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MSc Accounting, Organisations and Institutions

About the MSc programme

This programme provides the opportunity to study at the interface between accounting, organisations and institutions from a rigorous interdisciplinary social science perspective. The programme does not require a background in accounting, and students with an initial training in the humanities or the social or natural sciences are encouraged to apply. The programme is aimed at those aspiring to careers in accounting, auditing and assurance, financial management, risk management, management consultancy, and regulation, in a variety of for-profit and non-profit organisations globally. The degree also provides preparation for those aspiring to embark on academic research in the field of accounting.

You should ordinarily possess at least a good upper second class honours undergraduate degree from a UK university, or have reached a similar standard in an overseas degree. Given the high competition for places on this programme, applicants who indicate an interest in the MSc Accounting, Organisations and Institutions specifically as their first choice will maximise their prospect of admission to the programme. Thus, candidates should note the differentiated nature of the graduate programmes in the Department of Accounting, and are advised to identify their first choice accordingly.

Programme details

A short, focused, introductory course on accounting practices and techniques will be held at the beginning of the programme. Thereafter, you take examined courses up to a total of four full units. The average number of contact hours per week is 12 hours, which includes lectures and seminars. Office hours with teachers and academic advisers are available in addition to this.

Key features of the programme:

  • Provides a stimulating and intellectually demanding approach to analysing how accounting is implicated in a range of organisational and institutional processes of calculation, reporting and evaluation.
  • Introduces students to the different ways in which accounting shapes organisations and institutions across a range of different contexts.
  • Explores the interface between accounting, risk management systems and accountability.
  • Introduces students to key design issues for accounting and management control systems and their operation and regulation in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors.
  • Provides the opportunity to study accounting and its organisational and institutional significance in one of the world's leading social science institutions.
  • Blends LSE's tradition of developing the highest level of analytical skills with a focus on practice.
  • Is aimed at individuals aspiring to the highest levels of seniority, whether in accounting firms, management consultancies, or government and regulatory institutions.

Compulsory courses 

(* half unit)

Students will be expected to choose additional courses to the value of two full units from a range of options. Students admitted to this MSc cannot retrospectively switch to the MSc Accounting and Finance programme due to differing admission requirements.

Please read the following important information before referring to full details of course options found in the Programme Regulations.

The programme regulations available are for the current academic session and may be subject to change before the beginning of the next academic year. For more information about course availability in the next academic session, please contact the relevant academic department. The School reserves the right at all times to withdraw, suspend or alter particular courses and syllabuses, and to alter the level of fees. Courses are on occasion capped (limited to a maximum number of students) or subject to entry conditions requiring the approval of the course convenor. The School cannot guarantee that places on specific courses will be available.

Graduate destinations

Students who successfully complete the MSc Accounting, Organisations and Institutions programme pursue careers across a wide range of sectors, in financial institutions, accounting firms, management consulting, industry, government and academia. Companies who have employed recent graduates from this programme include Bain & Company, Bank of New York Mellon, Barclays Capital, BlackRock, Credit Agricole, Crowe Horwath, General Electric, JP Morgan, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, PwC, KPMG, Proctor & Gamble, Merrill Lynch, Mondelez, EMI Music, Nordea Bank, Royal Dutch Shell, Schroders and Strategic Asset Partners LLP.



Application code: N4U4 (check availability)

Start date: 24 September 2015

Duration: 10 months full-time only (10 month master's programmes are not compliant with the Bologna process which may affect the extent to which they are 'recognised'. For more information on Bologna please see - Bologna process)

Intake/applications in 2013: 48/519

Minimum entry requirement: 2:1 honours degree or equivalent in any discipline

English requirement: Standard (see English requirements)

GRE/GMAT requirement: None

Fee level: UK/EU £23,976; Overseas £24,456

Financial support: Graduate Support Scheme (see Fees and financial support)

Application deadline: None – rolling admissions