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speciality: Accounting & Finance

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What is an Accounting & Finance degree?

An Accounting & Finance degree focuses on the management of monetary resources available to an organization. Such a degree is aimed at students who want to pursue careers in investment analysis, management, banking, auditing, consulting and financial management. It teaches students how to assess the assets and liabilities of an organization financially and manage the financial risk of their activity.

Accounting & Finance covers the core areas of financial accounting, management accounting and finance but also includes other aspects of the business activity, such as financial management and control, corporate finance, company accounts, investment and business law. Optional module options provided by different universities around the world often allow students to specialize in a particular area such as auditing, taxation, etc.

Benefits of an Accounting & Finance degree

The completion of an Accounting & Finance degree comes along with numerous benefits. Students develop strong analytical, critical-thinking and problem-solving skills, which are highly demanded by employers in both the private and the public sector and result in graduates often finding employment in large multinational organizations that offer professional services such as PwC, KPMG and Deloitte. On top of that, established companies around the world offer excellent and well-structured graduate schemes, which help Accounting & Finance graduates to kick-start their careers.

Accounting & Finance degrees are mostly practically oriented. They allow students to put the knowledge and skills they acquire on a daily basis to practice through simulated and real-life business accounts management and work placement opportunities.

Most Accounting & Finance degrees are professionally accredited by professional bodies, such as ACCA, AIA, CIMA, ICAEW and CIPFA, which provides students with the opportunity to become chartered accountants. Students gain professional qualifications in accountancy, which eliminates the need for additional certifications after graduation.

Due to the nature of the Accounting & Finance Degree, which complements business-related subjects, students often have the opportunity to complete a joint honours degree.

Accounting & Finance Degree Structure

An Accounting & Finance degree’s duration varies depending on the country and degree level. In some countries, such as the United Kingdom, Bachelor’s degrees in Accounting & Finance can be completed in three years. However, universities also offer students the option to take a sandwich course, which allows them to undertake a year-long placement between their second and third year, which extends the course to four years. Four years is the regular time of completion of this degree in other countries, such as the United States.

The first year of a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting & Finance introduces the core principles of accounting and finance, including financial accounting, management accounting and finance as well as economics and business law. The second year’s focus is usually on managerial and business economics, financial control, corporate finance and company accounts, but optional modules might enable students to pursue their interests in other aspects of Accounting & Finance such as auditing or strategic business analysis. At this point, students studying at Higher Education Institutions in the UK could choose to take an industry placement in order to apply the theoretical concepts and the acquired knowledge to practice in the professional environment. The next stage of this degree is dedicated to further-developing students’ knowledge of financial and management accounting. Optional modules might enable students to specialize in a particular area of their choice such as auditing or taxation in some countries like the UK.

Masters’ degrees in Accounting & Finance usually take between 12 and 18 months to complete depending on the country that students choose for their studies. 

Research-based degrees, such as MPhil and PhD, can take anywhere between 1 and 7 years depending on the country and type of degree. MPhil degrees in Accounting & Finance in the UK usually take 12 months if it is studied full-time and 24 months for part-time studies. PhD degrees in the UK, on the other hand, take about 36 months to complete if studying full-time and 72 months for a part-time program. In the US, students may be required to dedicate between 4 and 7 years on their degree.

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    First term review as a first year student at LSE

    Prior to enrolling into LSE, I understood about the high percentage of international students, in a sense this can be seen as a positive by helping the school increase its diversity as well educating ourselves by meeting students from different cultures and backgrounds. In Academia, I would rate my school very highly since some of my lecturers are leading researchers in their respective fields. Similarly, when it comes to classes I was somewhat surprised to find that majority of the teachers are in fact PhD students, personally, I would prefer a professor when it comes to answering my questions or a better explanation of a certain area. I would greatly like to emphasize the career service of my school since it offers a wide range of workshops such as cv prep or mock interviews when trying to land internships or graduate roles. By using this service has helped me land a volunteering role at a charity in itself. On the other hand, some ways to improve my school is to include more non-alcoholic events such as in pubs or bars. Overall I would rate my first term as inspiring and a great learning curve for my journey at this uni.

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    Programme: Actuarial Science
    Degree: Bachelor's
    Graduation: 2024
    Delivery Type: Blended
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    LSE

    It’s a decent uni but like I hate the student life here. I came to this uni a normal person but now 2 years later I’m getting treatment for depression. Career prospects are good but it’s really hard to make friends. I wish I went to less competitive uni where people were less about themselves.

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    Programme: Actuarial Science
    Degree: Bachelor's
    Graduation: 2021
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    It'll payoff eventually

    A great, diverse university with several budding Financial and Political sphere leaders. Whilst professors are great some teachers struggle to teach effectively as most of them are research students in their Masters/PhD years. School cafeterias have been improving but still lack the quality of catering in other prominent London universities. Accommodations are great. Career services are only useful to a certain extent, never come with the expectation that you’re guaranteed a job if you attend LSE ( especially if you’re not from the UK)

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    Programme: Accounting and Finance
    Degree: Bachelor's
    Graduation: 2021
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    Academic excellence and great cohort

    Excellent academic staff and wonderful guidance all-around to succeed on the course! However, finishing a 9-month MSc course can be very challenging and does not leave room for more development in a career, or have an interactive class!

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    Programme: Accounting and Finance
    Degree: Master's
    Graduation: 2020
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    Campus life

    Campus life is different at LSE compared to a campus university. Living in central London, there is a lot to learn, especially how to hustle and survive busy city life. However, the LSE campus has everything required by a student: a library that meets every student’s requirement, a student service center and a wellbeing center for any issue a student has and a faculty that can solve any academic issue that students are going through.

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    Programme: Accounting and Finance
    Degree: Bachelor's
    Graduation: 2022
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    Understanding The Causes of Things

    LSE is a very great university with many opportunities for personal development especially if you aspire to be a future leader!
    I would definitely recommend LSE for anyone who wants a career in Social Sciences!

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    Programme: Actuarial Science
    Degree: Bachelor's
    Graduation: 2021
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    Social Life and Quality of education

    By the end of my degree, I realised how much the university was overrated. I did get a first-class but I did not enjoy the school. Social life was not what I had wished for. But of course, there is always a price to pay, if you want a good name LSE is a place to be but if you want a good degree and enjoy yourself concurrent consider a different school.

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    Programme: Actuarial Science
    Degree: Bachelor's
    Graduation: 2018
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    Teaching standard

    They don’t teach us well enough. They want us to do independent learning but they don’t explicitly tell us. It took me 2 years to figure this out myself. And I’ve been performing badly because of it.

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    Programme: Actuarial Science
    Degree: Bachelor's
    Graduation: 2020
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    Quality of Education

    Coming to LSE has been a rewarding experience for me. The course structure is designed to challenge one’s analytical skills and thinking. Over and about that it is designed such that each year it is improved or changed to fit the ever growing and changing industry. Specifically for my course, coding and programming have been incorporated into the course to ensure that we are prepared for the work environment after university. I can 100% recommend LSE to everyone who’s looking into a rewarding university experience

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    Degree: Bachelor's
    Graduation: 2020
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    Career-focused, ambitious students

    LSE is a well-known university, famous for its social science courses. I am a third year student at LSE and I have pretty much enjoyed my time there. It is not what I expected when I first joined but the intense competitive culture for job application has made me a motivated and driven person. Students here study hard and play hard. Most people are part of a sport team. Extracurricular activities served as a platform for students to come together and meet each other. The school itself is very international with students from all over the globe. Student halls are within walking distance to the school. The best thing about the school is that it is in central London which means you have the best of London at your foot step!

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