About the MSc programmes
These MSc programmes are designed to meet the needs of those who wish to take a more mathematical approach to economics. They have proved popular with mathematicians, statisticians, physical scientists and engineers converting to economics, as well as to graduate economists.
You should have a strong background in economic theory, econometrics, statistics and mathematics at a high level in your first degree.
If you do not have the full range of subject background required, you may apply to take the MSc over two years; please see the section below on the two year route.
All students who do not have an undergraduate degree from a UK institution must have taken the GRE General Test no more than five years before 1 October 2016, and must include the test scores with their application. Please see lse.ac.uk/admissionsEnquiries for more information. We do not require a specific mark but the test gives us an indication of aptitude for economics. Typically we expect candidates to score over 163/780 in the quantitative section of the test. A higher score will count in your favour, but other information, such as examination results and references will matter more in the overall evaluation. We recognise that if your first language is not English, the verbal test will be more demanding and we view your score on that basis.
An offer of a place on the MSc Econometrics and Mathematical Economics will include a conditional offer of progression to the MRes/PhD Economics, subject to the attainment of a distinction grade in the MSc.
MSc Econometrics and Mathematical Economics
The structure of the programmes is flexible, and allows you to specialise to some extent in either econometrics or economic theory, or a mixture of the two. The level of the material covered is perhaps higher than for any other master's degree internationally in this area, and the programmes have a long standing international reputation, listing numerous distinguished economists and econometricians among their graduates.
Students are required to attend the September Introductory Course in Mathematics and Statistics before the main teaching programme starts.
Econometric Analysis provides an advanced treatment of the theory of estimation and inference for econometric models.
Advanced Microeconomics has a special emphasis on mathematical methods and provides a firm grounding in classical microeconomic theory as well as its modern development.
Students will be expected to choose a total of two extra units from a range of options.
MSc Econometrics and Mathematical Economics (two year programme)
The preliminary year of the two year route is designed for students with high academic ability but lacking a sufficient background in economics, econometrics, statistics or mathematics. Its purpose is to enable students to develop their skills to the point where they are eligible for progression to the MSc in Econometrics and Mathematical Economics.
The preliminary year consists of the Introductory Course in Mathematics and Statistics in September 2016, followed by the compulsory courses in Econometric Theory and Microeconomics, and a further course from a choice of: (a) Mathematical Methods, (b) Probability, Distribution Theory and Inference and (c) Economic Theory and its Applications. Students who successfully complete the examinations in the preliminary year will be awarded a Diploma in Econometrics and Mathematical Economics, and those meeting the required standard will be permitted to proceed to the final year of the programme.
You can find the most up-to-date list of optional courses for MSc Econometrics and Mathematical Economics and MSc Econometrics and Mathematical Economics (two-year Programme) in the Programme Regulations section of the current School Calendar.
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Our former students are employed as economists in a wide range of national and international organisations in government, international institutions, business and finance. Approximately one third of students proceed to PhD programmes at LSE or other leading universities.