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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).

Applications are invited from students who have a broad interest in accounting and forms of economic calculation related but not limited to the following research areas:

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

The PhD in Accounting mainly consists of formal coursework in the first year. Further coursework may be taken in the second year, although normally limited to one examined course. Students are required to make a seminar presentation in each year during their programme; are required to attend the Department of Accounting research 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, with appropriate training, without unduly distracting them from their research progress.

Student progress is regularly monitored by the departmental Postgraduate Assessment Review Committee, as well as through normal supervisory mechanisms. Each student has a main and second supervisor.

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 programme-related queries please contact the PhD in Accounting Programme Manager, Rebecca Baker, on r.j.baker@lse.ac.uk| .

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|.

Sources of funding

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