Departmental website: lse.ac.uk/accounting
Number of graduate students (full-time equivalent)
Number of faculty (full-time equivalent): 25
RAE: 70 per cent of the Department's research was rated as world leading or internationally excellent
Location: Old Building
About the Department
The Department of Accounting is widely recognised for its excellence in accounting and financial management research and teaching, as well as its leading role in public policy issues. In the 2001 review of university research by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), the Department was awarded 5* – the highest possible rating and one of only two departments in its category to receive this award. The Department was similarly successful in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, on this occasion as part of the 'Business and Management Studies' Unit of Assessment.
The Department of Accounting provides an outstanding interdisciplinary environment based on a mix of departmental activities, close links with other departments, as well as strong connections with research centres, such as the Centre for the Analysis of Risk and Regulation (CARR). Each year, over 270 graduate students from over 40 countries and representing a wide range of backgrounds are admitted into its taught graduate programmes. Our research seminars and workshops, visitors and visiting research students, together with our links with professional and practitioner communities ensure that our faculty continue to work at the cutting edge of new developments and that their output is widely disseminated.
Our faculty contribute to knowledge and debate in the academic, professional and public domains. We have close links with the major accounting journals through either editor or referee roles. Faculty also have close associations with several research and professional institutions, including the European Institute for Advanced Studies in Management (EIASM), the European Accounting Association (EAA) and the American Accounting Association (AAA).
Faculty have strong links with a range of professional and regulatory bodies, such as the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA); the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW); the Institute of Actuaries; and the International Accounting Standards Board, just to name some.
Opportunities for research
You should have a substantial academic background in accounting, typically a merit at master's level, although we are able to consider students with a more general graduate training in the social sciences. Strong performance in the Department's or School's own MSc programmes can meet the entrance requirements.
The PhD in Accounting is a formally structured programme that has received research training recognition from the ESRC. The programme aims to produce students whose research is of the highest standard and is designed to provide a comprehensive training in the chosen approach to research in accounting.
The student's individual programme of study is designed in collaboration with the supervisor to reflect the specific needs of the student. In the first year, students normally attend the main research seminar in accounting, in addition to a maximum of three taught graduate courses in areas related to their field of research. The aim is to both broaden and deepen students' understanding of their area. Some further coursework may be taken in the second year.
We encourage research students to participate fully in the intellectual life of the Department. Students are required to make a seminar presentation each year, and to attend the Department's Accounting Research Forums which provide exposure to the work of leading academics worldwide. Students are also encouraged to attend any relevant seminars in related areas elsewhere in the School as appropriate, including lectures by policy makers and practitioners.
The Department of Accounting covers a wide range of areas and approaches to research in accounting. Prospective students should get a sense of this diversity from perusing the faculty profiles available on the Department's website and see who is closest to their own research interests.