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MSc Law and Accounting

About the MSc programme

This programme draws on the resources of the Department of Law and Department of Accounting and is intended for graduates with an upper second class honours degree in law or accounting or a degree which contains elements of law or accounting. Some management, business and economics degrees may also be accepted.

Programme details

Students take courses to the value of four full units – one full-unit compulsory interdisciplinary course, courses to the value of one full unit each in law and accounting (the choice depending on your specialist background), and one further full-unit option.

Teaching for the compulsory course and law courses will be primarily through seminars. Teaching in the accounting courses will normally be by a combination of lectures and classes or seminars.

The compulsory course is examined by an interdisciplinary long essay and a two-hour examination. The other courses are examined mainly by examination but students should check requirements for individual courses.

Compulsory courses

(* half unit)

  • Corporate Accountability: Topics in Legal and Accounting Regulation acquaints students with the central issues faced by law and accounting in relation to problems of corporate accountability and regulation. It is interdisciplinary in focus, and provides students from varying backgrounds with new perspectives.
  • Either Financial Reporting in Capital Markets (for those with a background in accounting), which is intended to enhance the students' ability to relate economic events to financial statements and disclosures. It also seeks to aid in developing a coordinated set of concepts and principles to serve as a framework for analysing a wide variety of financial reporting issues or Management Accounting, Decisions and Control*, which provides students with an introduction to issues of accounting information and cost management, managerial decision-making and performance measurement and  Financial Accounting, Reporting and Disclosure*, which provides an introduction to financial accounting, and highlights aspects of reporting that are important to users of financial information.

Students will be expected to choose additional courses in law, accounting or related fields 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 Law and Accounting in the Programme Regulations section of the current School Calendar.

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Graduate destinations

Our graduates go on to careers in a number of roles such as: senior associates, in-house counsel, lawyers working for regulators, traders, banking analysts, regulatory accountants, auditors, consultants and forensic accountants.

lse.ac.uk/law; lse.ac.uk/accounting

Application code: MN34 (check availability)

Start date: 22 September 2016

Duration: 12 months full-time, 24 months part-time

Intake/applications in 2014: 30/261

Minimum entry requirement: 2:1 in law, accounting, management, business or economics (see entry requirements)

English requirement: Law (see English requirements)

GRE/GMAT requirement: None

Fee level: £20,736

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

Application deadline: None – rolling admissions. Apply early, however, as places will fill up quickly

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