How to Apply - MSc Admissions

Applications are processed through the Graduate Admissions Office. All applicants are advised to read the 2015 Graduate Prospectus| (for entry in 2015) at the Graduate Admissions| pages.

Entry Requirements:

For Entry in 2015

Entry requirements are outlined in the relevant Graduate Prospectus at the Graduate Study| pages both in the general Entry Requirements| and in the programme-specific pages|.

Quick links to programme-specific sections are given below:

MSc applications are considered on a rolling basis until the programmes are full - do apply early as competition is intense.

Applicants can check the availability of programmes by visiting the Graduate Admissions Available Programmes| webpage. Only applications submitted complete with all required information by the time that a programme closes can be considered.

Programme details can be found in the prospectus at the links above and on the Economics Department web site at Graduate Programmes|.

What should your application include?

Your application should include the following:

  • An application form with a personal statement
  • The appropriate application fee
  • Transcripts
  • A list of all the courses you are taking or will be taking this year under your current degree programme
  • Two academic references
  • GRE scores (see advice below)
  • Evidence of your command of English, if English is not your first language or if the language of instruction of your entire previous degree is not English. See English language requirements

For a full explanation of what you need to supply, please see How to Apply| and Completing Your Application|.

Do you need a Graduate Record Examination (GRE)?

Please see the programme-specific pages at the Graduate Programme| pages.

Applicants required to supply GRE General Test scores must include full and percentile test scores for all three sections with their application. The test scores should be less than five years old on 1 October 2015.

MSc in Economics (L1U1 - 1 year); MSc Economics and Philosophy (L1I1)
Applicants who have first (undergraduate) degrees in economics studied at UK universities are not required to submit GRE scores.

We will agree to exempt from the GRE requirement:

  • Applicants with an undergraduate joint economics degree (with a substantial element of economics and quantitative subjects) studied at a UK university.
  • Applicants who have completed a postgraduate diploma in economics at a UK university and provide final transcripts and a full reference from their Diploma teachers.  

MSc Econometrics and Mathematical Economics (L1UB - 1-year and L1UT - 2-year)
All applicants who do not have an undergraduate degree studied at a UK university are required to submit GRE scores with their application.

MSc Economics (L1U2 - 2-year)
GRE scores are required from all applicants, including graduates of UK universities.

How to take the GRE test

For details of how to take the test, see the ETS website|. The GRE has three sections: Verbal, Quantitative, Analytical. High GRE scores, especially in the Quantitative section, will further strengthen a good application. It is essential to familiarise yourself with the format of the test and the type of questions it asks. You are unlikely to score well if you take the test without preparing for it. So it is important to practise answering sample GRE test questions within the time allowed before you take the test. See the section on test preparation on the GRE website|

Any questions?

Answers to most questions can be found on the Graduate Admissions| website; please go to the LSE website index for graduate applicants| or the Admissions Enquiries| page. The " How do I...|" page explains, for example, how to amend the information you have supplied, obtain certificates, apply for scholarships or accommodation and carry out the most common tasks and enquiries on line.

To check the progress of your application you should use the  Track Your Application| web page. 

For remaining questions please contact the Graduate Admissions Office|.

To email Graduate Admissions you must first try to find the answer to your question by running a search on the Admissions Enquiries| page. You will then be offered the option, via a box at the bottom of the screen (headed 'To send a written enquiry') to email Graduate Admissions direct.

Further information and advice

The administrators for graduate admissions in the Department of Economics are Kathy Watts (Graduate Economics Admissions Manager) and Shubhra Mitra (Graduate Economics Admissions Administrator). If you have a query about our postgraduate programmes that is not addressed on the departmental website, contact Kathy and Shubhra|. Please note that we are not able to reply to questions that constitute a request for an informal assessment. Students who have questions about their eligibility should consult the Graduate Prospectus at the Graduate Study| pages both in the general Entry Requirements| and in the programme-specific| pages. We regret that we cannot provide any further information prior to receiving a complete formal application which, as indicated in the prospectus, should be submitted to the School's Graduate Admissions Office|.

All enquiries about the application process must be addressed to the School's central Graduate Admissions Office|.

The School's Financial Support Office| webpage has information on potential sources of funds for prospective graduate students. For further information on country-based awards, please also see the Awards| pages.

Information for students with disabilities and information about accommodation is dealt with by dedicated departments whose websites and contact details are available from Graduate Admissions|, where information for international students is also held. Summer School courses are administered by the Summer School| office and the Methods Summer Programme by the Methods Summer Programme| office.

Applicants may also refer to the Study at LSE| webpage.