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London School of Economics and Political Science, University of London: Accounting (Economics of Accounting)

Institution London School of Economics and Political Science, University of London
Department Accounting
Telephone 020 7955 6613
Study type Research


The Department of Accounting at LSE is one of the leading groups in the world for teaching and research on the economic, institutional and organisational aspects of accounting and financial management. Our PhD programme provides rigorous academic training aimed at preparing students to undertake research of the highest international standards.

You will benefit from a truly international and interdisciplinary environment. You will have access to a wide range of taught courses and research seminars across different departments and research centres within the School. You will work closely with faculty in the Department throughout the programme, and you will interact with leading scholars from other universities thanks to our active external workshop series. All students admitted to the programme are fully funded, and financial assistance is also available for you to present your work at conferences.

You will be expected to complete the programme within five years. In the first two years, you will take a set of core and elective courses in accounting and related fields and complete a research paper. After the second year, you will focus on your PhD thesis.

Our programme is structured in two tracks: The Accounting, Organisations and Institutions (AOI) track, which is devoted to the study of interrelationships between accounting, organisations and institutions, and the Economics of Accounting (EoA) track, which primarily examines accounting and financial reporting issues from an economics perspective. Below you find more information about the EoA track. For information about the AOI track please click here.

The emphasis of the Economics of Accounting (EoA) track is on building a good foundation in theory and research methods in economics, finance, and accounting. In the first two years, students take core courses in microeconomics, econometrics, finance, and accounting, as well as elective courses in related fields.

Research by faculty members in the EoA group covers a wide range of topics, including: the use of financial and non-financial information in internal and external decision making; the role of accounting information in financial and non-financial (e.g., labour) markets; corporate governance; budgeting, performance measurement, and incentive systems; disclosure regulation; the interaction between financial reporting and legal and economic institutions; corporate social responsibility; the role of information intermediaries; financial risk management; auditing.

Master of Research - MRes

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