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BSc Social Policy and Economics


UCAS code: LLK1

Programme requirement: A level at grade A in Mathematics

Usual standard offer:
 A level: grades A A B, including an 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/spo

Applications 2015: 136

First year students 2015: 3

First year:

(* half unit)

Second year:

Third year:

  • Dissertation on an Approved Topic
  • Public Economics
  • One social policy option
  • Either one option from social policy or economics or one outside option

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

In the first year you will study Foundations of Social Policy which gives you a framework for understanding how and why societies have developed a variety of institutional arrangements to provide for their social welfare needs, focusing on key developments in different areas of social policy, such as social security, education, housing, health and social care. 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. Quantitative Methods (Mathematics) is a basic course in Mathematics for students who have at least an AS-level in Mathematics, or equivalent. Quantitative Methods (Statistics) develops the elementary statistical tools necessary for further study in management and economics with an emphasis on the applicability of the methods to management and economic problems. Social Economics, Politics and Policy provides an introduction to theories and concepts of social economics; it considers how the market economy affects people’s lives and looks at the arguments for and against government intervention in different social policy areas.

Second and third years

In the second year you will study Comparative and International Social Policy which examines the distinct challenges of welfare provision faced by mature welfare states and the developing world. Research Methods for Social Policy will give you a comprehensive introduction to methods of social research with a statistical emphasis. Microeconomic Principles I is an intermediate course in microeconomic analysis. You have the choice of either Macroeconomic Principles, an intermediate course in macroeconomic analysis or Introduction to Econometrics, which aims to present the theory and practice of empirical research in economics.

The third year compulsory courses are: Public Economics, which develops theoretical and applied public economics using intermediate economic theory; and a dissertation on a relevant topic which gives you the opportunity to explore an area of interest in some depth. You choose your final two courses from the options available throughout social policy, economics or an outside option.