The degree involves studying courses to the value of 12 units, over three years, plus LSE100. Half of these are in accounting and finance, and half in related disciplines. You will have the opportunity to specialise to a certain degree in various fields within accounting and finance.
In your first year, you will take introductory courses in accounting and finance, economics, mathematics and statistics, as well as LSE100 which is taught in the Lent term only. You may also be able to take an outside option depending on your choice of mathematics and statistics courses.
If you have A level Economics or equivalent, you will take Economics B; otherwise, you will take Economics A.
If you have A level Mathematics or equivalent you will take either the two half-unit courses Quantitative Methods (Mathematics) and Quantitative Methods (Statistics), or Elementary Statistical Theory.
If you take Elementary Statistical Theory, you must take Mathematical Methods as your fourth course.
If you take Quantitative Methods (Mathematics) and Quantitative Methods (Statistics), you choose your fourth first year course as an outside option from a wide range taught in other departments.
If you do not have A level Mathematics or equivalent, you will take Statistical Methods for the Social Sciences.
If you take Statistical Methods for the Social Sciences, you must take Basic Quantitative Methods as your fourth course meaning you will not be able to take an outside option in the first year.
(* denotes a half unit course)
Elements of Accounting and Finance
Will introduce you to the preparation, uses and limitations of accounting information and to some issues in finance and investment.
Provides a foundation in economics, primarily for those without significant background in the subject.
An introductory course in microeconomics and macroeconomics.
Statistical Methods for the Social Sciences
Provides a basic foundation in elementary statistical methods, theory and statistical reasoning.
Quantitative Methods (Mathematics)*
Develops the basic mathematical tools necessary for further study in economics and related disciplines.
Quantitative Methods (Statistics)*
Develops elementary statistical tools necessary for further study in management and economics.
Elementary Statistical Theory
Provides a precise treatment of introductory probability theory, statistical ideas, methods and techniques.
An introductory-level course if you wish to use mathematics seriously in social science, or in any other context.
Basic Quantitative Methods
Designed to provide students who do not have A level Mathematics or equivalent with the elementary mathematical tools needed to study economics.
One outside option (or two half-units)
LSE100 (Lent term only)
Beginning in the Lent term, LSE100 is compulsory for all LSE undergraduate students, and introduces you to the fundamental elements of thinking like a social scientist.
In your second year, you will take two accounting and finance courses, and a further course in economics (either Microeconomic Principles I, Microeconomic Principles II or Macroeconomic Principles) and will select a fourth course from a range of options including Introduction to Econometrics, Organisational Theory and Behaviour and Operational Research Methods, or you can choose another approved course. If you would like to gain exemptions from professional accountancy examinations you will normally need to take Commercial Law as an option. You will also continue to take LSE100, in the Michaelmas term only.
Focuses on planning and control in organisations and operational and strategic decision-making, including an assessment of emerging topics.
Principles of Finance
Examines companies' longer term investment decisions, and the ways in which these may be financed in the financial markets.
Microeconomic Principles I
This is an intermediate course in microeconomic analysis.
Microeconomic Principles II
This course has similar coverage to Microeconomic Principles I but assumes a greater mathematical facility permitting greater depth and additional coverage of some topics.
This is an intermediate course in macroeconomic analysis
One option in econometrics, management, commercial law
One approved outside option
Continuing on from the Lent term of the previous year, LSE100 is compulsory for all LSE undergraduate students, and introduces you to the fundamental elements of thinking like a social scientist.
In your third year, you will take Financial Accounting, Analysis and Valuation, and a further course in accounting, choosing between Management Accounting, Financial Management and Organisational Control and Auditing, Governance and Risk Management. You will also take a further finance course, choosing from Corporate Finance, Investments, and Financial Markets and Quantitative Finance. For your fourth course, you will choose another course in accounting and finance, or another course from a wide range offered by other departments.
Financial Accounting, Analysis and Valuation
Will provide an insight into the theory and practice of corporate financial reporting to investors and other interested parties, and the use of accounting information in business analysis and valuation.
Management Accounting, Financial Management and Organisational Control
Covers financial control, organisational structure, performance measurement and incentive systems, budgetary control and financial management in public sector and not-for-profit organisations.
Auditing, Governance and Risk Management
Will teach you the theory and practice of auditing, its role in corporate governance and risk management, and its legal and social environment.
Corporate Finance, Investments and Financial Markets
The course will cover a broad range of topics, with both a theoretical and an empirical emphasis. These include topics in corporate finance, investments and performance evaluation and international finance.
The course covers financial risk analysis and financial risk management and derivatives pricing.
One approved option from courses in accounting, finance, economics, management, business statistics, commercial law
One outside option
You can find the most up-to-date list of optional courses in the Programme Regulations section of the current School Calendar.
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