Departmentof AccountingBSc Accountingand Finance
The programmeThe BSc Accounting and Financeprogramme is widely regarded as beingat the forefront of international teachingin its field. It is known for pioneeringinnovative approaches to the studyof the modern practice of financialmanagement for organisations inboth the private and public sector. Theaim of the programme is to give youan understanding of accounting andfinance that will be useful throughoutyour career. It offers a rewarding yetchallenging learning experience that isconsistent with studying in one of theworld’s leading social science institutions.We require students to master sometechniques, and to understand theirpractical application, but we do not offervocational training. We expect studentsto engage with both theory and practice,and to develop a critical understanding ofhow accounting and finance operate in arange of different institutional settings.The BSc Accounting and Finance isan interdepartmental programme,housed in the Department ofAccounting. Faculty from theDepartments of Accounting and ofFinance include many internationallyrenowned leaders in academic research,professional accountancy and financialmarkets. Teachers will encourage youto develop your analytical and criticalskills to enable you to understand thesubject from a variety of perspectives,including the international dimension.Real world insights are reinforced bycase studies, and examples drawn fromthe current corporate, professional andregulatory world.The Department of Accounting stronglysupports the activities of the LSESUAccounting Society, which is a highlyenterprising group of students withinthe School.Degree structureFirst yearThe degree involves studying 12courses over the three years. At leasthalf of these are required to be inaccounting and finance, and in additionthere are compulsory courses in relateddisciplines in the first and second years.You also normally have the opportunityto take one course each year in a subjectof your choice.The first year specialist introductory course,Elements of Accounting and Finance,introduces students to the preparation,uses and limitations of accountinginformation, and to some issues in financeand investment. This course will bringyou into contact with students fromother departments, who can take it as anoption. There is also a course in Economics.Your choice of quantitative methodscourse will depend on your backgroundin mathematics and statistics. You maybe able to choose one of your first yearcourses as an outside option from a widerange taught in other departments insubject areas including anthropology,computing, economic history, geography,law, mathematics, philosophy, politics,psychology and sociology.Teaching and assessmentYou will usually have about 12 to 15hours of lectures and classes each week,but you will also have to work hard onyour own – reading, writing essays orworking on class assignments. You willhave an Academic Adviser who is amember of staff from the Departmentof Accounting. The Adviser’s role is tofollow your progress and deal with anyconcerns you might have.You will usually be assessed by writtenexaminations at the end of each academicyear, many requiring both computationaland essay writing skills. Some courses areassessed partly by essays or other worksubmitted during the year. To progressthrough the degree you will need to passthe appropriate examinations.Professional trainingIf you successfully complete the degreethen, depending on the options youhave taken, you may obtain exemptionsfrom some examinations of certainprofessional accountancy bodies.However, professional syllabuses aresubject to frequent revision and it is notpossible to specify now what exemptionsmay be available when you graduate.Further information can be obtained fromthe Department or from the professionalaccountancy bodies themselves, includingthe Institute of Chartered Accountants inEngland and Wales (ICAEW), the Instituteof Chartered Accountants of Scotland(ICAS), the Association of CharteredCertified Accountants (ACCA), and theChartered Institute of ManagementAccountants (CIMA).If you have not done an A level inMathematics, you will be required to takecourses in mathematics and statistics togive you access to a wider range of optionsin years two and three. This means you willnot be able to take an outside option inyour first year.Second yearIn the second year, you take compulsorycourses in both Accounting and Finance.The accounting course – ManagerialAccounting – focuses on the rolesand applications of managementaccounting in contemporaryorganisations and enterprises. Itconsiders planning, coordination andcontrol of complex organisations andnetworks of organisations, together withemerging topics such as comparativecost management and strategicmanagement. The compulsory financecourse, Principles of Finance, examinesthe theory of financial decision-makingby firms, and examines the behaviourof the capital markets in which thesedecisions are taken. You take a furthercourse in Economics, and will select afourth course from a range of optionsoffered by other LSE departments.
