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MSc Law and Accounting: Introduction

A leading programme delivered at one of the world's top universities.

MSc Law and Accounting programme (not available in 2020/21)

The MSc Law and Accounting programme will not be running in the 20/21 academic year, or for the foreseeable future. Following many very successful years, the programme is being superceded by two other degrees – the MSc Accounting, Organisations and Institutions, and the corporate law specialisms of the LLM – which have become its natural successor and focus for the Departments of Accounting and Law going forward. Prospective students with an interest in the intersection between the fields of Law and Accounting are encouraged to consider the MSc Accounting, Organisations and Institutions or the LLM.

The programme has benefited from a vibrant and successful community of students and alumnae, which both Departments will continue to engage with via dedicated events and our general alumni engagement programme.


The MSc in Law and Accounting at the London School of Economics and Political Science is a leading programme delivered at one of the world's top universities. LSE is unusual in having first class Departments in both Law and Accounting so is well placed to offer this degree. It was the first of its kind in the UK and is unmatched in the international, comparative and interdisciplinary approach that it offers.

The MSc in Law and Accounting offers the highest quality of teaching in small group seminar settings provided by leading international and UK academics. Our teaching combines views and experiences from different disciplinary traditions and jurisdictions. This ensures that what you learn at the LSE is relevant to academic study and practice in any jurisdiction.

The Department of Law at LSE is the UK's number one legal research institution. It is also an exceptionally diverse, dynamic and inspiring place to study. It enjoys a uniquely cosmopolitan student body and plays a major role in the education of lawyers and law teachers from around the world.

The Department of Accounting is one of the leading groups in the world for teaching and research on the economic, institutional and organisational aspects of accounting and financial management. Diversity is key to its competitive advantage locally as well as globally.

Drawing on the resources of both departments the MSc in Law and Accounting is a full/part-time interdisciplinary programme aimed at qualified lawyers, accountants and also other suitably qualified individuals. It comprises four elements: a core compulsory course, a Law course, and one Accounting course (the choice of each depending upon your specialist background), and a further option in a relevant field.

MSc students benefit from being members of a small core group of around thirty students while at the same time participating in the LLM student community and in the postgraduate student community associated with the Accounting Department.


The London School of Economics is a world centre for advanced research and teaching with an outstanding reputation. Its students and academic staff are drawn from over 140 countries and about half the student population is postgraduate, making LSE one of the largest concentrations of students undertaking advanced study in law and the social, political and economic sciences.

The LSE Campus is situated in the heart of London, one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world. Only a short distance from Europe's financial, legal and cultural centres, LSE stands at the crossroads of international debate, a location that is fundamental to our identity as an outward looking institution with an active involvement in UK and world affairs.

Each year the School attracts many influential outside speakers. Regular events and seminars involving politicians, regulators, practitioners and academics take place to complement your studies. Recent speakers have included Bill Clinton, Bill Gates, Kofi Annan, Dalai Lama, Sadiq Khan, Shami Chakrabarti and Judith Butler.