BSc Government and Economics

UCAS code: LL12

Programme requirement: A level Mathematics or International Baccalaureate Diploma Higher level Mathematics is required

Usual standard offer:
A level: grades A A A including Mathematics

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

Other qualifications are considered

For further details see

Applications 2014:

First year students 2014:

This joint honours degree provides a particularly strong combination of study, as the interplay between economics and the process of government is central to political life. The programme offers a range of government course options, including courses on political economy and public choice (the use of the analytical tools of economics in the study of politics).

First year:

(*half unit)

Two from:

Second year:

Third year:

  • One economics option
  • One government option
  • Dissertation or an advanced government option
  • One government, economics or an outside option

† if not already taken

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. 

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Programme details

First year

Your study begins with basic courses in each subject, including a mathematics course (the choice of course depends on your previous knowledge of mathematics: for students without A Level Mathematics, it is strongly recommended that they take a specially designed statistics course in order to bring them up to the required level for further study). 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. You choose either Basic Quantitative Methods which is designed to provide students with the elementary mathematical tools that are needed to study economics, or Quantitative Methods (Mathematics), which develops the basic mathematical tools necessary for further study in economics and related disciplines and Quantitative Methods (Statistics) which offers the elementary statistical tools necessary for further study in management and economics. You choose two from Introduction to Political Science, Introduction to Political Theory or an outside option from a wide range of LSE departments. Introduction to Political Theory offers an introduction to the study of politics and political theory through the thought and texts of some of the most important western political theorists. Introduction to Political Science is an introduction to politics in a globalised world.

Second and third years

In the second year you study Microeconomic Principles I and Macroeconomic Principles, which are intermediate courses in microeconomic and macroeconomic analysis. You then have the choice of Introduction to Political Theory or Introduction to Political Science or a government option. Public Choice and Politics is concerned with positive political economy and public choice theory offered to the study of political conflicts, democratic institutions and public policy.

In the third year you take one economics option and one government option. You then have the choice of an advanced government option or a dissertation. You then take one government, economics or outside option.