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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 possess at least an upper second class honours undergraduate degree from a UK university, or the international equivalent. Given the high competition for places on this programme, applicants who indicate an interest in this programme 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, and are advised to identify their first choice accordingly. Students admitted to this MSc cannot retrospectively switch to the MSc Accounting and Finance programme due to differing admission requirements.

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
  • 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.

You can find the most up-to-date list of optional courses for MSc Accounting, Organisations and Institutions in the Programme Regulations section of the current School Calendar.

You must note however that while care has been taken to ensure that this information is up to date and correct, some circumstances may cause the School to subsequently change, suspend or withdraw a course or programme of study, or change the fees that apply to it. The School will neither be liable for information that after publication becomes inaccurate or irrelevant, nor for changing, suspending or withdrawing a course or programme of study due to circumstances outside of its control. You must also note that places are limited on some courses and/or subject to specific entry requirements. The School cannot therefore guarantee places on its courses. You should visit the School's Calendar, or contact the relevant academic department, for information on the availability and/or content of courses and programmes of study. Certain substantive changes will be listed on the Updated graduate course and programme information page.

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, Crédit 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: 22 September 2016

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 2014: 46/610

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 £24,936; Overseas £25,440

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

Application deadline: None – rolling admissions