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BSc Economics and Economic History


UCAS code: VL31

Programme requirement: At least one essay-based subject

Usual standard offer: A level: grades A A B with A in Mathematics

International Baccalaureate: Diploma with 37 points including 6 6 6 at Higher level (to include Mathematics)

Other qualifications are considered

For further details, see lse.ac.uk/ug/apply/ech

Applications 2015: 299

First year students 2015:

This joint degree is an alternative way of studying economics. It will appeal if you want training in the application of economic theory and quantitative methods to real problems. 

First year:

Second year:

Third year:

Please note that not every course is available each year and that some courses may only be available with the permission of the course convenor and/or may be subject to space.

You can find the most up-to-date list of optional courses in the Programme Regulations section of the current School Calendar. 

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Programme details

First year

You take courses in economics, mathematics, statistics and economic history. The Internationalisation of Economic Growth focuses on the inter-relationships between the development of the international economy and the growth of national economies since the late nineteenth century. Mathematical Methods is an introductory-level course for those who wish to use mathematics seriously in social science, or in any other context. You will take Economics A or Economics B, depending on your economics background. Economics B is only for students with A level Economics or equivalent. Elementary Statistical Theory provides a precise and accurate treatment of introductory probability theory, statistical ideas, methods and techniques. 

Second and third years

In the second year you take either Microeconomic Principles I or Macroeconomic Principles, which are intermediate courses in microeconomic and macroeconomic analysis. You also take Theories and Evidence in Economic History, which examines theories and concepts used in economic history and provides an introduction to collect evidence and generate inference on relevant historical questions. You then study one econometrics option and one economic history option. 

In the third year you take Microeconomic Principles I or Macroeconomic Principles, whichever you did not take in the second year. You have the choice of one economics option or an outside option and one advanced economic history option. You will also submit a 10,000 word research project.