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BSc Economic History Programmes

Using concepts and theories from the Social Sciences as the starting point for studying the development of real economies and understanding them in their social, political and cultural contexts

As economic historians we are always concerned with how we can account for changes in the circumstances under which humans live and lived in the past
BSc Economic History programmes at LSE BSc Economic History programmes at LSE

As a discipline Economic History combines the skills of the economist, historian, statistician and sociologist. Typical issues are: economic globalisation in a historical perspective, the effect of business organisation on economic performance, the economic and social effects of wars, the importance of education and human capital in economic change, change in social behaviour in the past, the history of economic development in the third world, and the causes of population change and migration.

Our students gain a range of research skills including numeracy, the ability to evaluate and analyse data, and to present an argument orally or on paper. These skills are highly valued by most employers.

All degrees involve studying twelve courses over the three years. Within the degrees students may choose between 'economic' courses, 'quantitative' and 'non-quantitative' courses, as well as from a range of geographical areas and time periods. For a more structured degree with less choice students should consider one of the joint degrees. 

Our range of programmes now includes BSc Economic History and Geography launching in 2018. 

BSc Economic History

 Students take core courses in economic history and economics, plus one option from any of the first year courses made available by other departments. In the second year you take one compulsory course, Theories and Evidence in Economic History, plus three courses, at least two of which have to be in economic history. In the third year, you choose three courses in economic history and submit a 10,000 word project. 

To find out more about the programme, including programme structure and courses read the 2019 BSc  Economic History programme guide. 

 

BSc Economic History with Economics

In this programme economics is a minor subject. You would take two economic history courses and an option from another subject area at LSE, with only one economic principles course. In the third year, you would only need to take one further economic principles course.

To find out more about the programme, including programme structure and courses read the 2019 BSc  Economic History with Economics programme guide. 

BSc Economics and Economic History

 This joint degree is an alternative way of studying economics. It will appeal if you want training in the application of economic theory and quantitative methods to real problems. 

To find out more about the programme, including programme structure and courses read the 2019 BSc Economics and Economic History programme guide. 

BSc Economic History and Geography

This programme combines the two complementary fields of Economic History and Geography, with around half the programme in each field. You will consider important global questions such as how economic change in the past and up to the present has been shaped by geography and how processes in the past affect the economics and social geography of modern societies.

To find out more about the programme, including programme structure and courses read the 2019 BSc  Economic History and Geography programme guide.