London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)

London School of Economics and Political Science

LSE is a world-leading university specialising in School of Economics and Political Science: home to an inspirational international community, ranked 2nd in the world for Management and Social Sciences in the 2020 QS World University subject rankings. The EMFSS programmes are all University of London qualifications. LSE is a member institution of the University of London and provides the academic direction for the EMFSS programmes.

London School of Economics and Political Science is committed that the Economics, Management, Finance and Social Sciences (EMFSS) programmes will give students the ability to lead in solving problems of contemporary global relevance. Students will graduate with additional knowledge, skills and ways of thinking about the world that will translate to further study at undergraduate or master’s level, or to the workplace. EMFSS students go onto careers in a wide variety of fields, from accounting, banking and information systems, to the media, civil service and journalism.


You study 12 courses to earn the BSc degree.

Programme Duration : Minimum 3 years

Academic Direction: London School of Economics and Political Science

Key Dates:
Admissions Open : February - August
Session start date: August - September
Final Examinations: May – June

Degrees Offered

BSc Accounting and Finance

The structure of the programme allows you to choose optional courses in related areas which complement the core courses to give well-rounded coverage of the major issues and areas of modern financial and accounting theory and practice.

Fast track to professional accreditation:

Graduates of the BSc Accounting and Finance and BSc Banking and Finance degrees who wish to continue to professional accreditation may be able to get exemptions for certain modules from five professional bodies. This means you can gain your professional accreditation more quickly.

London School of Economics and Political Science | BIC


(Exemption of Knowledge Level and skill Level papers – 9 papers exemption in total)


Professional Level Exemption (6 paper exemptions out of 14 after BSc Accounting & Finance and further 6 exemptions after completion of ACCA. A total of 12 exemptions out of 14 after successful completion of BSc Accounting & Finance + ACCA )

The exemption will be granted depending upon the options chosen and grades achieved. Details can be found on their websites

You study 12 courses over a course of three years to earn the BSc Accounting and Finance degree.

  • Introduction to economics [EC1002]
  • Statistics 1 [ST104A] (half course) and Mathematics 1 [MT105A] (half course)
  • Principles of banking and finance [FN1024]
  • Principles of accounting [AC1025]

  • Microeconomics [EC2066]
  • Financial reporting [AC2091]
  • Management accounting [AC2097]
  • Financial management [AC3059] or Asset pricing and financial markets [FN2190]

  • Auditing and assurance [AC3093]
  • Accounting theory [AC3193]
  • One 200 or 300 course (or two half courses) from any Selection group
  • Ne 100, 200 or 300 course (or two half courses) from any Selection group

Career Opportunities

Studying degree of Accounting and Finance programmes gives you the breadth of understanding and the quantitative skills you need to launch into the accounting or finance industry. Take your career in any number of directions, including accountancy, consulting, risk management, investment and commercial banking, sales and trading, or investment analysis and management.

BSc Politics and International Relations

The degree provides a high quality and academically challenging education in politics and international relations to able students from a wide range of countries and background and help students to place politics and international relations in the wider context of the social sciences enable students intending to pursue higher degrees to develop the necessary analytical and theoretical sophistication, and breadth and depth of understanding, within their field of study. The degree provides a framework for understanding the Foreign policy analysis, globalisation of economies, development and human rights, which are recognised to be of increasing importance in the 21st century.

  • 1 Introduction to international relations [IR1011]
  • 2 Introduction to modern political thought [PS1130] or Introduction to political science [PS1172]
  • 3 One course (or two half courses) from Selection group F1
  • 4 One course (or two half courses) from Selection group F1

  • 5 Comparative politics [PS2082]
  • 6 International political theory [IR2083]
  • 7 Nationalism and international relations IR2084
  • 8 Democracy and democratisation [PS3086]

  • 9,10 Two 300 courses from Selection groups E, IR or P
  • 11 One course from Selection groups E, IR or P
  • 12 One 100, 200 or 300 course (or two half courses) from any Selection group

Career Opportunities

BSc Politics & International relations enable students to go directly into a wide range of careers (e.g. leading International NGOs, Development sector, Public offices, think-tanks as political risk analyst, policy and communication specialist, diplomats etc. ) to become articulate, clear thinking individuals, who are able to analyse complex bodies of material.

BSc International Development

The field of International Development is the attempt to understand and to shape processes of social and economic change in order to reduce poverty and to create a better life for poorer people, and the countries where they live. It combines social-science approaches from disciplines such as economics, politics, sociology and demography. It also requires an understanding of global processes of economics and politics as well as more local, national, and sub-national processes.

  • 1 Introduction to international development [DV1171]
  • 2,3,4 Three courses chosen from:
  • Introduction to economics [EC1002]
  • Introduction to international relations IR1011
  • Contemporary sociology in a global age [SC1179]
  • Statistics 1 [ST104A] (half course) and
  • Mathematics 1 [MT105A] (half course)
  • Business and management in a global context [MN1178]

  • 5 Development management [DV3165]
  • 6 Poverty and development [DV2192]
  • 7,8 Two courses chosen from:
  • Macroeconomics [EC2065]
  • Microeconomics [EC2066]
  • Security in international relations [IR3140]
  • International political economy IR3026]
  • International organisations IR2085

    9,10 Two courses chosen from:
  • Economics of development [EC3044]
  • Complex emergencies and humanitarian responses [DV3162]
  • Global environmental problems and politics [DV3166]
  • 11 One 300 course from Selection groups D, E, IR or P
  • 12 One 100, 200 or 300 course (or two half courses) from any Selection group

Career Opportunities

A degree in International Development Studies will allow you to study the complex social issues and developmental challenges facing many contemporary nation states. You will delve into the heart of the theory of development studies as well as the practical and pragmatic approaches of development taken by various world organizations, groups and governments. This BSc will help you to question and analyse information, develop arguments, and boost your analytical and communication skills – all of which is valued in management-related roles. This degree will help to prepare you for careers in areas of development, research, management and consultancy. You can choose to work as Policy Researcher, Population Studies Analyst, Public Affairs Consultant, Public Policy Analyst, Health Policy Planner, Historical Researcher, Human Rights Advocate, Immigration Officer, Institutional Researcher etc.

Each course of the EMFSS programme is assessed by one three-hour unseen written examination.

The written examinations take place on one occasion each year, normally commencing in May. These are held at established Examination centers worldwide.

  • Age 17+ by 30 November in the year of registration.
  • A’ Level / IBDP (Minimum 2 complete A Levels)
  • A pass in Mathematics at grade ‘C’ or above at GCSE/GCE ‘O’ level or equivalent
  • A pass in English at grade ‘C’ or above at GCSE/GCE ‘O’ level or equivalent. Or a test of proficiency may be required.
Each application will be considered on an individual basis, and the decision will be taken at the discretion of the University of London.

After doing EMFSS BSc Honors from London School of Economics and Political Science, University of London, gains you a level 6 qualification. This means the student can progress to various academic programmes, including*;

  • MSc - In Various Specializations (Accounting, Finance, Banking & IR
  • MBA
  • MPhil - In Various Specializations (Accounting, Finance, Management)
  • Postgraduate Diplomas
Students can also follow onto Professional Certification, such as;
  • Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP)
  • ACCA
*The list is not exhaustive and only for illustration purpose