This MSc programme has an established reputation for excellence extending over five decades. It provides a comprehensive and rigorous treatment of key areas of accounting and finance. It is appropriate for applicants interested in careers across a wide range of sectors and organisations in the fields of business, consulting and finance, and provides thorough preparation for academic research in accounting or finance.
The programme assumes an academic background in financial reporting, management accounting, finance, economics and quantitative methods prior to entry, and you may need to take one or more courses in these areas to strengthen your background.
Through your course selection, you can emphasise either accounting or finance, or can choose to take a balanced programme. You will also be able to specialise in a designated pathway in finance, international accounting and finance, or accounting and financial management.
Our graduates pursue careers across a wide range of sectors worldwide. Graduates have been employed by the major financial services, accountancy and advisory firms, as well as corporations, think tanks and government and public sector organisations around the world. Each year, some graduates from the programme also become entrepreneurs or join start-ups, while others pursue doctoral studies in accounting at LSE or other leading universities.
Without question, the best part of my experience at LSE has been the people I have met. At any one time, I am sitting at a table with students from Pakistan, France, England, China, Canada, India and many other countries. Working with students from such diverse backgrounds has enriched my experience at LSE and I know that I have made lifelong friends no matter where in the world our careers take us. LSE has challenged me both mentally and socially. Attending lectures by well-known business professionals has enabled me to apply their advice to my own life and learn from their experiences. Being in classes with some of the brightest minds from all over the world motivated and stimulated me and I have accomplished things that, nine months ago, I never knew were possible. I now more clearly understand my specific skills, abilities and interests. The opportunity to read articles written by LSE professors who helped shape accounting standards research and other topical subjects in finance, and the chance to then ask them questions in person, is what makes LSE a unique and stimulating place to study.
The thing that I like most about the MSc is the manner in which the theoretical and practical aspects of any topic are synchronised. The sheer reach of the programme and the calibre of the students continue to impress me. The school's academic reputation, especially in accounting and finance, was a driving force in my choosing LSE. I was also drawn to the core curriculum, and I liked knowing I could walk out in one year having mastered baseline financial skills. Then I discovered its diversity and considered the prospect of going to school with people from all over the world. LSE offers you an atmosphere where you can grow amidst some of the best minds in the world. The prestige associated with brand 'LSE' commands a lot of respect when you venture out into the City and Canary Wharf.
The main reasons for my choosing LSE were the renowned faculty, the excellent market reputation of the school, the high quality of teaching and the international diversity of the student body. Even though the programme was more theoretical than I expected, it offered me a solid background in finance and investments which was my main field of interest. Amongst my colleagues, I also had the chance to meet very interesting and remarkable personalities from all over the world. LSE for me is about never getting bored. Meeting different people, deadlines for essays, assignments, team projects, school trips, parties; you are always occupied with something. All these are perfectly combined with the extracurricular possibilities that London offers. LSE has helped me acquire a different perspective of the world and made me realise what I really want to do for the rest of my life.
2:1 degree in Accounting and Finance or related subject or overseas equivalent; GMAT score required for students without a UK undergraduate degree and recommended for all students with UK undergraduate degrees, particularly those whose quantitative skills are not demonstrated by their undergraduate studies; English standard level
27 September 2016
Recipient: London School of Economics and Political Science
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