PhD Economics offer holders - new students

PhD Economics (new students who will be attending EC400 Introductory Course in Mathematics and Statistics)

Welcome to the PhD Economics Offer Holder webpage. We’re thrilled you'll be joining us next academic year. This page will provide you with essential information relating to your programme.  

Key programme dates


Week of 26 August 2019

Arrive in London

 28 August 2019

MRes Economics Programme registration

29/30 August 2019

Welcome events

2 September 2019

EC400 teaching starts

20 September 2019

EC400 teaching ends

23/24 September 2019

EC400 exams

25-27 September 2019

Maths Lectures for MRes students with Dr Andrew Ellis

30 September 2019

Michaelmas Term begins & teaching starts

1 October 2019

Welcome Reception

13 December 2019

End of Michaelmas Term

Michaelmas Term

Monday 30 September- Friday 13 December 2019

Lent Term

Monday 20 January-Friday 3 April 2020

Summer Term

Tuesday 5 May-Friday 19 June 2020

If you think you cannot register on 28 August 2019, contact Mark Wilbor, Research Programmes Manager as soon as possible. 

Programme Team

Mark Wilbor

Mark Wilbor
Research Manager


Rita Nemeth

Rita Nemeth
Programmes Administrator


Admissions Team


Lorna Severn
Graduate Admissions Administrator


Shubhra Mitra

Shubhra Mitra
Graduate Admissions Manager


photograph of Anna Watmuff

Anna Watmuff
Departmental & Graduate Admissions Assistant


Whenever you contact LSE, please quote your Applicant ID number and full name (as in your original application); it helps us to quickly identify your record and deal with your query. 

Meeting Conditions and Registration

You must register on 28 August 2019. Programme welcome events and your pre-sessional course will run from 29 August 2019. 

It is vital that you fully read the Graduate Offer Pack, which outlines the various steps that must be taken before registration. See especially Fulfilling conditions attached to your offer/supplying required documents and Visa advice for international students. Any outstanding conditions and documents are also displayed in your LSE for You account; be sure to submit these in good time. You will not be allowed to register unless you have submitted all documentation specified on your offer of admission and all the legal documents (e.g. appropriate ID; Visa (if applicable)) necessary for registration.

Students are required to attend the whole of EC400 teaching and are required to be registered in order to attend. Hence you must register on 28 August 2019 before EC400 commences. If you think you're unlikely to meet this date, contact Mark Wilbor, Research Programme Manager, as soon as possible. Requests to register after 28 August 2019 may be considered but will be granted only in particular exceptional circumstances. Ensure you have all the documents you need for registration.

Once you have registered, you will then need to:

  • Make your way over to 32 Lincoln’s Inn Fields – the home of the Department. We will have your EC400 course pack waiting for you. You will need your LSE student ID card to gain access to the building.
  • Visit the Library! Familiarise yourself with the Library and what’s available for you to use as a registered student. The IT helpdesk is based in the Library should you have any IT queries.
  • Take yourself on a tour of LSE using the LSExplorer! You can pick up these leaflets from the main reception in the Old Building or at 32 Lincoln's Inn Fields.
  • There will be building works going on when you arrive, however please be assured that this will not affect your studies. Here is a pedestrian access map that will help you get around.
  • Make use of your time before EC400 starts to register with a doctor, set up a bank account, get settled in accommodation, register with police if it's required etc. These activities will take up time so it is best to get these sorted before EC400 starts. Your offer pack gives you guidance on this, read page 23.

Whenever you contact LSE, please quote your Applicant ID number and full name (as in your original application); it helps us to quickly identify your record and deal with your query.


It is important to ensure you begin the visa application process as soon as possible. All students who require a visa should read the guidance on the following LSE website: ISVAT (International Student Visa Advice Team). This website includes an online form where you can submit queries relating to your specific circumstances.

Reading List

Basic reading lists, teaching arrangements and programme regulations for 2018/19 are published in the Calendar which will be updated for 2019/20 later this summer. Full reading lists are not available until teaching begins. However, you will be provided with further readings and course materials in preparation for EC400 in July via our online course Mathematics for Postgraduate Economists.  If you would like to undertake some reading prior to then, we encourage you to familiarise yourself with the following texts:

Chapters 1–5 and 9–13 of E T Dowling, Schaum's Outline of Theory and Problems of Mathematical Methods for Business and Economics, McGraw Hill, 1993

A Chiang and K Wainwright, Fundamental Methods of Mathematical Economics, McGraw-Hill, 2005.

R J Larson, M L Marx, Introduction to Mathematical Statistics and its Applications, 4th edn, Prentice Hall, New Jersey, 2006.

J H Stock and M W Watson, Introduction to Econometrics, 3th edn, Chapters 17 and 18, Pearson, 2011 or 

J Wooldridge, Introductory Econometrics: A Modern Approach, 5th edn, Chapters 2, 3 and 4, South-Western Cengage Learning, 2012


LSE Teaching Timetables can be found on the Student Teaching Timetable webpage. Lectures and classes can take place any time between 9.00-19.00, Monday to Friday. 

Visit LSE Term Dates for term dates, public holidays and School closure dates.

Assessment Criteria/Programme Classification

If you are new to studying in the UK or would like more information on your programme classification, read the Scheme for a Taught Masters Degree: Programmes Comprising Courses to the Value of Five Units.  You should also read the MRes/PhD Economics Programme Regulations.


Visit LSE Accommodation to discover more and to apply. You are advised to make an early application.


Offer holders should accept the offer of a place on the PhD, only if they already have sufficient funds in place to cover the cost of both the tuition fees and living expenses for the full length of their degree (2 years MRes and 4 years PhD).  Please be aware, the Department of Economics is unable to fund PhD students after they have started their degree. There may  be other sources of funding at later stages of the PhD,  for example, from teaching or research assistant positions, but these cannot be guaranteed nor can specific amounts (if any) be estimated at this stage.

Social Media

We will have a dedicated PhD Economics Group on Facebook! Watch this space to join the group and join in the conversations! 

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Student Benefits and Discounts

Find out about student benefits and discounts from Special offers for LSE students and the LSE SU.  Alumni also benefit from a range of exclusive discounts.


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