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Diploma in Accounting and Finance

Course Description

About the Diploma programme

To be eligible to apply for the Diploma programme, you should have obtained at least a good upper second class honours degree from a UK university, or have reached a similar standard with an overseas degree.

The Diploma in Accounting and Finance is a qualification in its own right. It acts as a conversion course for students with little or no background in accounting or finance, such as students with undergraduate degrees in arts, economics, law, business, science, or engineering. It also provides students with some background in accounting and finance the opportunity to extend their knowledge and understanding in areas of special interest within a flexible programme.

Programme details

The programme is deliberately kept small to facilitate the learning experience. The average number of contact hours per week is 12 hours, which includes lectures and seminars. Office hours with teachers and academic advisers are available in addition to this.

For students studying on the Diploma programme there is a clear route towards MSc level study within the Department, subject to satisfactory performance. Those Diploma students who wish to apply for the MSc Accounting and Finance in the following year will not ordinarily be required to submit a GMAT test with their application.

Given the high competition for places on this programme, applicants who indicate an interest in the Diploma in Accounting and Finance specifically as their first choice will maximise their prospect of admission to the programme. Equally, candidates should note the differentiated nature of the graduate programmes in the Department of Accounting, and are advised to identify their first choice accordingly.

Compulsory courses

(* half unit)

Principles of Finance examines the theory of financial decision-making by firms and examines the behaviour of the capital markets in which these decisions are taken or Corporate Finance, Investments and Financial Markets †, which covers topics in corporate finance, investments and performance evaluation and international finance or Quantitative Finance †, which looks at financial risk analysis and financial risk management.

Either Managerial Accounting, which analyses the roles and applications of management accounting practices and concepts in contemporary organisations and enterprises or Financial Accounting, Analysis and Valuation, which addresses the theory and practice of financial reporting or both Management Accounting and Financial Accounting, Decisions and Control*, which provides an introduction to issues of accounting information and cost management, and Financial Accounting, Reporting and Disclosure*, which delivers an introduction to financial accounting, and highlights aspects of reporting that are important to users of financial information.

† By special permission

Students will be expected to choose any courses available from departments around the School to a total of two full units, subject to the approval of the Programme Director and, where applicable, permission from the course leader.

Please note that not every course is available each year and that some courses may only be available with the permission of the course convenor and/or may be subject to space.

Graduate destinations

Our graduates pursue careers across a wide range of sectors, in accounting, corporate finance, equity research, fund management and management consultancy. Companies who have employed recent graduates from the Diploma in Accounting and Finance programme include Barclays Capital, Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein, HSBC, Mazars, Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley, Paypal, Simon-Kucher & Partners and Société Générale. Many leading organisations make careers presentations at the School during the year.

Visit the Diploma in Accounting and Finance page on the London School of Economics and Political Science website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Xiang Gao

Without a doubt, the thing I like most about this programme is its diversity; not only the fact that the students come from all over the world, but also their various educational backgrounds. We have students who have bachelor's degrees in law, fine art, culture studies, economics etc. It makes class discussions more exciting because there is always someone adding a new dimension to the subject matter. Also, a unique character of this programme is that we are provided with a wide range of courses to select from. We can choose both undergraduate and postgraduate courses depending on our personal preference.

The thing I like best about studying at LSE is that I'm provided with access to lectures and speeches given by famous professors, politicians and artists. No doubt the fame of the university itself has also opened up more opportunities for my future. For example, I've been involved in the Finance Society for almost a year and I have been provided with up-to-date information on job offers, CV checks, workshops and a platform for networking.

I chose the programme at LSE because of its top ranking in the subject. I'm also spurred on by the knowledge that I am studying Accounting and Finance in London, the financial centre of the world. After I finish the Diploma, I will continue with a master's degree within the Department of Accounting next year.


Entry Requirements

2:1 degree in any discipline or overseas equivalent in any discipline; English standard level

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