About the Programme
The MSc Finance and Economics (Research) programme is the same as the normal track (see Programme Structure) bar the following important differences:
Students write a dissertation of 6,000-10,000 words, giving them the option of undertaking more extensive research and analysis than the standard dissertation (6,000 words)
This track is designed for students wishing to pursue PhD studies.
Entry to the LSE PhD Finance programme is highly competitive and is not guaranteed for MSc Finance and Economics or MSc Finance and Economics (Research) students. Enrolment in the Research Track is not required in order to apply to LSE’s PhD in Finance programme. However, successful completion of this track allows students to fast track their PhD studies if admitted into the LSE’s PhD in Finance programme. Interested students must make a new application to the LSE PhD Finance programme by the beginning of the second term (early January).
Applying for MSc Finance and Economics (Research)
Students cannot apply directly to the MSc Finance and Economics (Research) programme. Students must be accepted onto the MSc Finance and Economics programme first. Only a small proportion of MSc Finance and Economics students are accepted onto the MSc Finance and Economics (Research) track. Once at LSE, students apply by expression of interest after taking the pre-sessional course and exams. Acceptance is conditional on prior background; student performance in the pre-sessional course exams; and on obtaining permission from the Department of Economics to take Advanced Microeconomics and from the Department of Finance to take Financial Econometrics for Research students. The programme management team will provide advice and guidance on the decision.