounting and finance
  • Finance

Given the high level of academic performance expected from students, a significant amount of independent study and preparation is required for successful completion of the programme.

Students admitted to this MSc cannot retrospectively switch to the MSc Accounting, Organisations and Institutions programme due to differing admission requirements.


  • Full-time: one academic year (or one calendar year if an option examined in September is chosen)
  • Part-time: at least two academic years (or two calendar years if an option examined in September is chosen)

Entry Requirements

2:1 degree in accounting and finance or related subject, or equivalent.

More information about this degree can be found in the MSc Accounting and Finance programme brochure (PDF) or on the MSc Accounting and Finance page in the Graduate Prospectus.

For further information contact our Graduate Admissions Manager, Dorothy Richards,