Third yearIn the third year, you again takecompulsory courses in Accounting andFinance. Financial Accounting, Analysisand Valuation addresses the theoryand practice of financial reporting andvaluation. The compulsory financecourse is either Corporate Finance,Investments and Financial Markets, orQuantitative Finance. In addition, youare required to take either ManagementAccounting, Financial Managementand Organisational Control or Auditing,Governance and Risk Management.Your fourth course allows you to extendyour study of accounting and finance, orto choose a subject from a wide rangeoffered by other LSE departments.If you wish to gain exemptions from certainprofessional accountancy examinations,you should consider taking CommercialLaw as an option.The LSE Course: Understandingthe causes of thingsThis innovative new course is aimedat introducing undergraduates to thefundamental elements of thinking as asocial scientist by exploring real problemsand real questions, drawing on a rangeof disciplines across the social sciences.This distinctive course will actively challengeyou to analyse questions of current publicconcern and of intellectual debate from arigorous social science perspective.Focusing on “big” questions – suchas “How should we manage climatechange?”, “Does culture matter?” and“Why are great events so difficult topredict?” – students will explore thedifferent types of evidence, alternativeforms of explanation and differentstrategies for abstraction and modellingthat are used. Students will learnresearch skills, including informationskills and analysis of evidence, andcommunication skills, including bothwriting and presentation skills.The courses†PaperYear OneYear TwoYear Three1Elements of Accounting and FinanceManagerial AccountingFinancial Accounting, Analysisand Valuation2Economics BPrinciples of FinanceManagement Accounting, FinancialManagement and Organisational ControlorAuditing, Governance and RiskManagement3Quantitative Methods (Mathematics)and Quantitative Methods (Statistics)orElementary Statistical TheoryorProbability and Statistics for theSocial Sciences†Microeconomic Principles IorMicroeconomic Principles IIorMacroeconomic PrinciplesCorporate Finance, Investmentsand Financial MarketsorQuantitative Finance4One of the following:†Mathematical MethodsorBasic Quantitative MethodsorAn approved course taught outside theDepartmentOutside optionOption in Accounting not alreadyselected aboveorOption in Finance not alreadyselected aboveorOutside option5The LSE Course: Modules 1-3 (Lent Term)The LSE Course: Modules 4-6(Michaelmas Term)Choices of these courses will depend on your previous level of mathematics.
Teaching staffDepartment of AccountingDr Vasiliki Athanasakou,Assistant Professor of AccountingFinancial reporting practices (earningsmanagement, mandatory/voluntarydisclosure); accounting and marketregulation; and implications for thefinancial markets.Professor Alnoor Bhimani,Professor of ManagementAccountingManagement accounting in the digitaleconomy, international comparativefinancial management; strategy andcost management; the social analysisof accounting and governance systems.Dr Stefano Cascino,Lecturer in AccountingAccounting conservatism; corporategovernance; international accounting;debt markets; disclosure regulation incapital markets; family firms.Dr Yasmine Chahed,Lecturer in AccountingInterdisciplinary work in the areasof financial reporting; managementaccounting; regulation; and corporategovernance; and strategic management.Dr Martin Giraudeau,Lecturer in AccountingAccounts of the future;entrepreneurship and strategy;economic sociology; market devices;emergent market ties; financialinteraction; calculative practices;business history; history of economicthought; anthropology of the future.Dr Matthew Hall,Associate Professor of AccountingManagement accounting, managementcontrol systems and performancemeasurement; behavioural accountingand professional commitmentof accountants.Dr Liisa Kurunmäki,Associate Professor of AccountingAccounting in the New Public Sector,with special reference to healthcare.Professor Richard Macve,Professor of Accounting, EmeritusConceptual framework of financialaccounting and reporting; financialreporting in the insurance industry; thehistorical development of accounting;environmental accounting and reporting;interactions between insurance andenvironmental management.Dr Andrea Mennicken,Associate Professor of Accounting,International accounting and auditing;audit and accounting regulation andharmonisation; accounting, economictransition and social transformation in postSoviet Russia; the sociology of calculativepractices; public sector accounting reforms.Dr Julia Morley,Lecturer in AccountingThe influence of financial economics onfinancial reporting practice; economicvaluation methods for pensions; changingperformance metrics for social enterprises;the role of professionals in the market forsocial investment.Mr Christopher Noke,Associate Professor of Accounting,Departmental TutorHistorical developments of financialreporting; financial accounting.Dr Tommaso Palermo,Lecturer in AccountingManagement control systems andperformance measurement; linkingrisk management to performancemanagement, management accountingand public sector management.Dr Rita Samiolo,Lecturer in AccountingSocial and institutional studies ofaccounting; accounting in the public sector;risk management and regulation.Dr Ana Simpson,Assistant Professor of AccountingVoluntary disclosure – incentives andconsequences; analysts’ forecast efficiency;earnings management.Professor Wim A Van der Stede,CIMA Professor of Accounting andFinancial Management, Head ofDepartment of AccountingManagement control systems:budgeting, performance measurement,and incentive systems; corporategovernance: boards of directors,executive compensation, andinternal controls.Department of FinanceDr Elisabetta Bertero,Lecturer in FinanceSub-sovereign debt; the financial role ofthe state; international finance; budgetconstraint and state-owned firms.Dr Jack Favilukis,Assistant Professor of FinanceConsumption based asset pricing;incomplete markets; heterogeneity andinequality; limited participation andparticipation costs.Professor Christopher Polk,Professor of FinanceAsset pricing; corporate finance; hedgefunds; macroeconomics.Dr Michela Verardo,Associate Professor of FinanceEmpirical asset pricing; investmentanomalies; the information efficiencyof stock markets; the impact of analystforecasts on stock returns; financial andBayesian econometrics.Professor David Webb,Professor of FinanceFinancial economics and insuranceeconomics; economics of information;corporate finance and financial markets.
