BSc Accounting & Finance

This degree gives you an understanding of accounting and finance, banking and finance that will be useful throughout your career. This means that we do not simply teach accounting or banking techniques and focus on computational skills with the aim of immediate application, but to enable our students to evaluate their usefulness in different contexts. We encourage you to adopt a critical and flexible viewpoint and to look at the subject from a variety of perspectives, including the international dimension.

This degree provides a thorough grounding in accounting and finance within a strong social science framework and an international flavour, developed in consultation with academics and professionals throughout the world. The subject guides provided to support our lectures are written by internationally acknowledged leaders in both academic research and in professional accountancy and the financial markets.

The awarding body for this course is the University of London, and academic direction is provided by London School of Economics and Political Science. You can read more at the University of London website

[+] Benefits of the Degree

  • This degree provides a solid understanding of the different functional areas of a business organization and provides a good foundation for a career and further studies.
  • The emphasis on social science allows you to develop a thorough appreciation of business and management within a wider environment.
  • The degree is designed to develop excellent analytical skills, which are invaluable to the decision-making role of management and for further study.

[+] is this for me

This degree is for you if you:
  • wish to work in the areas of accounting, auditing, banking, business, economics, and management.
  • are currently working would like to develop your professional skills and knowledge further.
  • own a business and wish to progress yourself and your business to higher levels.
  • are qualified in the accountancy field and would now like to take a degree.
  • wish to go on to take professional accountancy qualifications.
  • have not yet decided which exact profession to pursue, but would like a thorough grounding in accounting and finance.

[+] A Message from the Course Director

Welcome to a global programme.

Studying on one of the programmes listed could change your life in many ways. Not only can it improve your career prospects, it can also encourage you to think critically and creatively and increase your understanding of how and why modern societies, institutions and economic systems function in the way they do. LSE's motto is rerum cognoscere causas: to understand the causes of things. You can only find out the causes of things by asking questions-our programmes will help you to think about why things are the way they are. Though extremely rewarding, studying social science is very demanding and requires a major commitment on your part. Many students achieve outstanding results and we are very proud of their success.

Our programmes provide an excellent foundation for a wide variety of careers ranging from accounting, banking and information systems to the media, civil service and journalism. All of the programmes can act as a stepping stone to further study at undergraduate and Masters level.

We hope you enjoy looking through the programmes on offer and we look forward to welcoming you.

Dr. Keith Sharp

Course Director

London School of Economics and Political Science

In an interview with SMI's in-house magazine Aspire, Dr. Sharp commented that "a graduate with a good degree from a trustworthy university is bound to go far in today's world". The full interview is available here.