BSc (Hons) Accounting & Finance

BSc Accounting & Finance

BSc Accounting & Finance

BSc (Hons) Accounting & Finance

Programme Overview

Developed by the world’s 4th ranked Accounting and Finance department (QS 2020), that of the London School of Economics (LSE), the BSc (Hons) in Accounting and Finance is one of the world’s top programmes for becoming an expert at these disciplines.

Courses in management accounting, financial reporting, international business and auditing will give you a strong understanding of how a firm’s finances work, while those about banking, corporate finance, valuation, mergers and acquisitions and pricing of financial assets such as stocks, bonds and derivatives will expose you in depth to the financial markets.

As a result, upon graduating, you will have a head-start for a career in investment banking, private equity, hedge funds, actuarial science, financial consulting, corporate finance, accounting or auditing. Moreover, you will also be entitled to several exemptions when pursuing professional accounting and finance qualifications like ACCA, CIMA, ICAEW and CPA Australia.

Note: This programme may broadly be considered a substitute for the conventional B.Com. (Hons) programme offered in India, especially for those who are truly keen to gain knowledge of finance. While both programmes share the emphasis on accounting, Bachelor of Commerce, as the name suggests, focuses on Commerce as the other core discipline, with little exposure to finance compared with the Bachelor of Accounting and Finance at ISBF.  

First Year
CourseLSE Course AuthorCourse Information Sheet
Introduction to EconomicsO. Birchall with D. Verry and M. BrayPDF link
Statistics 1 (half course)J.S. AbdeyPDF link
Mathematics 1 (half course)M. AnthonyPDF link
Principles of Banking & FinanceM. Buckle, E. BeccalliPDF link
Principles of AccountingD. LeiwyPDF link
Second Year
CourseLSE Course AuthorCourse Information Sheet
Financial ReportingJ. Haslam and D. ChowPDF link
Management AccountingA. Nayak, M. MongielloPDF link
MicroeconomicsA. DaripaPDF link
Elective – from courses being offered
Third Year
CourseLSE Course AuthorCourse Information Sheet
Auditing & AssuranceR. ChandlerPDF link
Accounting TheoryJ. Haslam, D. Chow and A. NayakPDF link
Asset Pricing and Financial Markets / Financial ManagementR. PaynePDF link
Elective – from courses being offered

Popular electives include Principles of Corporate Finance (PDF Link), Valuation and Securities Analysis (PDF Link) and other Management, Finance and Economics courses offered.

The academic session for this programme will start with two weeks of Foundation Courses in Accounting, Applied Mathematics (basic) and Critical Thinking.

To pursue this programme, you must have studied Mathematics up to Class X. Having studied Accounting in school is an advantage, but not a requirement.

There are no other stream or subject-related eligibility criteria.

You are a good fit for this programme if:

  • You have an interest in Accounting from school that you want to pursue further, or would like to gain deep knowledge of Finance from one of its global authorities
  • You wish to be able to analyse financial statements and ratios of firms
  • You want to pursue professional qualifications in accounting, such as CA, ACCA, ICAEW, CPA Australia or ISCA, or in finance, such as CFA or FRM
  • You aim to work in the Banking, Financial Services and Insurance (BFSI) sector, or in an accounting, auditing or corporate finance role with a non-financial services firm

Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)

Students of BSc (Hons) Accounting and Finance enjoy exemptions for 8 out of the 13 examinations required to qualify as an ACCA. Besides, students can begin attempting the remaining 5 examinations after completing the 1st year of their degree programme at ISBF. This means that they can qualify as an ACCA by the time they graduate, in less than half the time and cost that other graduates typically incur.

ACCA is the global equivalent of the Chartered Accountancy (CA) qualification in India, and is recognised in several top job markets like the UK, Singapore, Dubai, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and most of Europe. ACCA has over 7,200 approved employers around the world and qualified professionals are extremely employable.

To view the exemptions, follow the steps given below:

  1. Go to ACCA Exemptions Calculator
  2. Under Institution name, enter University of London. Under Country/Region, choose United Kingdom
  3. Navigate through the results to find the listing that says UNIVERSITY OF LONDON (UOL), United Kingdom (should be on page 3)
  4. Under Enter your graduation year or last year of study, enter 2021
  5. From the course list that appears, scroll to the first entry – BSC ACCOUNTING AND FINANCE, FULL COURSE COMPLETION
  1. Now click on Show course notes and scroll down to the end of the note to see that the exemption applies to ISBF:
  2. Alternatively, click on the course name to see the list of exemptions

Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)

Students of BSc (Hons) Accounting and Finance enjoy exemptions for 6 subjects from CIMA.

To view the list of exemptions, click here

Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW)

Students of BSc (Hons) Accounting and Finance enjoy exemptions for 5 subjects from ICAEW.

To view the exemptions, follow the steps given below

  1. Go to ICAEW’s Credit for Prior Learning Directory
  2. Under Academic Institutions, type University of London and click on Search
  3. Select the third result – University of London | University of London International Programmes, to see the exemptions available

Postgraduate study

Having received an LSE undergraduate education, you will have a significant edge when applying for Master’s programmes around the world after graduating. You could look to pursue postgraduate study in accounting, finance, banking, investment management, international finance, commerce, management and business administration (MBA), to name some domains.

Professional qualifications

This programme would equip you with a very strong foundation from which to undertake professional qualifications in both accounting and finance. In fact, you will even enjoy several exemptions for many of these qualifications.


Graduates of this programme are sharp, analytical and quantitatively sound, aside from having thorough knowledge of both accounting and finance. This will make you an attractive prospect for employers in many sectors. Given below is an indicative list of career paths that this programme will help you take.

Academia Research

Academia Teaching

Financial Research



Corporate Finance

Business Analyst



Investment Management

Investment Banking

Corporate Banking

Private Equity

Credit Analysis

Financial Planning

Financial Accounting

Management Accounting

Forensic Auditing

Pricing Specialist (Fin-tech)

Risk Management


BSc (Hons) Accounting & Finance, Batch 2020

I feel that this programme offers a realistic view of the accounting standards. It has made my analytical skills stronger and helped me understand financial statements better. It is a perfect combination of subjects if you want to enter, make a career in, the finance industry. The programme offers application-based learning which makes it easier to transition into a real-world work environment.


BSc (Hons) Accounting & Finance, Batch 2020

BSc Accounting & Finance is a very diverse programme as it not only provides the students with knowledge on accounting and finance subjects but also teaches them economics and management-based modules. The faculty is highly experienced and supportive and follow an interactive teaching methodology. I also got an opportunity to attend the LSE Summer School on a full scholarship, which helped me gain more exposure.

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