What are the top accounting universities in the UK?

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What are the top accounting universities in the UK?
The UK has some of the best accountancy courses in the world. (John Foxx/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

The U.K. is famous for universities like Oxford and Cambridge, two of the most prestigious places to study in the world. Every year in the UK the Independent Newspaper publishes a guide to the top universities, both in terms of overall performance and excellence in specific subjects. According to this guide London School of Economics, Warwick and Edinburgh are the best universities in the U.K. for accounting and finance.

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London School of Economics (LSE)

LSE's Department of Accounting offers a range of Bachelor's, Master's and Ph.D. qualifications. At the Bachelor's level accounting is combined with finance and at the Master's level students can choose between an MSc Accounting and Finance, which is intended for those with an accounting-based Bachelor's, or an MSc Accounting, Organisations and Institutions, an inter-disciplinary course for students who want a career in management, consultancy or the public sector and need some financial training. The department also offers a Diploma in Accounting and Finance, a one-year course designed for those who wish to pursue a Master's in accounting but lack the required academic background.

LSE Houghton Street London WC2A 2AE UK Telephone: 011-44-2074-057686 lse.ac.uk

The University of Warwick

The University of Warwick offers accounting courses through its School of Business. According to the school's website the Bachelor's of Science (BSc) in Accounting is "ideal for pursuing a career within accounting and finance, such as joining an accountancy firm, working with the skills of financial analysis and management, or in tax, insurance, investments or banking." The three-year course consists of 20 core modules and eight elective modules, including Investment Management and International Financial Management. At the Master's level the university focuses more on finance with MSc's in Finance and Finance and Economics.

Warwick Business School The University of Warwick Coventry CV4 7AL UK Telephone: 011-44-2476-522998 wbs.ac.uk

The University of Edinburgh

In Scotland all courses are four years long. The University of Edinburgh's School of Business offers two Master's-level courses, in Business Studies and Accounting and in Accounting and Finance. The former is for those who want to go into management and need a financial background; the latter is more specialised, and is meant for people who want to be accountants. The University also offers Ph.D. programs, most of which are funded by the Economic and Social Research Council.

The University of Edinburgh South Bridge Edinburgh EH8 9YL Telephone: 011-44-1316-501000 www.business-school.ed.ac.uk>

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