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The Department of Accounting

Leaving Pakistan to study overseas for the first time meant my first few months at LSE were quite a challenge. I struggled at first, but benefited immensely from the support available in the Department. The teachers are friendly, helpful and encourage me to work hard. I go to them with 100 problems and they give me 1,000 solutions.

Faraz Ahmad Piracha, BSc Accounting and Finance

Welcome to the Department of Accounting. Here you can meet our students and staff virtually and find out more about the Department and our BSc Accounting and Finance programme. Take your time to browse through the information and follow the links to our Department webpages to really get to know us.

We also have a BSc Accounting and Finance Open Day section on our Department website, so do also take a look at that for further information.

An introduction to Accounting at LSE An introduction to Accounting at LSE
Watch this video for an introduction to studying accounting at LSE

Visit the Department webpages

Watch our Virtual Open Day talk

Watch our BSc Accounting and Finance Virtual Open Day videos to find out more about the programme, teaching and assessment methods and life in the Department.

You can also watch our BSc Accounting and Finance 2020 Virtual Open Day Q&A sessions here and here

Top three reasons why you should study accounting at LSE and a welcome from the Head of Department


  1. Innovative
  2. Stimulating
  3. World-renowned

Welcome from the Head of Department Wim A Van der Stede

The excellence of research and teaching in the Department of Accounting at LSE is globally acknowledged. The Department, known for its tradition of intellectual diversity, has long been at the forefront of research and teaching on the role of accounting in the economy and society. We are committed to creating and disseminating knowledge related to accounting through research, teaching, and various professional and policy contributions. The Department also hosts the inter-disciplinary Centre for the Analysis of Risk and Regulation (CARR), which exemplifies this commitment.

Graduates of the Department’s programmes grasp the potential of accounting in a wide range of settings. Our graduates learn to analyse how accounting is implicated in a multifaceted range of institutional and organisational processes of calculation, reporting and evaluation. They appreciate the interdependencies between accounting and accountability, agency, transparency, sustainability, governance, organisational control, risk, performance management, policy making and change. Our academics explore an equally diverse range of issues in their research drawing on a variety of disciplinary perspectives.

Each year we admit over 400 students on our undergraduate and several graduate programmes. Each year, we also welcome various departmental speakers, academics and practitioners, in a variety of forums, in addition to the numerous and unparalleled public events and lectures hosted by the School. I welcome you, and invite you to share in the experience.

Our programme: BSc Accounting and Finance

The Department of Accounting delivers an education that examines the crucial role accounting and finance plays in societies, economies, institutions and individual behaviours. Our BSc Accounting and Finance programme offers core disciplinary knowledge supplemented with options to cater for individual specialisations, such as risk management, corporate finance or management accounting.

Students take compulsory courses in accounting and finance, economics, mathematics and statistics during the three year degree programme. Our students can also select their own courses from within and outside of the Department. For more information about courses offered by the Department of Accounting, please watch our course videos

For detailed information regarding entry requirements, programme content, preliminary reading and accreditation please visit our BSc Accounting and Finance programme page.

Key facts

  • Academic year 2021/22: September 2021 - June 2022
  • Application deadline: 15 January 2021
  • Duration: Three years full-time
  • Applications/offers/intake 2019: 1,718/266/114
  • Median salary of our UG students 6 months after graduating*: £28,000
  • Top 5 sectors our students work in*: Investment banking, auditing, retail and commercial banking, accounting, central banking

Entry requirements

Here we list our entry requirements in terms of A-levels and the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma. We also accept a wide range of other qualifications from the UK and from overseas, so if you are not studying these qualifications please follow the relevant link. For our GCSE requirements please see the BSc Accounting and Finance programme page.

Please also note that LSE has subject preferences and some programmes may have specific requirements in terms of subjects you are required to take. Please see the programme page for this information.

UCAS code: NN34
A-levels: AAA with A in Mathematics
IB Diploma: 38 points overall. 666 in higher level subjects, including 6 in higher level Mathematics

Taster sessions and talks

*The data was collected through an annual Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey, aggregated over five years (2011-2016). The survey was completed by graduates approximately six months after their graduation ceremony. The median salary is calculated for those whose main activity is working full-time and includes those working outside the UK.

Our research and events

As a Department we are always busy. Explore our research, the events we put on and take a read of our monthly LSE Accounting magazine.

Explore our research

Take a look at our events

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Browse our podcast and blog LSE Act.Count.Think

Read LSE Accounting Magazine

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