The applicationThe application processWe are looking for candidates whoshow a positive interest in studyingAccounting and Finance, and who areinterested in developing an analyticaland critical approach to the subject.Applicants for the BSc Accounting andFinance programme require GCSE passat grade A or above in Mathematics,or A level at grade A or above inMathematics (or equivalent). Nospecific subjects are required at A level,but a combination of A level subjectsthat demonstrate both mathematicaland essay writing skills are helpful.Candidates offering A level(s) inthe humanities are encouraged toapply. Those candidates who do nothave an A level in Mathematics (orequivalent) should be prepared todevelop their mathematical skills,and will be provided with supportincluding tailored first year courses inmathematics and statistics. The usualstandard offer is A level grades A A A.For the International Baccalaureate, itis a Diploma with 38 points including766 or 666 at Higher level. Otherqualifications are considered.Applicants for whom English is asecond language, or those whohave not studied to degree level inEnglish, should provide evidenceof their command of the language.For the BSc Accounting and Financeprogramme, this would be a minimumscore of 627 in the TOEFL paper testincluding 5.5 in writing and 50 in TSE,(107 in the internet based test with aminimum of 25 out of 30 in each ofthe four skills), or at least 7.0 in all foursections of the IELTS.All applications for undergraduatedegree study to LSE must be madethrough UCAS (Universities’ andColleges’ Admissions Service). Aftersubmitting your application form,you should allow approximately threemonths from when you submitted yourform to UCAS to hear a final decisionfrom us, although some decisions maytake longer.The School does not normallyinterview applicants.Funding your studiesThe School has a variety of namedscholarships and other forms of supportavailable, administered by the FinancialSupport Office. Applicants can find outmore about these from the FinancialSupport Office website: lse.ac.uk/financialSupportOfficeThe application process forundergraduate programmes ismanaged by Undergraduate Admissionsat LSE. All correspondence relatingto offers and registrations shouldbe directed to the UndergraduateAdmissions Office:Undergraduate AdmissionsLondon School of Economics andPolitical ScienceHoughton StreetLondon WC2A 2AElse.ac.uk/undergraduateAdmissionsTel: 44 (0)20 7955 7125Email: email@example.com
This guide is printed on recycled stock.Other 1.8%Student profilesInternational diversity of both faculty and students is a keyfeature of studying at LSE and in the Department of Accountingwhich offers the BSc Accounting and Finance degree. In additionto an international faculty, the BSc Accounting and Financeprogramme aims to attract students from all around the world.Africa 2.5%North America 2.3%Rest of Europe 9.8%Pie chart showing breakdown by country yet to placeCountryof Origin*CareersStudents graduating from our BSc Accounting and Financeprogramme go on to careers in a wide variety of organisationsincluding accounting and assurance firms, consultancies, financialservices firms, manufacturing and service firms, as well as nonprofit and government organisations.Many leading organisations make careers presentations at theSchool during the year. LSE’s Careers Service has a wide range ofresources available to assist students in their job search.Staff at the Careers Service are available to help students withtheir research into potential employers, completing applicationforms, writing a curriculum vitae (CV) and covering letters.The Careers Service also organises and publicises on-campusrecruitment events held by employers. It has set up a range ofonline resources to provide students with access to careersrelated information and to link students with potential employers.UK 37.9%Asia 45.7%Registrations to Applications: 7.8%* Data for registered BSc Accounting and Finance studentsin years 1-3 in 2013-14The departmentDepartmental facilitiesUseful links for further informationThe Department of Accounting has aStudent Information Centre to serveas a central point for enquiries andfor the distribution of relevant coursematerials, which are also availableelectronically via Moodle.Undergraduate admissions –lse.ac.uk/undergraduateAdmissionsThe Department also provides studyspace for students which includesnetwork points for laptops. Throughthe School’s IT Services, students haveaccess to free IT training for the coresoftware packages they will needduring their studies.For enquiries about admissions criteria,online applications and furtherinformation on studying at LSE.Careers Office – lse.ac.uk/careersFor further details on graduateemployment opportunities, internshipsand vacation work.Financial Support Office – lse.ac.uk/financialSupportOfficeFor information on scholarships andapplying for financial support.Open days – lse.ac.uk/studentRecruitmentFor information on LSE open days (forprospective undergraduate students).Department of Accounting –lse.ac.uk/accountingFor further information on theprogrammes, faculty and activities ofthe Department of Accounting.BSc Accounting and FinanceProgramme ManagerDepartment of AccountingHoughton StreetLondon WC2A 2AETel: 44 (0)20 7955 7737Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgDesign: LSE Design Unit (lse.ac.uk/designunit). Photography: LSE Photographer, Nigel Stead 2013.This information is correct at the time of going to press (June 2013), and may be subject to change.The students
BSc Accounting and Finance Department of Accounting Pie chart showing breakdown by country yet to place *Data for registered BSc Accounting and Finance students in years 1-3 in 2013-14 This guide is printed on recycled stock. The programme The BSc Accounting and Finance programme is widely regarded as being at the forefront of international teaching in its field. It is known for pioneering .
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