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Number of graduate students (full-time equivalent)
Taught: 238
Research: 10

Number of faculty (full-time equivalent): 27

 86 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. It provides an outstanding research 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 230 graduate students from over 40 countries and representing a wide range of backgrounds are admitted into our 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 their fields 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, and close association with several research institutions, including the European Accounting Association (EAA) and the American Accounting Association (AAA).

Faculty also 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 and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA); and the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB), to name a few. 

MPhil/PhD Accounting
Visiting Research Students

The Department of Accounting offers a PhD programme that has received recognition from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). This programme offers two tracks which offer comprehensive training in different approaches to research in accounting. Track 1 is devoted to the study of interrelationships between accounting, organisations and institutions. Track 2 primarily examines accounting and financial reporting issues from an Economics perspective. To be considered for admission, you should have a substantial academic background in accounting or a cognate area (for example, sociology and economic history for track 1, or economics and quantitative methods for track 2).

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.

Taught programmes



MPhil/PhD Accounting
Visiting Research Students

Application code: N4ZB (Track 1), N4ZD (Track 2), N4EA (VRS) (check availability)

Start date: 21 September 2017 (Track 2 students are required to begin pre-sessional course in August)

Duration: MPhil/PhD 3 to 4 years (minimum 2), VRS up to 9 months

Entry requirement: Merit in a taught master's degree in relevant discipline

English requirement: Research

GRE/GMAT requirement: None

Fee level: see Tuition fees

Financial support: LSE PhD Studentships (see Financial support), ESRC funding (see Economic and Social Research Council), various scholarships.

Application deadline: 30 June 2017. However please note the funding deadlines: 9 January (LSE PhD Studentships & ESRC) and 26 April 2017 (LSE PhD Studentships). Selection for funding is based on receipt of an application for a place – including all ancillary documents