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MSc Quantitative Economic History


MSc Quantitative Economic History

MRes Quantitative Economic History

MPhil/PhD Quantitative Economic History”Intellectual Objectives

The programme is especially aimed at those with a strong grounding in undergraduate economics who wish to take the first step towards a PhD in Quantitative Economic History. The courses are designed to increase students’ methodological competencies, and will assist and inform the dissertation work. Applicants should have a first class honours degree, or equivalent, but we will consider a good upper second class degree with exceptional strength in appropriate subject areas.

All students are required to attend the Introductory Course in Mathematics and Statistics for the Economics MSc programme before the main teaching starts in October.

Teaching and Learning

The MSc degree runs over twelve months and consists of one and a half compulsory core courses in economic history and two full-unit compulsory courses in economics, plus an essay in quantitative economic history, counting as a half unit. Unconditional progression to the second part of the programme, the MRes Quantitative Economic History, is contingent upon gaining a Pass overall at MSc level, with at least 50% in the essay.

The MRes Quantitative Economic History is the second stage of the programme and also runs for twelve months, building on the foundations laid with the successful completion of the MSc. Study for the MRes includes substantive economic history courses to the value of two full units, complemented by one full-unit compulsory course in economics and a full-unit 10,000 word research paper in quantitative economic history. You must also provide a research prospectus of approximately 5,000 words, which is not examined, but is subject to approval by a departmental board. To progress unconditionally to the final stage of the programme, you must achieve at least a Merit overall in the MRes, with at least 65% in the research paper.

The PhD Quantitative Economic History is the final stage of the programme and is expected to be completed in 3-4 years. You will be expected to produce a paper-based PhD thesis that is comprised of three publishable research papers.  You will be assigned two supervisors who will oversee the formulation and completion of your research. During this period you will build on the formal training provided through the MRes and develop your research skills and scholarly abilities, in part by attending weekly seminars with other students taking the course. You will also gain professional experience in how to present your work at graduate workshops held regularly in the Department.

Student Profile

Students leave the department equipped for any profession that requires intellectual judgement, the ability to assess evidence and ideas, and good communication skills.

MSc Quantitative Economic History

Students complete and are examined in courses to the value of four full units.

1. EH401 Historical Analysis of Economic Change (H)

2. EH422 Topics in Quantitative Economic History

3. EC411  Microeconomics or EC413 Macroeconomics

4. EC402 Econometrics

5. EH472  Essay in Quantitative Economic History (H)

Award of the MSc Quantitative Economic History

The award and classification of the MSc degree is consistent with the School's scheme for the award of a four-unit Taught Master's Degree. Student are required to achieve a pass mark of 50% in papers 1 (half unit), 2, 3, 4 and 5 (half unit). Where a candidate receives a Fail mark in any course, the penalty rules are set out in http://www.lse.ac.uk/resources/calendar/academicRegulations/taughtMastersDegreesFourUnits.htm (see paragraph 5.2) apply. A Bad Fail (39% or lower) in any course of any unit value will result in an overall Fail for the degree.

Progression from the MSc to the MRes Quantitative Economic History

To progress unconditionally from the MSc to the MRes Quantitative Economic History degree programme, students need to obtain at least a Pass overall in the MSc and at least 50% in the (half unit) Essay in Quantitative Economic History (EH472). Candidates who achieved a Pass overall but received a Fail (but not a Bad Fail) in the (half unit) Essay in Quantitative Economic History (EH472) are permitted to progress to the MRes, but will need to re-submit the EH472 essay and pass with at least 50% in order to be eligible for completion of the MRes.

Progression from the MRes Quantitative Economic History to the PhD

To progress from the MRes to the PhD programme, students need to achieve at least a Merit overall in the MRes and at least 65% in the (full unit) Research Paper in Quantitative Economic History (EH473). In addition, their Research Prospectus (EH474) needs to be approved by the departmental Prospectus Review Committee following a viva.