BSc Economics

UCAS code: L101

Programme requirement:
 A level Mathematics is required. Further Mathematics at A or AS level is a valuable indicator of potential for our highly quantitative degrees. However in Economics at LSE we expect it as a fourth subject only, and also welcome applicants with an essay-based A level such as History

A level Economics or equivalent is not currently required for any of our Department degrees and the first-year Economics course does not assume it at present. However more than 90 per cent of students entering LSE Economics Department degrees have done A level, Singapore Higher or International Baccalaureate Economics. The new syllabi beginning in 2015 for A level Economics, offered by various boards in consultation with university departments, can be particularly recommended as valuable. Note however that where a school only offers combined Economics and Business A level or no Economics at all, LSE will never discriminate against its candidates for our degrees 

No other specific subjects are required at A level, but we prefer traditional academic subjects to subjects such as Communication Studies, Accounting, Business Studies or Media Studies

Usual standard offer: For students taking three A levels: grades A* A A with an A* in Mathematics. For students taking four or more A levels: grades A*A A plus a pass in a fourth A level, with an A* in Mathematics. Students taking Further Mathematics to AS level only will be required to achieve grade A

International Baccalaureate: Diploma with 38 points including 7 6 6 at Higher level (with 7 in Mathematics)

Other qualifications are considered

For further details see

Applications 2014:

First year students 2014:

First year:

Second year:

Third year:

  • Four options from economics or closely related subjects.

Please note that not every course is available each year and that some courses may only be available with the permission of the course convenor and/or may be subject to space.

You can find the most up-to-date list of optional courses in the Programme Regulations section of the current School Calendar.

You must note however that while care has been taken to ensure that this information is up to date and correct, some circumstances may cause the School to subsequently change, suspend or withdraw a course or programme of study, or change the fees that apply to it. The School will neither be liable for information that after publication becomes inaccurate or irrelevant, nor for changing, suspending or withdrawing a course or programme of study due to circumstances outside of its control. You must also note that places are limited on some courses and/or subject to specific entry requirements. The School cannot therefore guarantee places on its courses. You should visit the School’s Calendar, or contact the relevant academic department, for information on the availability and/or content of courses and programmes of study. Certain substantive changes will be listed on the updated undergraduate course and programme information page.

Programme details

First year

In the first year you will take compulsory introductory courses in economics, mathematics and statistics. This is the foundation upon which the rest of your studies will be based. You have the choice of either Economics A or Economics B. Economics A provides a foundation in economics, primarily to those without significant background in the subject. Economics B is an introductory course in microeconomics and macroeconomics. Mathematical Methods is an introductory-level course for those who wish to use mathematics seriously in social science, or in any other context. Elementary Statistical Theory provides a precise and accurate treatment of introductory probability theory, statistical ideas, methods and techniques. A fourth course is chosen from a wide range of options offered by other LSE departments.

Second and third years

The second year consists of Microeconomic and Macroeconomic Principles, courses in microeconomic and macroeconomic analysis. You have the choice of Introduction to Econometrics, which aims to present the theory and practice of empirical research in economics or Principles of Econometrics, which offers an intermediate-level introduction to the theory and practice of econometrics. You also choose one outside option from a range offered by other LSE departments.

In the third year we offer specialist options in all the main fields of economic enquiry and students may choose their courses according to their interests. One of these courses could be from a selected list of relevant courses offered outside of the Department.