The degree involves studying courses to the value of 12 units, over three years, plus LSE100. Half of these are in accounting and finance, and half in related disciplines. You will have the opportunity to specialise to a certain degree in various fields within accounting and finance.
In your first year, you will take introductory courses in accounting and finance, economics, mathematics and statistics, as well as LSE100 which is taught in the Lent term only. You may also be able to take an outside option depending on your choice of mathematics and statistics courses. If you have A level Economics or equivalent, you will take Economics B; otherwise, you will take Economics A.
(* indicates half-unit course)
Elements of Accounting and Finance
Will introduce you to the preparation, uses and limitations of accounting information and to some issues in finance and investment.
Provides a foundation in economics, primarily for those without significant background in the subject.
An introductory course in microeconomics and macroeconomics.
Route A: for students without A level Mathematics, or equivalent
Statistical Methods for the Social Sciences
A basic foundation in elementary statistical methods, theory and statistical reasoning.
Basic Quantitative Methods
Provides students with the elementary mathematical tools that are needed to study Economics.
Route B: for students with A level Mathematics, or equivalent
Quantitative Methods (Mathematics)*
Develops the basic mathematical tools necessary for further study in economics and related disciplines.
Quantitative Methods (Statistics)*
Develops elementary statistical tools necessary for further study in management and economics.
Optional courses to the value of one unit
Elementary Statistical Theory
Provides a precise treatment of introductory probability theory, statistical ideas, methods and techniques.
An introductory-level course if you wish to use mathematics seriously in social science, or in any other context.
Beginning in the Lent term, LSE100 is compulsory for all LSE undergraduate students, and introduces you to the fundamental elements of thinking like a social scientist.
In your second year, you will take an accounting course and a Principles of Finance course, depending on your quantitative background. You will take either Microeconomic Principles I or Macroeconomic Principles and will select a fourth course from a range of options. You will also continue to take LSE100, in the Michaelmas term only.
Accounting Theory and Practice
Provides an in-depth knowledge and understanding in accounting theories and practices underlying major accounting issues.
Principles of Finance
Examines companies' longer term investment decisions, and the ways in which these may be financed in the financial markets.
Principles of Finance II
A more quantitative course examining companies' longer term investment decisions, and the ways in which these may be financed in the financial markets.
Microeconomic Principles I
This is an intermediate course in microeconomic analysis.
This is an intermediate course in macroeconomic analysis.
Outside options to the value of one unit
Continuing on from the Lent term of the previous year, LSE100 is compulsory for all LSE undergraduate students, and introduces you to the fundamental elements of thinking like a social scientist.
In your third year, you will take one compulsory accounting course, one compulsory finance course and will choose between two further accounting courses. You will take an outside option to the value of one unit from an approved list, and choose two accounting courses from a choice of five.
Contemporary Issues in Financial Reporting*
Considers the impact of political, technological, social, and ethical influences on corporate financial reporting and accounting regulation, in both national and international contexts.
Financial Management and Organisational Control*
Considers both the decision-facilitating and decision-influencing roles of management accounting.
Auditing, Risk Management and Governance*
Introduces core concepts and practices of auditing, and provides a critical analysis of auditing practices and their role in organisational governance.
Corporate Finance, Investments and Financial Markets
The course will cover a broad range of topics, with both a theoretical and an empirical emphasis. These include topics in corporate finance, investments and performance evaluation and international finance.
Two courses from a range of accounting options, to a total value one unit
Outside options to the value of one unit
You can find the most up-to-date list of optional courses in the Programme Regulations section of the current School Calendar.
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