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PhD in Accounting

The Department of Accounting offers a PhD programme that has received recognition from the ESRC. 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). Doctoral students become members of an integrated community of researchers, interacting and working with some of the leading academics in accounting.

Students must follow one of two tracks within the PhD Accounting programme:

Track 1 is devoted to the study of interrelationships between accounting, organisations and institutions, including research areas related but not limited to:

  • Management accounting and organisational control, including governance, performance measurement and incentive compensation
  • Auditing, governance and risk management
  • Accounting and public policy, including the study of accounting professions and institutions and their histories

Track 2 primarily examines accounting and financial reporting issues from an economics perspective, including research areas related but not limited to:

  • Financial accounting, reporting and disclosure, including accounting regulation, analysis and valuation
  • Accounting, financial reporting and capital markets

Both tracks follow a similar programme structure with students taking taught courses in their first year with further courses taken in the second year as necessary. Students are required to make a seminar presentation in each year during their programme; are required to attend the Department of Accounting research forums and seminars; and are encouraged to attend any relevant seminars in related areas offered elsewhere in the School. Students are also encouraged to participate at an early stage in appropriate international workshops and colloquia, and are offered the opportunity to gain teaching experience within the Department, with appropriate training.

Each student is assigned a main and second supervisor upon registration. Student progress is regularly monitored by the departmental MPhil/PhD Assessment Review Committee, as well as through normal supervisory mechanisms.

Past PhD graduates have obtained academic positions at Harvard Business School, Saïd Business School (Oxford), King's College, University of North Carolina Chapel-Hill and Warwick Business School among other placements.

The PhD in Accounting is available on a full time basis only. The maximum duration for registration on the programme is normally 4 years.

Applications for a PhD in Accounting can be made online or by mail through LSE's Graduate Admissions Office. Entry to the programme is normally conditional on a candidate having obtained strong marks (typically a high merit or distinction) at masters level or other degree accepted as equivalent in Accounting or a related discipline. More information about the programme can be found in the PhD in Accounting brochure (PDF). For full details of entry requirements please see the Graduate Prospectus.

Visiting Research Students programme in Accounting

In addition to the doctoral programme, the Department offers a Visiting Research Students (VRS) programme in Accounting for doctoral and post doctoral students at other universities. The intention is to allow students pursuing research at other institutions to attend courses and benefit from the expertise of the LSE faculty. To benefit those participating in the programme, intake numbers are kept low. Visiting Research Students will normally visit the LSE for one term, and will be formally registered with the Graduate School. They will have all the usual entitlements accorded to full-time doctoral students. Visiting Research Students, however, are expected to be self-funded.

Applications for the Visiting Research Students programme in Accounting can be made online or by mail through LSE's Graduate Admissions Office. The application procedure is to apply for the MPhil/PhD but to use the application code for visiting status - N4EA - Visiting Research Student in Accounting. For full details of entry requirements please see the Graduate Prospectus.

For all admissions-related queries please contact our Graduate Admissions Manager, Dorothy Richards, on d.richards@lse.ac.uk or LSE's Graduate Admissions Office.

For all programme-related queries please contact the PhD in Accounting Programme Manager, Sandra Ma at s.s.ma@lse.ac.uk

Sources of funding

Information on possible sources of funding can be found on the Financial Support Office website.